Chamber hears from Growing Care Campaign

Colin MacLean
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AMHERST?- Tuesday night's chamber of commerce meeting was dominated by a presentation by the Cumberland County Health Care Foundation and the Growing Care Campaign.
Growing Care is looking to raise the final $200,000 it needs to reach its goal of $2.5 million. The money is going to be used to outfit a new operating room at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Facility and to upgrade existing equipment.
"The last $200,000 are harder then the first $200,000," said foundation chairman David Wood.
The bulk of the money has come from the province and the county, with the remainder coming from private and commercial donations.
"Were optimistic where going to do it. But it's dragged on a longer then we had hoped," he said.
When the hospital was built they decided to take a wait and see approach with putting in a third operating room. Now they've decided they can handle another so the foundation is doing what it can to help, said Sean Cheverie chairman of growing care.
"Two and a half years we've been at it," he said.
The response from the chamber seemed to be positive. They're were a lot of questions and a few took donation kits which have pledge forms included. The hospital is an important resource for the area. It employs over 300 people and has an annual payroll in excess of $35 million, he said.

Organizations: Cumberland County Health Care Foundation, Cumberland Regional Health Care Facility

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