Donors unite, making new Women & Children’s Center a realityFrom Spotlight on Health - Summer 2010
Shown above (from left) Cherie and John McDowall, Jim Christensen, and Linda and Bob Feuling.
Generous gifts from the community and CentraCare Health System employees make all the difference to the construction project at St. Cloud Hospital.
Bob and Linda Feuling, owners of Westside Liquor stores, got the ball rolling in March 2009 by contributing $1 million to the CentraCare Health Foundation to update and expand the Women & Children’s Center.
Two local business leaders have since joined the Feulings with significant gifts — John McDowall, president/CEO of McDowall Company, and his wife, Cherie, and Jim Christensen, CEO of J.C. Christensen and Associates, a business unit of Array Services Group.
“We know that our children and grandchildren as well as our employees will need the services at St. Cloud Hospital,” Linda Feuling said. “We want the best services available
right here in St. Cloud.” John McDowall and Jim Christensen agree.
“It’s amazing how St. Cloud Hospital has grown into this regional health care facility that is second to none,” said McDowall, a St. Cloud native. “Since the 1850s when the
Benedictine nuns first arrived in St. Cloud, there has been a profound devotion and unwavering faith to provide top-notch health care in Central Minnesota. I am proud to be a part of that heritage by helping to make St. Cloud Hospital a leading hospital in the state and in the nation.”
“We depend on our employees and want them to be healthy and stay in the St. Cloud area,” Christensen said. “Offering top-quality health care here gives them an incentive to stay.”
In 2009, the St. Cloud Hospital Women & Children’s Center provided pediatric care for 1,986 children. There were 2,833 babies born in the Family Birthing Center, including 48 sets of twins and two sets of triplets. The NICU provided care for 340 infants.
If you are interested in making a gift to CentraCare Health Foundation, please call (320) 240-2810.
The St. Cloud Hospital Women & Children’s Center addition will:
- Double its size and increase capacity by adding an additional 50,000 square feet;
- Provide larger private patient rooms with private baths in the Family Birthing Center;
- Provide single family rooms in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU);
- Provide a Respite Room for parents of NICU patients, giving parents the opportunity to stay with their babies, and to network and support each other.
The addition and renovation will be complete in 2013.