Donors bank another $100K for Granville hospital

Jan. 31, 2014 @ 10:53 PM

OXFORD — The Granville Health System Foundation is one step closer to fulfilling a financial commitment it made to the Granville Health System, thanks to the success of its fifth annual art gala.

The gala attracted more than 200 participants, who participate in nearly 100 raffles and auctions. When all bids were in from the November event, the gala had raised more than $100,000, organizers recently announced.

“The foundation made a commitment of $500,000 over five years to the renovation that is going on right now,” said foundation board president Gary Bowman. “We’ve already paid $300,000 and now we’re about to pay another $100,000. We’ll be at 80 percent of our commitment.”

The health system’s expansion and renovation includes a new emergency department, expanded space for surgical services, a larger laboratory department, a larger lobby and a new energy plant.

Lee Isley, the hospital’s chief executive officer, wrote in an email, “We would like to thank our community in making the Art Gala a great success. Your generosity has allowed us to meet our fundraising goal. We thank you for your continued support.”

The theme of the gala was “Celebrating Community.” Prizes included items the winning bidder could carry home plus trip packages for New York City and Charlottesville, Va., and jaunts to Kiawah Island, Chesapeake Bay and Waynesville.

“It was our most successful one yet,” Bowman said. “There was great turnout. It was well run and well attended.”

He thanked the planning committee, which included chairwoman Martha Wrenn, Carolyn Blackwell, Melissa Bolton, Ginnie Currin, Andrea Endrusick, Ana Endrusick, Melissa Isley, Vickie Logan, Kristen Sorrels, Marshall Tanner, Mary Thorp, Peter Tocci and Judy Williford.

The Granville Health System has served the community for 92 years. From a single hospital in Oxford, it has grown to include facilities within reach of residents throughout the county.

As a charitable resource for Granville Health System, the foundation provides financial resources to maintain and improve the physical facilities, acquire new equipment, develop new services and recruit health professionals to Granville County.

Bowman said the annual gala is the biggest fundraiser the foundation sponsors. “Like all of our fundraisers, we use the money raised from the gala to support the work of Granville Health System.”

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