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Fund-raising for KDMC Hospitality House begins
ASHLAND The King's Daughters Health Foundation has announced the public kick-off of a capital campaign to raise funds for a Hospitality House Tuesday.

The $2.4 million, 12,000 square-foot facility will be built at property recently purchased by the Health Foundation on the 2200 block of Central Ave. Chuck Charles, executive director of the KDMC Health Foundation, said more than $1.3 million already has been pledged toward the project.

The KDMC Auxiliary, a partner in the project, has pledged $650,000, payable over the next five years; Dr. Jeffrey Lopez of the Tri-State Regional Cancer Center has committed $100,000; and Dr. Richard Paulus and his partners with Cumberland Cardiology one-upped him with $100,001. The two physicians challenged other doctors to give to the project, which will benefit the families and friends of patients hospitalized at King's Daughters, as well as some outpatients, such as cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.

"During a medical crisis, the last thing families should have to worry about is where they will spend the night, and if they can be near the hospital where their loved one is," Charles said.

Dr. Lopez, who moved to Ashland in 1989 from Chicago, said, "I learned quickly after moving here that patients come with their entire families. There were people sleeping in the hallways at the hospital. That's something you didn't see in Chicago."

King's Daughters Medical Center attracts patients from miles away and performs specialty services previously not available in the region. To support these patient-care efforts and provide a much-needed new benefit for families, the King's Daughters Health Foundation and the KDMC Auxiliary for several years have been investigating the feasibility of building a hospitality house near the medical center. Property for the Hospitality House was purchased in October.

Charles said construction is expected to begin on the new building next November, and the facility should begin operations by the summer of 2005.

The existing structures on the property will be demolished. The Hospitality House will have 12 rooms, a community living room and kitchen and laundry facilities.

To make a donation to the Hospitality House, call the King's Daughters Health Foundation at (606) 327-4424, or 327-4153.

Other major donors to the project so far include $150,000 from Donald Putnam of The Putnam Agency and $50,000 from the Guy Spriggs Foundation. Kentucky State Representative and Majority floor leader Rocky Adkins (D), has pledged the proceeds from his annual golf tournament, held at Eagle Trace Golf Course each year, toward the Hospitality House. The Health Foundation also raised more than $30,000 recently from its annual dinner/dance.

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