ELLSWORTH — With help from approximately 1,000 donors from across the region, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital has exceeded its $5-million capital campaign goal.
The campaign began in July 2009 and was needed to finance 50 percent of the construction costs associated with F. Eugene Dixon, Jr. Emergency Center project.
The announcement that the campaign goal had been achieved was made at the hospital’s annual meeting on Sept. 28 by Board Chairman Bob Merrill, who also served as chairman of the capital campaign.
“Businesses and individuals in our area recognized the great need for the new emergency center and they gave generously,” Merrill said. “The hospital board, administrative team and staff are very grateful for the outpouring of support received over the past two years. Each gift, regardless of size, helped to achieve the $5-million goal.”
In December 2009, the Hospital was the beneficiary of a $500,000 challenge grant from an anonymous donor.
The matching gift goal was met during the established 24-week challenge period with approximately 25 percent of the gifts received from first-time donors to the hospital.
The emergency center campaign also included a goal of raising $1 million in deferred planned gifts to benefit the hospital’s endowment fund.
The Dixon Emergency Center opened on March 1, 2010. The facility provides comprehensive emergency care in an expanded facility that includes 13,500 square feet of new space, designed to serve up to 24,000 patients annually.
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