Jones Memorial Hospital announces a $50,000 pledge from Community Bank

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Updates on construction and the ongoing ‘Captial Campaign’

Representatives of Community Bank stopped by Jones Memorial recently to deliver the first part of the bank’s $50,000 pledge to the hospital Capital Campaign. Standing in the newly renovated surgical waiting area for the check passing are, left, Jones Foundation Coordinator Jodi Pearson, Jones CEO Jim Helms, Capital Campaign Committee member Jack Emrick, Community Bank representatives Gina Elliott, branch manager at the Highland Ave office in Wellsville; Julie Hall, Vice President & Senior District Manager; and Bessie Davidson, branch manager of the Main Street office in Wellsville.

If you have driven through downtown Wellsville lately, you cannot help but notice a change to the skyline at Jones Memorial Hospital. The $17 million Transformation and Modernization project is well underway!

The project includes a third-floor addition that will add over 14,000 square feet of clinical space, as well as more than 4,000 square feet of renovations that expand the surgical department, and a permanent, fixed MRI tower that provide multiple levels of added clinical space. To complete the project by the Fall of 2023, the hospital has launched a Capital Campaign.

“We are very excited about this project and how it will enable us to increase access to primary care and change how we deliver care here in Allegany County.  With the increases in construction costs and enhancements to the project beyond the original plan, there is a gap between the cost of the project and the amount of the grant,” explained Jim Helms, CEO at Jones Memorial. “To help fill the gap and complete the project we have launched a capital campaign with a goal of $2 million.”

While the public Capital Campaign was announced at the JMH Auxiliary’s Gala and Silent Auction on November 12, a silent campaign has been going on for several months. “Members of the Campaign Executive Committee have helped us identify and approach a number of major donors,” Mr. Helms added. “These Cornerstone Donors, primarily consisting of private individuals, have pledged over $1.4 million over the next five years.”

One of the first Cornerstone Donors was the JMH Auxiliary, which pledged $100,000 over five years. “All money raised by the Auxiliary will go toward paying off that pledge,” said Kay Eicher, Auxiliary President. “This is a very exciting project with long-lasting benefits to our community and we are delighted to play our part in completing it.”

Community Bank is also one of our Cornerstone donors. Bank representatives delivered the first installment of the $50,000 pledge, which will be paid over five years. “We are so thankful for the support of Community Bank and all of our donors,” Mr. Helms added. “This is such an exciting time for the hospital and, thanks to the impact these enhancements will have on local healthcare options, it is an exciting time for the community.”

To find out how you can be part of this project, please contact Foundation Coordinator Jodi Pearson at (585) 596-2053 or email [email protected] If you would like to make an on-line gift, you will find a link on our website: jones.urmc.edu. Your support is vital and very much appreciated.

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