Fuertes showed a slide presentation to about 150 Bassett officials and supporters who attended the campaign launch. The slides contrasted the current waiting area with her vision for a private waiting room that “communicates harmony and tranquility and reduces the stress and anxiety inherent to this kind of health care.”
She said that making a good first impression is crucial to the project, and that she hoped to be able to give patients an area where they can relax.
“Imagine having this area where a robbed woman can sit around and wait,” she said.
Bassett CEO William Streck joked that after seeing Fuertes’ slides, that the Friends of Bassett might need to raise more money.
“We thought the total cost of the project would be $2.5 to $3 million, but that was before I saw Cari’s decorating slides,” he said.
“It is essential for us to get that equipment and important to have the kind of place that Cari describes,” he added.
Bonderoff said that the radiology department at Bassett has a great reputation and almost unheard of numbers when it comes to safety reviews.
“We just had a Mammography Quality Standards Act review, which is the federal inspection, and we had zero infractions,” he said. “That is highly unusual.”
“Not only do we see it, but so do these outside regulatory agencies,” he continued.
Added Streck: “We had five departments inspected and they did not find one infraction in any of them. Not only is that unusual, but it is almost unhealthy to the job safety of the regulators, because it usually makes them look like they are not doing their jobs. But that is how excellent our (radiology departments have) been.”
The money will be raised by the Friends of Bassett group as well as the center’s board of directors and in-house fundraising department.
“There is a lot of enthusiasm for this at the Friend’s of Bassett Board,” Streck said, “and also a lot of enthusiasm among the administration.”
Added Bonderoff, “In my 12 or 13 years at Bassett, this is probably the most exciting project we have been able to offer.”