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HaysMed Capital Campaign Receives Donation from Sunflower Bank

Sunflower Bank donates to HaysMed for capital campaign

Published on -1/18/2012
Hays Daily News


Sunflower Bank had the future of the area in mind when it made a donation this week to Hays Medical Center Foundation's capital campaign.

The $25,000 donation will go toward the foundation's $5 million goal to assist with construction costs of scheduled improvements at the hospital.

"Sunflower Bank truly believes for the success of our banks and our communities, and for rural America, support like this has to continue," said Sandy Jacobs, executive vice president in charge of the western banking division.

The campaign, "Beyond Medicine ... Transforming Healthcare for Our Region," stands at $3.59 million raised toward the construction goal. An additional $1.325 million has been raised for a separate $2 million endowment goal, according to Ruth Heffel, the foundation's executive director.

"We appreciate all the positive response we received from not only Hays but the outlying region," Heffel said.

The foundation's $5 million construction goal will help pay for costs of a scheduled $18.5 million renovation and construction at the hospital. A large tower will be built on the south side of the hospital, providing a new clinic for cardiologists and new space for administrative offices. Other construction will include cosmetic renovations of patient rooms, a significant renovation of outpatient oncology and an enlargement and remodel of the labor and delivery area, Hays Med CEO Dr. John Jeter said in a video posted on the hospital's website.

Businesses and individuals alike have responded to the hospital's call for support. Heffel said some prefer to donate to future investment, which is why the foundation set aside the separate endowment goal. So far, $1.325 million has been raised for that purpose.

Heffel said she hopes the capital campaign will wrap up in the next 12 to 18 months. In the meantime, Sunflower Bank will take pride in being able to give back to the community through its financial donation to the campaign.

"Everything we do for the hospital absolutely improves our community," Jacobs said.

For more information about the campaign, contact the foundation at (785) 623-2350.