The Buena Vista County Hospital Auxiliary pledged $50,000 to the hospital's capital campaign for its upcoming building project, which includes extensive remodeling in the emergency room area and an addition to house the Women's Health Center.
Michelle Lalone, president of the Auxiliary, presented the check Tuesday during a capital team meeting at BVCH.
The money for the pledge comes through the hospital's coffee shop and gift shop, both of which are run by the Auxiliary and its volunteer force.
Lalone said the Auxiliary originally planned to donate the funds to be used specifically for the coffee shop and gift shop in the building project.
"After our last meeting we decided to give it to the campaign with no strings attached," Lalone said. "We know how strong of a statement that would be."
Jim Sinek, hospital administrator, thanked the Auxiliary for its contribution, and noted the strong support the group has given the hospital in the past, including close to $100,000 for a new ambulance, radiology equipment and remodeling on the hospital's second floor.
"I can't say enough about an organization that puts that much time, energy and commitment into Buena Vista County Hospital," he said.
Sinek said that the building project, now in the final planning stages with the architect, will push the hospital closer to its goal of being a regional medical center with new services and enhanced services.
"I see that vision growing," he said.
The Auxiliary's donation comes on the heels of two other substantial pledges to the capital campaign, including $46,000 from BVCH employees themselves and $30,000 from Security Trust and Savings Bank, which kicked off the fund drive earlier this season.
The hospital's renovation and building project is expected to cost approximately $4 million, half of which is hoped to be raised through the capital campaign.
When successful, the campaign will be the most extensive public fundraising effort in the history of the facility, which is also marking its 50th anniversary of service this month.