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University Foundation Surpasses $8 Million Initiative
AUGUSTA, Feb. 18, 2007 -- University Health Care Foundation has announced that it has surpassed the goal of its capital fundraising campaign with $8.35 million -- the largest capital fundraising effort in the history of the hospital and the state of Georgia outside of Atlanta.
"The outpouring of commitment and support from this community has been inspirational," said Randolph R. Smith, M.D., a plastic surgeon who practices at University Hospital and co-chair of the Foundation's capital campaign. "Their support acknowledges that for nearly 200 years, their community hospital has led the region in quality care. Furthermore, it reaffirms that the community entrusts University to guide the future of health care delivery in this region."
According to Foundation President Pete Brodie, there were several leadership gifts that set the stage for this campaign to be successful. Those came from:
- The estate of Frank S. Dennis Jr. through his children
- The Knox families of Thomson and Augusta
- The Volunteer Board of University Health
- University Health Care System Employees
- Augusta Plastic Surgery Associates
- Cardiovascular Associates of Augusta
- Corporate donors including Wachovia Bank, Suntrust Bank of Augusta, Georgia Bank & Trust, Queensborough National Bank & Trust and Bank of America.
The campaign, launched in June 2005, is in support of University Hospital's $93.5 million renovation and expansion project that includes the following:
- A four-story, 199,000-square foot Cardiovascular Center that will consolidate all state-of-the-art cardiovascular diagnostic and treatment services together under one roof.
- 72 Universal Patient Rooms where trained staff can care for patients at all levels in their recovery
- A redesigned and enhanced Surgical Unit to accommodate robotics and other emerging technologies, along with a dedicated Surgical Waiting Room for family members
- A dedicated Outpatient Center, that opened last summer, that allows patients to register for and receive outpatient services in a one-stop center with its own parking area
"This fundraising initiative ensures that the new Cardiovascular Center, Surgical Suites, Outpatient Center and the other renovations planned will be state of the art, patient and family centered and world-class in facilities and technology," Mr. Brodie explained.
"Every dollar raised through philanthropy frees additional resources that University Health Care System is able to invest in new equipment and technology and contributes to our community hospital’s long-term viability," he continued. "Philanthropic gifts are essential to the hospital meeting its mission of caring for people throughout the Greater Augusta area.”
The capital campaign surpassed its goal of $7 million at the end of 2006, under the leadership of Dr. Smith and Wyck A. Knox Jr., campaign co-chairs. The Foundation staff continued its efforts in 2007, hoping to reach a “stretch” goal of $8 million.
"We always believed the stretch goal was attainable," Mr. Knox said. "Everywhere we go, we are endeared by stories from people whose lives have been touched by University Hospital. That's what invigorates our team."
The Foundation accepted a huge challenge by taking on what is believed to be the largest single fundraising initiative attempted in the community’s philanthropic history, Mr. Brodie said. “We are extremely grateful to the many unnamed individuals, corporate entities and foundations that supported our campaign. This campaign has set a new philanthropic standard for the community.”
University Hospital is Augusta’s community nonprofit hospital. It is not tax supported or directly reimbursed by government, but still provides millions of dollars in charity care to area residents each year. Every dollar earned over expenses at University is reinvested in the hospital, which is a reinvestment in the local community and in the health and wellness of its residents.