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Man donates $1 million to hospital expansion campaign

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Local philanthropist Stuart Feigin has pledged $1 million to Tahoe Forest Hospital Foundation’s “Campaign for the Next Generation of Care.”

According to campaign co-founders Breeze Cross, Rob Eskridge and Sandra Carter-Packard, the funds will assist in the construction and equipping of the new Outpatient Medical Center.

“Everyone in this community — second homeowners as well as primary residents — has a stake in this hospital and in this campaign,” Feigin said. “I am gratified to be able to support this campaign and I look to the rest of the community to join me in support of this community’s only hospital.”

The center will occupy the entire first floor of the new west wing of the hospital and is a major component of Tahoe Forest’s expansion and renovation plans.

The hospital will construct approximately 47,000 square feet of new facilities as well as modernize approximately 20,000 square feet of existing space. More than half of the hospital’s facilities will be either new or newly renovated and every department of the hospital will be improved.

Construction, which began last July, is expected to be complete by 2006.

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“The new Outpatient Medical Center will provide all outpatient services in one convenient location,” said TFH CEO and Administrator Larry Long. “Currently, patients and caregivers must schedule outpatient services at different locations, often creating the need for patients to walk long distances around the several-block area surrounding the hospital in order to resolve one health issue.”

Tahoe Forest Hospital will name the new facilities in honor of Feigin’s generosity.

“We simply could not have afforded to build such a complete and state-of-the-art Outpatient Medical Center without Stuart Feigin’s help,” said Rob Eskridge, TFH board treasurer. “The difference this gift is going to make in the lives of the people who will need this service will be dramatic. We are very thankful for Feigin’s support.”

According to campaign co-founder Breeze Cross, the gift helps provide the momentum needed to raise the minimum of $4 million to help fund Tahoe Forest’s $23 million expansion and renovation.

“The generosity and vision symbolized by Feigin’s gift has greatly encouraged and inspired the many volunteers who are raising money for the hospital,” Cross said.