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Thursday, February 21, 2013 - Carroll Hospital Center Breaks Ground on William E. Kahlert Regional Cancer Center & Tevis Center for Wellness

CONTACT: Simone Lindsay, 410-871-6836
SLindsay@CarrollHospitalCenter.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Westminster, MD (February 20, 2013) – A crowd of an estimated 250 people gathered at Carroll Hospital Center on Monday, February 18, to witness the groundbreaking ceremony that marked the beginning of construction on the William E. Kahlert Regional Cancer Center, a state-of-the-art cancer treatment center, and the Tevis Center for Wellness, an all-new community wellness center. The combined $28 million facilities are the two marquee projects of the “Campaign to Cure and Comfort, Always,” the hospital’s community fundraising initiative.

Attendees to the event included Carroll Hospital Center’s board of directors and trustees, major campaign donors, Carroll County legislators and commissioners as well as hospital medical staff, volunteers, associates, patients and members of the community.

Scheduled to open fall 2014, the William E. Kahlert Regional Cancer Center and the Tevis Center for Wellness will be housed in a new 43,000 square-foot facility to be built adjacent to the Dixon Building on Carroll Hospital Center’s campus. The state-of-the-art William E. Kahlert Cancer Center will offer expanded cancer services and unparalleled, coordinated care for patients with all types and stages of cancer. The Tevis Center for Wellness will feature conference space as well as an expanded library and resources to help the hospital better prevent illness and promote wellness in the community.

Monday’s event included both a private reception and an outdoor public groundbreaking ceremony. Featured speakers included G. Lee Sturgill, chairman of the Carroll Hospital Center Foundation; M. Lee Primm, chairman of the “Campaign to Cure and Comfort, Always;” Ethan Seidel, chairman of Carroll Hospital Center’s board of directors; John Sernulka, Carroll Hospital Center’s president and CEO; Flavio Kruter, M.D., medical director of Carroll Hospital Center’s cancer care services; and Leslie Simmons, R.N., B.S.N., M.A., Carroll Hospital Center’s executive vice president and COO.

The William E. Kahlert Regional Cancer Center and the Tevis Center for Wellness will be named for the campaign’s two largest donors, Greg and Roberta Kahlert and Jack and Beth Tevis. Prior to the groundbreaking ceremony, Greg Kahlert presented the hospital with a check for $1 million on behalf of the Kahlert Foundation – the first donation towards the foundation’s $5 million pledge and the largest single donation made in the hospital’s 50-year history.

To date, the “Campaign to Cure and Comfort, Always” has raised more than $18 million of its $22 million goal – $12 million of which will be used towards the new cancer center and community wellness center. Campaign funds will also support expanded cardiovascular and stroke services; upgrades in medical and communications technology; and an endowment fund for Carroll Hospice. For more information on the five initiatives of the campaign or to learn how to participate, please contact the Carroll Hospital Center Foundation at 410-871-6200 or visit www.carrollhospitalcenter.org/campaign

The Carroll Hospital Center Foundation is a non-profit organization that was formed to strengthen the charitable support of its generous contributors, friends and neighbors who help the hospital improve the health and well-being of the community. The Foundation Board of Trustees and Foundation staff oversee the fundraising efforts of the hospital and Carroll Hospice to ensure that its important mission is fulfilled. 

Photo caption: Pictured above, hospital repesentatives and supporters ceremoniously dig into the earth to marke the construction of the William E. Kahlert Regional Cancer Center and the Tevis Center for Wellness.
 
Bottom photo: From left to right, Greg Kahlert, president of the Kahlert Foundation, Flavio Kruter, M.D., medical director of Carroll Regional Cancer Center, and Roberta Kahlert

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