Fund-raising group said it wasn't planning to pull out of hospital construction project

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To the Editor:

Philanthropic Professionals, Inc.'s (PPI) recommendation that has been forwarded to The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees as well as The Memorial Hospital Foundation, states that Laura Nelson, CEO, is not calling off the capital campaign, but focusing the campaign's efforts on Phase III, which is solely the grant writing phase. There will be no additional cost for Phase III to The Memorial Hospital or The Memorial Hospital Foundation for this service.

Considering the location issue is still pending, Laura Nelson is stating that Phase III is the most cost-effective direction to proceed with at this time. PPI is a firm that reviews and recommends the most cost-effective manner in which a client should proceed and has identified several private foundations as well as state and federal grants to fund the projected goal for the project, not to mention has offered to resume on-site campaign directorship once the location issue has been resolved.

To date, under PPI's direction, a total of more than $300,000 has been contributed in pledges and in-kind donations by the community. Once the location has been decided, (these projects take time) other community leaders have indicated a willingness to financially support the project. PPI, therefore, recommends the hospital foundation protect its reserve account by entering into Phase III at the end of April.

Today, there are hundreds of new hospitals being built in rural America. Health care is a priority.

You, the community of Craig, deserve a new hospital.

Philanthropic Professionals Inc.

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