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Grocer’s gift benefits hospital expansion

Scott Hess

Truckee, Kings Beach and Tahoe City Safeway stores donated a large sum to the renovation of the west wing of the Tahoe Forest Hospital, including a diagnostic imaging department for breast cancer.

The new department, which will include a mammography suite and a breast health center, will be named in Safeway’s behalf.

Members of the Safeway executive team visited the construction site at Tahoe Forest Hospital Tuesday to give the $50,000 donation. It is part of a division-wide effort to support breast cancer awareness, treatment, prevention and research.

“We want to support the local economy, and we do an awful lot in the local area…especially supporting breast cancer,” said Truckee Safeway Manager Joseph Miguel. “It just seemed to be a natural fit”

Ed Henney, a capital campaign member and retired Safeway executive, was responsible for introducing other members of The Campaign for The Next Generation of Care to the Safeway executives.

The members of the campaign presented the project to Safeway executives as part of the second phase of fund-raising for the project, or the community and major gifts phase.

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“We of course supported [Henney’s] efforts, but he really did the background work to get the donation for the hospital,” said Miguel. “Ed was very instrumental in convincing corporate that this would be a very positive thing”

With this donation the campaign has raised more than $3.2 million of its $4 million dollar goal for the hospital’s expansion. They began construction of the west wing, the second phase of the project, May 3, and expect to finish by 2006. The approximately 47,000-square-foot addition will extend out into what used to be Pine Ave. About 20,000-square-feet of existing space will be improved.