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Officials hope donation helps medical center reach its goal

January 22, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - As warm air was pumped through the shell structure of the new Fulton County Medical Center this week, fundraising efforts also were heating up courtesy of an anonymous donor.

The donor agreed to provide as much as $300,000 in matching contributions made by June 30, Marketing Director Misty Hershey said.

About $900,000 remains to be raised for the $37.5 million facility, according to Hershey.

Cheryl Brown, the medical center's development director, compared the anonymous donor to a guardian angel in a news release.

"With this challenge, and your help, $600,000 of the remaining goal can be secured," she said.

Fair weather this season contributed to the medical center's construction staying on schedule and within budget, Hershey said.

"We have had the best weather," she said. "(This) week, the roof should be complete."

Concrete has been poured throughout the 97,000-square-foot facility on Peach Orchard Road, and beams in the main section recently were sprayed with a fireproofing agent.

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Electricians are preparing to wire the long-term care section, where walls and windows have been installed.

Officials plan to have the facility open in December.

Hershey said the anonymous donor's agreement to match contributions is "kind of a shot in the arm ... to get that last little bit raised."

"If you haven't supported the project yet, your new gift will be automatically doubled. If you have already supported the project but can make an additional gift, your additional gift will be doubled," Building Campaign Chairwoman Helen Overly said, calling the donor's agreement "a win-win situation for everyone."

Donations may be sent to Fulton County Medical Center in care of the Development Office, 216 S. First St., McConnellsburg, PA 17233. For information about naming opportunities still available, call Brown at 717-485-6842.

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