Foundation Updates | Published April 21, 2009

Don Hamer and Marie Bednar Give $1 Million to The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center for Commitment to Distinction Campaign

The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center has announced a gift to Commitment to Distinction: The Campaign for Mount Nittany Medical Center. Don Hamer and his wife, Marie Bednar, have given $1 million to support the construction of a new intensive care unit, a prominent feature of Mount Nittany Medical Center’s expansion plans, and a key initiative of the fundraising campaign.

“Since I’ve become more active with The Foundation, I’ve been impressed with the Medical Center’s high standards, and tireless dedication to advancement for the people of our region,” said Hamer, a member of the Board of Directors for The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center and a member of the Steering Committee. “This gift salutes the Medical Center’s quest for excellence and serves as our personal commitment to the campaign and the vital facilities expansion that I believe will set the mark for a world-class facility.” Hamer is the founder and chairman of State of The Art, Inc.

“This generous gift exemplifies the importance of our vision to the region,” said Kim Neely, director of The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center. “Don Hamer has provided leadership on our Board and with this gift inspires us all to give. Private giving is a significant stimulus – impacting our ability to meet our mission, but also in meeting our commitment to expanding necessary services, innovating the way we provide care, and responding to the community need.”

Last June, The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center launched Commitment to Distinction: The Campaign for Mount Nittany Medical Center, the largest, most ambitious fundraising effort in the organization’s history. The kickoff announced the campaign goal and significant gifts already committed by generous members of the community in support of a vital facilities expansion aimed at improving the patient experience at the Medical Center. The cornerstone of the expansion will be the three-floor, 42,000 square foot build-up of the existing east wing. Projected to open in 2010, the addition of two in-patient floors and one intensive care floor will offer single-bed patient rooms and increase intensive care capacity.

With an eye on patient safety and satisfaction, the Medical Center expects to construct all new rooms as single-patient rooms. This shift to private rooms follows a national movement toward providing patients with more privacy and space, with added benefits such as greater productivity of staff and improved quality of care.
Model single-patient rooms were built at an off-site location to help to guide the final design process. Healthcare staff and physicians then toured the models to provide feedback to ensure the best ergonomics and ease of patient care.

Commitment to Distinction is led by The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center under the direction of the Board of The Foundation and its steering committee. For more information on The Campaign or how to give, call 814.234.6777, e-mail or visit