2008-12-18 / Front Page

FCMC Foundation Kicks Off $2.5 Million Campaign

Fundraising to support the patient services building project
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FCMC Auxiliary members present a $20,000 gift to members of the FCMC Foundation Board. From left to right: auxiliary members Judy Eisaman, Carole Grissinger, Nancy Younker, Doris Ray, Betty Shelley, Sarah Gordon, Carol Mellott, Vivian Reilly, Helen Overly, vice chair FCMC Foundation Board; Spence Perry, chair FCMC Foundation Board; Leslie Paylor, FCMC Foundation Board member; and seated: Jean McLucas, auxiliary member. FCMC Auxiliary members present a $20,000 gift to members of the FCMC Foundation Board. From left to right: auxiliary members Judy Eisaman, Carole Grissinger, Nancy Younker, Doris Ray, Betty Shelley, Sarah Gordon, Carol Mellott, Vivian Reilly, Helen Overly, vice chair FCMC Foundation Board; Spence Perry, chair FCMC Foundation Board; Leslie Paylor, FCMC Foundation Board member; and seated: Jean McLucas, auxiliary member. The board of directors of the Fulton County Medical Center Foundation announced last week its $2.5 million "Continuing the Dream" campaign to support the new patient services building project at Fulton County Medical Center.

With over half of the goal already committed, the campaign for the new patient services building will run through June of 2010 when the 16,000-squarefoot addition will be completed. Fulton County Medical Center Auxiliary was the first to pledge to the project with a $20,000 gift.

The new patient services building is phase two of a 25-year plan. This project will enable the Medical Center to consolidate its six off-site offices into one location on its 22-acre campus. This will, in turn, create significant operating cost savings while creating better efficiencies for patients, physicians and the community at large.

"Our vision of a medical campus to care for our community is becoming a reality as each new phase of our plan is completed," said Jason F. Hawkins, president and CEO.

The new project will feature specialty physician offices and exam space as well as procedure rooms. This is an important element in recruiting additional specialty physicians to the area, as well as retaining current specialty physicians who already care for the community.

"The state-of-the-art facility and expanded equipment from the last campaign enable us to care for this community with the highest quality atmosphere combined with the dedicated and highly qualified staff. I look forward to working in the new patient

services building; it will be

a great addition to serving the

community," states Dr. Robert

Kaneda. Dr. Kaneda has been a caring for the community for more than 20 years.

The patient services building will result in improved customer service and convenience. Outpatients will no longer need to travel across town for labwork or tests following an appointment with a specialty physician because they will be directed to the labs adjacent to the specialist's offices. The new addition will be attached to the current Medical Center to provide easy access for all patient services.

The two-story addition will house specialty physician services and home health services on the first floor, with administration, human resources, a computer lab, patient billing, a community room and community relations and development on the second floor.

The large community room designed on the second floor of the new facility will enable community groups to use a large meeting space to host classes, seminars, lectures, special meetings and open forums.

When asked how successful this campaign will be in the current economic climate, Helen Overly, who led the most recent hospital campaign, said, "It's the best place people can invest and re-invest their money, leaving a legacy that will give back to the community for generations to come. The Medical Center is a major employer in our area and these jobs will remain here. Gifts and pledges arrive on a daily basis and we are confident that this campaign will be as successful as the original 'Vision to Reality Campaign' that raised over $7 million locally to build the new hospital and nursing home, which was on time and on budget."

Spence Perry, FCMC foundation board chair, states, "This campaign is the first of many initiatives planned by the foundation. This spring the foundation will host the annual dinner auction with half of the proceeds slated for this project and 50 percent earmarked for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life. The foundation also looks forward to working with the FCMC Board of Directors on a collaborative effort to award scholarships to local students pursuing careers in the health field so that we can continue to recruit and retain healthcare workers locally."

For more information about the campaign, naming opportunities, the new addition and other foundation initiatives, contact Cheryl A. Brown, director of community relations and development at the FCMC Foundation at 717-485-6842 or visit the

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Web at www.fcmcpa.org.

The Fulton County Medical Center Foundation was established in August 2008 to support health and wellness in the community. FCMCF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in McConnellsburg. The organization is governed by nine board members and staffed by the FCMC Community Relations and Development office. The board members include: Spence Perry, chair; Helen Overly, vice-chair; Bryan Koontz, secretary treasurer; Todd Alexander, Loy Garber, Tim McGarvey, Leslie Paylor, Margaret Taylor and Andy Washabaugh.

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