TMH kicks off capital campaign |

TMH kicks off capital campaign

Todd and Kathy Hildebrand have run the gamut of emotions in the birthing rooms at The Memorial Hospital.

Each of their four children has been born there, instilling a sense of loyalty in the entire family.

That loyalty and the Hildebrands’ experience at the hospital makes them the perfect spokes-family for The Memorial Hospital’s capital campaign, launched Friday night with chili, wine and speakers who had a goal of building excitement and fervor among campaigners.

“We really have come to love this community,” Todd said. “The reason we agreed to do this is we are proud of our community. This has been a tremendously supportive community.”

The hospital’s goal is to raise $1 million from within the community to help “build the kind of hospital our kids and their kids deserve.”

A partial replacement hospital will be built west of Craig on property owned by Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig. What the cost will be isn’t set yet and will depend on how much can be raised from within the community.

“Probably the most important part of this project is the community support, not only financially, but emotionally” hospital board member Ron Danner said. “I can’t stress enough that every dollar we can put together for this project is critical.”

More than 40 community members have agreed to be part of the fund-raising effort, which will be led by longtime Craig resident Gail Severson.

Each will make a financial contribution.

“I believe that building a hospital is among the top priorities in Moffat County,” Moffat County Commissioner Saed Tayyara said Friday.

Several community leaders spoke about the need for a new hospital, including city Councilman Joe Herod, who remembers visiting an uncle in the hospital when the nurse call system went down and cowbells were used in its place. “By standing together as a community to get it done, I believe it will get done,” he said.

In addition to community donations, the hospital is seeking a $1 million Department of Local Affairs grant.

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