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Methodist Health System Foundation Launches Capital Campaign to Support Expansion of Women and Children’s Services at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
Steering Committee Named

In support of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center's $9.1 million expansion project to increase and renovate its women's pavilion, Methodist Health System Foundation has announced a capital campaign to garner philanthropic support for this noteworthy project.  The campaign will be led by steering committee chair Rob Schulz, along with 11 prestigious community leaders including Bob Brown, Randall Canedy, Jennie Conrad, TL Davis, Suzy Hermann, Kyle Hooper, Michelle Johnson, Karen Payton, Pam Rudnicki, Kim McCaslin-Schlieker, and Marti VanRavenswaay.
"We are blessed to have such a dedicated group to lead this important campaign," said April Box Chamberlain president and CEO of Methodist Health System Foundation. "Their efforts will help ensure that women and children throughout Mansfield and the surrounding communities have access to the vital labor and delivery services they need."

"Our committee will seek support from local donors, corporations with a local presence, hospital physicians, employees, and others," says Rob Schulz, chairman of the Methodist Mansfield Medical Center Capital Campaign Committee. "This is an extraordinary opportunity to create a lasting tribute to the growth of maternity services at Methodist Mansfield."

The non-profit hospital already has received a lead gift of $125,000 toward a goal of $500,000 to help support the expansion and renovation of the women's pavilion at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. 

The Lupe Murchison Foundation has chosen to donate $125,000 to name the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in honor of Lupe Murchison at Methodist Mansfield.  With an incredible history of support for the past four years, this significant gift is their largest ever to the Methodist Foundation.

"This is a great beginning to this critical project and will help ensure that expectant families most in need will have access to vital OB/GYN services," said Methodist Mansfield President Laura Irvine. "By expanding our facilities we will enhance our ability to provide unparalleled clinical care for obstetric services, including high-risk moms and babies in a patient-centered modern environment. This expansion will help meet the growing demands for women's care in our community and will help ensure that our newest residents get a healthy start in life."

The new 9,413-square-foot women's services addition is anticipated to take approximately nine months to complete. The renovation and expansion will result in six additional Labor and Delivery suites for a total of 13, enlarged family waiting rooms, expanded antepartum areas, expanded medical staff and nursing staff work space, and significantly enlarged cesarean recovery and support areas. The entire second floor will be dedicated to hospital services that care for babies and mothers from pre-birth up. More than 3,000 babies have been born at Methodist Mansfield since the hospital opened five years ago. 

Organizations and community members are encouraged to create a meaningful legacy by taking advantage of special naming opportunities throughout the new women's pavilion. Gifts can be made to honor a new mom, honor a dynamic leader, recognize a physician, or memorialize a special life. The campaign is open to all individuals, companies, and organizations who wish to contribute.

To support the Methodist Mansfield Medical Center giving campaign, please contact Joy Duncan at Methodist Health System Foundation 682-622-2085 or visit www.methodisthealthsystem.org/expectthebest and click on "make a gift."

Note to Editors:
Photos available at: www.MethodistHealthSystem.org/2011MansfieldSteeringCommittee

Helping to raise funds to expand and renovate the Women's Pavilion at Methodist Mansfield
Medical Center are 11 prestigious community leaders including (from left) Joy Duncan,
Methodist Health System Foundation, and Capital Campaign Steering Committee members
Suzy Herrmann, T.L. Davis, Michelle Johnson, Karen Payton, Capital Campaign Chairman
Rob Schulz, Randall Canedy, Kim McCaslin Schlieker, Pam Rudnicki, Jenny Conrad, Marti
VanRavenswaay and not pictured Bob Brown, and Kyle Hooper.

About Methodist Health System
Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas.  Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Methodist Midlothian Health Center, and Methodist Family Health Centers are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Additional information is available at www.methodisthealthsystem.org. Connect with them through Facebook, YouTube and Twitter at www.methodisthealthsystem.org/socialmedia.

About Methodist Health System Foundation
Methodist Health System is a nonprofit organization. If you are interested in supporting women's health initiatives or other vital health care and community programs, please contact the Methodist Health System Foundation at 682-622-2085 or visit them online at www.methodisthealthsystem.org/foundation.


Angel Biasatti

Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System.



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