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McLaren Port Huron surpasses fundraising timeline, raising $1 million in eight months

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Port Huron, MI – The McLaren Port Huron Foundation is pleased to announce it has reached the mid-point of its $2 million goal four months earlier than projected. In April 2012, the Foundation launched a two-year, $2 million capital campaign to support the funding for new robotic surgery and medical imaging equipment the hospital recently purchased.

In less than eight months, more than 221 individuals, foundations and corporations have supported the capital campaign project – making it the most successful hospital fundraiser of this magnitude in decades. Nine benefactors made unprecedented gifts of $10,000 or more, while 26 donors contributed more than $1,000 and 160 people donated $500.

The campaign accelerated in Dec. 2012, when the James C. Acheson Foundation awarded McLaren Port Huron a matching gift of $150,000, to challenge donors to support the investment. For every donation received, the Acheson Foundation matched it, up to $150,000.

“This community has demonstrated such amazing support by raising a total of $370,000 in less than one month,” said Dave Thompson, chairman of the McLaren Port Huron Foundation’s Capital Campaign Committee. “It’s a reflection of our community’s enduring generosity, and its trust in our hospital to provide the most coordinated, patient-centered care experience.”

“The reason we embarked on this fundraising goal is simple -- our community needs McLaren Port Huron,” said Ernest Albert, chairman of the McLaren Port Huron Foundation. “Healthcare has entered a challenging new era.  It was important to us that we provide the technology that would most benefit our patients.”

With robotic precision, the da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System provides a surgeon with enhanced capabilities when performing the most complex and delicate gynecologic, bariatric, urological and general surgery procedures through tiny incisions.

The extremely fast 160-slice CT scanner can scan the whole body in seconds and provide extremely sharp 3D images of any multi-dimensional organ. The new imaging unit will be available later this spring. Once in place at McLaren Port Huron, the unit will provide the most advanced CT technology in St. Clair and Sanilac counties.
“The remarkable generosity of individuals and corporations has helped our health system continue our 130-year tradition of providing the most compassionate patient care ensures that area residents don’t have to leave the community for world class technology and advanced healthcare,” said Mr. Albert.

To learn more or to make a donation, contact the McLaren Port Huron Foundation at 810.982.3776 or visit the McLaren Port Huron Foundation’s website at