Medical group beats its fund-raising goal

Foundation sought $20 million to finance hospital construction


The Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation announced last week that it has surpassed its $20 million goal in a fund-raising campaign for the six-story hospital under construction at AAMC's Medical Park near Annapolis Mall.

Begun in late 1997, the effort - one of the largest capital fund-raising campaigns in county history - brought in gifts and pledges totaling $20,950,000 before the target date of Friday.

The announcement was made by Hillard Donner, chairman of the foundation's "A New Century of Caring" campaign, during a celebration Thursday honoring campaign volunteers and Anne Arundel Health System trustees and board members.

Donner, 76, owner of Mills Wine & Spirit Mart in Annapolis, pledged $1 million in starting the campaign, with a minimum goal of $10 million toward construction of the $65 million regional medical center. In recognition of the gift, the Medical Park pavilion housing community health programs was named in honor of his parents, Rose and Joseph Donner, said AAMC spokeswoman Mary Lou Baker.

A donation of $1 million was made in the name of the Wayson family, which has deep roots in southern Anne Arundel County, resulting in the naming of the Wayson Pavilion housing professional offices.

Other major contributions included $2.5 million from the AAMC Auxiliary, $2 million from the county government and a $600,000 Kresge challenge grant requiring a 4-to-1 match. The necessary $2.4 million match was raised in less than six months, including more than $1 million from first-time donors across Anne Arundel and in parts of Prince George's County and the Eastern Shore, the foundation noted.

Medical center employees pledged $850,000, and the medical staff $1.5 million.

Donner said a majority of contributions came from individuals in the greater Annapolis area.

"This clearly shows the importance of this health care institution to the local community," he said.

Despite the success, the fund raising has not ended. Donner said it will continue "right down to the official ribbon-cutting," with additional funding needed to outfit patient floors, purchase equipment, complete a "healing garden" and children's garden, and expand the hospital's Breast Center.

Construction is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2001, bringing a move of all acute-care services there from the downtown hospital.

That property has been sold to Madison Homes of Virginia and will undergo residential development.

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