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With the scheduled move of University Medical Center’s acute services to Community Regional Medical Center about three months away, steps toward the transition are increasingly visible.
In a note to Community employees Jan. 9, CEO Tim Joslin complimented transition teams for staying on schedule for the mid-April move. Specifically, he mentioned progress on several key projects:
The cost for these projects is about $20 million, and Joslin credited the Community Medical Foundation for contributing most of the money.
“We started with a foundation account of $3.4 million in 2000. With additional donations and investment performance that averaged 10 percent a year, it grew to more than $18 million. So we’ve utilized about $13 million of that to get these critical transition projects rolling,” Joslin said. “We thank the many donors, fund-raising volunteers and foundation board members who made this possible.”
This $13 million in funding augments the Foundation’s two-year capital campaign that began in 2000 and was co-chaired by James and Coke Hallowell.
Gordie Webster, chairman of the foundation’s board, said, “It’s great to see our donors’ investment being put to such an important and tangible use. We’re paving the way for the formation of a truly regional medical center where academic and private-practice physicians will work side-by-side. Our donors should be very proud to hear how their contributions grew and ultimately contributed to this transition.”
All acute-care services at UMC – including the Level 1 trauma and burn centers and surgery – will move to their permanent home at the Regional Medical Center, two blocks from Fresno City Hall.
Michelle Van Valkenburg reported this story. She can be reached a MedWatchToday@CommunityMedical.org.