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Cabell Huntington reaches $12M toward children's hospital goal

Nov. 19, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Members of the Medallion Society of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation gathered to celebrate their role in reaching the initial $12 million fundraising goal for the Hoops Family Children's Hospital Monday.

The event included recognition of incoming members of the Medallion Society and a special signing of a donor wall.

The Medallion Society is a group of contributors who have pledged or donated $10,000 or more to the children's hospital project.

There are roughly 220 members, with 20 new members joining Monday.

Velma Workman, development outreach coordinator for Cabell Huntington, said $12 million was the initial goal set by the hospital when fundraising was first launched in 2008.

"We have exceeded that at this time, and now we're just a little under $13 million," she said. "Construction has begun as we are doing a total reconstruction of the fifth floor for the Hoops Family Children's Hospital."

The renovation of the fifth floor will be done in four phases, and no pediatric patients will be displaced by the construction, hospital officials said.

"In five or six months, the entire fifth floor will look completely different," said hospital spokesman Charles Shumaker. "In six or seven months, we should get some of the patients into the first reconstructed areas.

"And this was just a celebration of hitting the initial goal," he said of Monday's event. "The fundraising doesn't stop here."

The Hoops Family Children's Hospital is a 71-bed facility within the hospital. The children's complex is a member of the Children's Hospital Association and includes a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, general pediatrics units and a pediatric intensive care unit.

The hospital is named after Jeff Hoops, a coal executive who has been a large contributor toward the project.

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