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TMH near million dollar mark

Capital campaign expected to top mark once construction begins

The Memorial Hospital’s capital campaign is less than $200,000 from its $1 million goal.

According to TMH community relations director Pam Thompson, the campaign has raised $839,272 toward the construction of a new hospital.

“I’m confident we’ll get there,” Thompson said.

Thompson said she expects to exceed $1 million in donations by the middle of November.

There are a few donations that Thompson knows about that have yet to be finalized. When those donations are final, she expects to exceed the goal.

“There is a lot of support for a new hospital,” she said.

All of the donations so far have come from Northwest Colorado. The biggest was for $100,000 from TIC Holdings Inc. of Steamboat Springs.

Once TMH reaches the $1 million goal, Thompson said officials will move on to writing grant requests, including requests to the state’s Department of Local Affairs.

DOLA already has given TMH a $1 million grant for infrastructure at the new facility, which will sit west of Craig on property owned by Colorado Northwestern Community College.

The money from the capital campaign will be used as matching funds for grants, Thompson said.

There will be a celebration of the campaign in February, Thompson said.

Bonnie Hampton, chairwoman of the TMH Foundation, said she was pleased with the progress of the campaign, which kicked off in July.

“The generosity of this community never ceases to amaze me,” she said.

Hampton said she knows of some donors who plan to contribute, but are waiting until they see the project get under way before they make a donation.

“Once we have a bulldozer up there actually moving dirt, that will help bring in a few dollars,” Hampton said.

TMH board member and building committee chairman Ron Danner, said initial construction could start as early as next spring.

The Craig City Council will review construction plans before construction starts. Danner said it could be six months before the city signs off on construction.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or

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