Carroll Hospital Center and Carroll Hospice announced this week that the Taneytown-based Kahlert Foundation has donated $5 million to the "Campaign to Cure & Comfort, Always," a $22 million community fundraising initiative.
This is the first multi-million dollar gift the hospital has received in its 50-year history.
"This gift will impact thousands of people in our community and will continue to shape the future of quality health care in Carroll County," said John Sernulka, Carroll Hospital Center's president and CEO.
Greg Kahlert, president of the Kahlert Foundation, said he was motivated by the campaign's focuses on hospice and cancer care. His father, William Kahlert, co-founder of Evapco, Inc., died from liver cancer in 2011.
"During the last days of his life, dad received excellent care and comfort from hospice," said Kahlert in a press release. "The new cancer center is a very worthy cause. It will help thousands of local residents and for us, helping others to fight, and survive, cancer will be very rewarding."
Funds donated through the campaign will support several initiatives, including a new cancer center that will be constructed adjacent to the Dixon Building on Carroll Hospital Center's campus. The new facility, slated for construction in 2013, will house expanded cancer services for patients with all types and stages of cancer.
Other efforts funded by the campaign include renovations to the Dixon Building for a community education and wellness center; clinics for congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, chronic pulmonary disease and diabetes; purchase of new diagnostic, medical and communications equipment; and an endowment to aid with bereavement and spiritual services, scholarships, community outreach and other expenses.
For more information on the five initiatives of the campaign or to learn how to participate, contact the Carroll Hospital Center Foundation at 410-871-6200 or go to http://www.carrollhospitalcenter.org/campaign.