From $10 to $1 million, donations from many individuals, companies and foundations have helped to fund a substantial portion of the new Union Hospital Lauren Emergency Center. To date, nearly $3.1 million has been donated and pledged to the capital campaign in support of the project. The balance of the project’s total cost of $17.7 million has been financed through an issue of long-term bonds.
The largest single donation was made by Lauren International of New Philadelphia. Monte Ball, Union Hospital’s director of development, said Lauren’s $1-million gift was one of the largest in the hospital’s history and is a tribute to the community-minded company and its hundreds of employees.
“Lauren International recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and their donation to the hospital’s Emergency Center campaign establishes that company as a leader in local philanthropy,” Ball said. As the result of its gift, Ball said the Lauren name has been incorporated into the name of the new facility: “The Union Hospital Lauren Emergency Center.”
Ball also noted two other substantial gifts from within the Union Hospital family that helped to advance the fund-raising effort. The Union Hospital Auxiliary made the first pledge to the capital campaign and completed payment of its $300,000 gift last year. A pledge of $250,000 was made early in the fund-raising process by the members of EmergiMed, Inc., the physician group providing patient care in the Emergency Center.
“It’s very gratifying to see the members of the UH Auxiliary and our EmergiMed Physicians group helping to lead the way in our fund-raising campaign,” Ball said. “And there are dozens of other donors who’ve made gifts ranging from $5,000 to $100,000 to sponsor patient treatment rooms and other patient care areas of the new Emergency Center.”
Ball said the opening of the Emergency Center does not end the fund-raising campaign. He said anybody interested in learning more about donation opportunities is welcome to call him at (330) 602-0789.