Vaughan Huse remembers 1952, when Anne Arundel Medical Center was "just a building" with only a handful of doctors.
That is the year she became president of the auxiliary and helped the local hospital grow into a complex that has outgrown downtown Annapolis and expanded near Annapolis Mall.
"We're still trying to grow," Ms. Huse said Saturday evening, while eating at a $35-a-plate buffet at Quiet Waters Park that marked the end of the hospital's $8.6 million capital campaign.
Sitting with Ms. Huse was Mrs. J. Walter Jones , who started the family rooms at the hospital's hospice center in 1986, a year after her husband died.
"It's always important that we have money," she said, adding that she and Ms. Huse were good friends of Rebecca M. Clatanoff, for whom a new women's hospital is being named. "That's why we come to things like this. That's why we contribute."
The $8.6 million will go toward several capital projects, including a new cardiac catheterization laboratory, the Rebecca M. Clatanoff Women's Hospital and renovations to the downtown hospital on Franklin Street.
The capital campaign began in March 1992, with June 30, 1993, set as the deadline for raising at least $8.6 million.
Although the hospital will continue to raise money for the $40 million capital project, administrators were thrilled to meet the June 30 deadline.
"It's the largest campaign we've ever undertaken," said Lisa Hillman, executive director of the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation. "We're very happy to meet this goal."
George Benson, the general campaign chairman, said more than 1,300 donors made contributions and pledges.
The money was raised through private donations from businesses, corporations and individuals, Ms. Hillman said.
"We did go to C&P; and BG&E; in Baltimore because they had been supportive in the past, but almost all the money came from within Anne Arundel County," she said.
Nearly $5 million was raised from the community, $2 million from the Auxiliary of Anne Arundel Medical Center, almost $900,000 from the medical staff and $350,000 from hospital employees, she said.
County Executive Robert R. Neall announced in February that the county would pitch in $600,000 toward the project in three annual $200,000 installments.
A large portion of the money will be used for the new women's hospital, to be built next to the center's existing Medical Park on Jennifer Road near Annapolis Mall.
Hospital administrators said the obstetrics/gynecology department is being moved from the Franklin Street site because of the cramped quarters there.
The new women's hospital will have 22 labor, delivery and recovery rooms, and another 14 private rooms with baths to accommodate women hospitalized for other gynecological procedures.
The three-story hospital will also have an upgraded, critical-care nursery so fewer infants born with problems will have to go to Baltimore for treatment.
Site preparation for the new hospital began in April and administrators plan to break ground on the project in late fall.
Ms. Hillman said the project, which will cost about $20 million, is expected to be completed in 1995.
The other major component of the capital project is the $13 million to $15 million renovation of the downtown facility, which includes expanding the emergency and operating rooms, combining the cardiac and intensive care units and moving pediatrics to another floor.
About $2 million of the project already has been earmarked for the new cardiac catheterization laboratory, which opened in February, Ms. Hillman said.
What the hospital does not raise through contributions toward the $40 million project, it will finance through the sale of bonds, she said.