HAMILTON – Sapphire Lutheran Homes is hosting a benefit brunch for Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit on Saturday.

At the gourmet brunch, diners can choose from crab Benedict, fruit-stuffed French toast, sweet cheese blintzes or build their own breakfast of eggs cooked to order, hash browns, ham, bacon or sausage and toast. All will be served with a choice of coffee, tea, juice or an orange juice or peach mimosa.

Sapphire Lutheran Homes Director of Community Life Dominic Farrenkopf said he has a personal and professional connection with the hospital.

“The hospital and Sapphire have a long history of helping each other out,” Farrenkopf said.

Farrenkopf recalls when he has been in the ICU to say goodbye to a loved one, and how emotional and personal that time is – but that you are in a small area with others in emotional situations.

“You are separated by a thin curtain,” he said. “There is a lot of privacy that goes on with health care and we recognize the need.”

“We want to raise awareness that this is a need in our community,” Farrenkopf said.

Daly Hospital Foundation Director Ron Kullick said that the current ICU is 492 square feet. He said that the new ICU is going to be about 3,500 square feet.

Kullick said the hospital has a strong relationship with Sapphire Lutheran Homes. “Our missions are very much aligned,” he said. “We are trying to provide the finest care for those that we care for.”

He said that the hospital continues to use the tiny ICU; however, the need has nearly doubled and is projected to double again based on population, the new emergency department and the enhanced level of care provided.

“We want to keep our patients close to home,” Kullick said.

He said because of the need, Marcus Daly is looking at starting construction this fall as the plans for the new ICU are in the design process and would be scheduled to open in summer 2014. It is estimated to cost $3.2 million for the addition and equipment needed for the addition.

“It is an investment in each of ourselves and the community,” Kullick said.

At the brunch, they will have a taped-off area to show the community how big the current ICU is. Kullick said people can also get a perspective because the dining area the brunch will take place in is a little smaller than the proposed new ICU size.

The Daly Hospital Foundation and Sapphire Lutheran Homes are nonprofit organizations. The $12 tickets are tax-deductible and 100 percent benefit the new Marcus Daly Intensive Care Unit through the Daly Hospital Foundation.

The gourmet brunch is Saturday, June 8, beginning at 9 a.m. to noon at the Sapphire Lutheran Home at 501 N. 10th St. in Hamilton. Tickets can be purchased in advanced calling the hospital at 375-4674, calling Sapphire Lutheran Homes at 363-2800 or visiting mdmh.org.

Reach reporter Julia Cummings at 363-3300 or julia.cummings@ravallirepublic.com.