Wickenburg Community Hospital Foundation met its goal of raising $7.5 million last week with the final pledge coming from Wickenburg Ranch.
In 2011, the foundation launched the campaign to fund construction of capital improvements on the Wickenburg Community Hospital campus. Plans include an addition to the hospital which will house a new surgical and diagnostic center, construction of a new medical office building and a new fitness center.
As of last fall, the drive had raised well over $6 million in pledges and donations, but was lagging in the final push. Foundation Board President Art Ditto and his wife Gail, infused excitement into the campaign when they pledged another $500,000 in matching funds to help put the drive over the top. This garnered more donations, but even with the match the $7.5 million mark had not been met. Until last week, when Wickenburg Ranch stepped up to fill the gap.
This was an incredible gesture on the part of Wickenburg Ranch, WCH CEO Jim Tavary said.
The final amounts have not been tabulated, but when the donations and pledges received as recently as last week have all been accounted for, Wickenburg Ranch will donate the remaining amount to bring the final total to $7.5 million according to Rich Newman, manager of vertical construction for M3 Companies, the developer at Wickenburg Ranch.
Wickenburg Community Hospital currently provides an impressive array of services; the future residents of Wickenburg Ranch will benefit greatly by having this expanded facility in such close proximity, said M3 Partner Bill Brownlee.
Tavary said his discussions with officials at Wickenburg Ranch have been really positive and he anticipates WCH will continue to work toward bringing comprehensive health care delivery to the area for all residents, especially as the community anticipates growth with the addition of the Wickenburg Ranch development.
“I am humbled with the announcement made by Wickenburg Ranch through Rick Newman. Our community hospital is truly grateful to be the recipient of such generosity and community support,” Tavary said.
Art Ditto looked back over the capital campaign with gratitude for all the donors who have come forward over time. “When the decision was made to construct a surgery center at the hospital, the foundation board were quick to step forward and do all possible to raise the $7.5 million estimated cost of construction. We realized it was a major challenge, but all board members committed to somehow making the campaign a success.
I can’t thank the people of this community and beyond enough for their generosity,” Ditto said.
WCH is in the process of obtaining a US Department of Agriculture loan to finance construction of the planned improvements as well as refinance other debts. Approval of the loan is anticipated any day. Once Tavary has been notified of the approval, construction will begin. The $7.5 million in donations and pledges will be applied to the loan as the money is collected over the next several years, Tavary said. Donors will be recognized on a wall in the new addition. Donations will continue to be accepted. For more information contact Foundation Manager Darcy Fuller at (928) 668-1812.
Originally published in the Wickenburg Sun http://www.wickenburgsun.com/ by Jeanie Williams, Editor