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Catholic Health Receives Wendt Foundation Grants

October 24, 2008

The Mercy Hospital Foundation’s Emergency Room (ER) Campaign and the OLV Senior Neighborhood recently received grants of $500,000 and $125,000 respectively from The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation in support of their projects to improve emergency care services at Mercy Hospital and to complete the “Main Street” phase of OLV’s Senior Neighborhood.

The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation grant earmarked for Mercy’s new ER project kicks off the public phase of the Mercy Hospital Foundation’s ER Campaign with a goal to raise $3.5 million towards the construction of a $32 million state-of-the-art ER facility. To date, more than $2 million has been contributed to the campaign. The project features a 46,000 square-foot addition to the hospital which will triple the size of the current ER and respond to the growing need for emergency care services in the area. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for October 30, 2008, with completion projected for December 2009.

“We are grateful to The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation for supporting this critical community need and helping Mercy Hospital move forward in its mission to provide the highest quality health care services available to our patients,” said Daniel McCormack, Executive Director of the Mercy Hospital Foundation. “We are now in the process of reaching out to all members of our community, including our Mercy staff, nurses, physicians, local business leaders, and neighbors to join us in our efforts to build this much needed facility.”

The Foundation’s grant of $125,000 to the Father Baker Gaslight Park Capital Campaign supports the multi-phased OLV project which converted the former OLV Hospital to a multi-level care and living campus for seniors.

Providing the finishing touches to the OLV senior campus will be “Main Street,” a central hub for the community featuring a gift shop, chapel, cinema, café, lab collection site, and museum honoring the former OLV Hospital and medical staff. The Foundation’s grant funds will help complete the cinema, community room and kitchen of “Main Street.” Construction is under way and completion is expected next year. A grand celebration to mark the completion of the entire OLV renovation project is planned for October 2, 2009, which would have been the 90th anniversary of the original hospital.

“We sincerely thank The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation for helping to bring our project to fruition. With the “Main Street” phase underway, our vision for turning the former hospital campus to a vibrant, multi-care level senior community is within clear focus,” said Aimee Gomlak, Vice President of Catholic Health Strategic Redevelopment.

For more information about Mercy Hospital’s new ER Capital Campaign, please call the Mercy Hospital Foundation at 828-2038. To learn more about the Victory for Seniors capital campaign at the OLV Senior Neighborhood, please call 604-1806 or visit www.chsbuffalo.org/gaslightpark .

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