A first impression is a lasting impression. The front entrance of the hospital is important because it is the portal through which it welcomes, directs and supports the initial needs of patients and visitors. The entrance at Hunterdon Medical Center recently received a make over that is both attractive and handicapped accessible all because of the generosity of Raritan Township resident, Donald Baker. Mr. Baker has operated his business, Baker Mason Contractors, in Hunterdon County for the past 35 years. He has raised his family in the county and believes in the importance of giving back to help improve the community he works and calls home. Baker Mason Contractors have completed many projects over the years at Hunterdon Medical Center and recently came to the hospital with the idea of leveling the entrance and ramp.
“I noticed many people struggled navigating the ramp. I have done work at other hospitals and thought if it was leveled differently this might help with access,” stated Mr. Baker. He not only came up with the idea, but also volunteered his employee’s time and an in kind donation to complete a large part of the resurfacing project.
“The Hunterdon Medical Center has been there for my family over the years and I wanted to do something to make a difference for others,” explained Mr. Baker. In 2006, Mr. Baker’s wife Mary was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma. Mrs. Baker received treatment and care at Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center. Now cancer free, Mrs. Baker volunteers each week at the Cancer Center as a Partner in Healing, a group of cancer survivors that offer peer support to patients.
“We thank Baker Mason Contractors for their kind offer to complete this project which has benefitted over 2,000 patients and visitors who enter and exit the hospital each day,” stated Robert P. Wise, President and CEO of Hunterdon Healthcare. Christopher Sickels, Executive Vice President, Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation added, “In kind donations of time and services help support many capital projects that may not have adequate funding to complete in a timely manner. We encourage local businesses to contact the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation at (908) 788-6141 with ideas about projects that business owners and their employees can champion to improve the lives of other people in our community.”
Pictured left to right: Christopher Sickels, Executive Vice President, Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation, Donald Baker, owner, Baker Mason Contractors and Robert P. Wise, President and CEO, Hunterdon Healthcare.