The Carroll Hospital Center hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Feb. 18 to mark the beginning of construction on the William E. Kahlert Regional Cancer Center, a state-of-the-art cancer treatment center, and the Tevis Center for Wellness.
Monday's ceremony at the hospital on Memorial Avenue in Westminster included comments by Lee Primm, chairman of the "Campaign to Cure and Comfort, Always," fundraising campaign and Greg Kahlert and Jack Tevis, the campaign's two largest donors.
The facilities are the two marquee projects of the "Campaign to Cure and Comfort, Always," the hospital's $22-million community fundraising initiative.
Funds raised by the campaign will also support expanded cardiovascular and stroke services, upgrades in medical and communications technology and an endowment fund for Carroll Hospice.
During the afternoon event, the Kalhert family presented the hospital with a $1 million check, the first donation toward a $5 million pledge and the largest single donation made in the hospital's 50-year history.
Earlier, Tevis, president and CEO of S.H. Tevis & Son Inc., and his wife, Beth, had donated $1 million to the Carroll Hospital Center Foundation's campaign.
The main location of the Tevis Center for Wellness will be inside the Dixon Building on Carroll Hospital Center's campus. The new center will feature conference space, an expanded library and resources to help the hospital better prevent illness and promote wellness in the community.
Services will include screenings, educational programs and support groups, group acupuncture, massage therapy and a wellness boutique. The Tevis Center for Wellness is scheduled to open in September 2014.
The center's programs will be offered throughout Carroll County through partnerships with local businesses, physicians and community organizations.
Jack Tevis was chairman of "Fulfilling the Promise" fundraising campaign that secured more than $10 million from the community between 2001 and 2003 to construct a new emergency department, five-story inpatient bed tower, outpatient center and the Carroll Hospice inpatient facility.
For information about the campaign's five initiatives or to participate, call the foundation at 410-871-6200 or go to http://www.carrollhospitalcenter.org/campaign.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun