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October 19, 2010 > $1.5 Million Grant to Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation

$1.5 Million Grant to Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation

Submitted By Kyleigh Kent

Fremont Bank Foundation, a philanthropic arm of the Bay Area's Fremont Bank, announced its $1.5 million grant to the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation (WHHF) for the new critical care pavilion to enhance emergency care services for the most critically ill residents of the Tri-City communities. Fremont Bank's Hattie Hyman Hughes and Michael Wallace presented the grant during the "Top Hat" dinner dance at Washington Hospital on October 9, 2010.

"With 50,513 patient visits to our ER last year, Washington Hospital has significantly outgrown its current emergency room," says Nancy Farber, CEO of Washington Hospital Healthcare System (WHHS). "Additionally, our intensive care unit is frequently at capacity due to the high number of critically ill patients that are treated at our hospital."

The Fremont Bank Foundation grant will be paid over six years and will support WHHF's Critical Care Campaign, a drive to raise $6 million for the critical care pavilion on WHHS campus, located at 2000 Mowry Ave., in Fremont. To date, the campaign has raised $4.4 million. Work on the pavilion will commence in 2013, with completion expected in 2016.

"Fremont Bank Foundation's grant provides crucial support for this vital health care resource in the Tri-City area," says Demetrious Shaffer, president of WHHF.

In recognition of Fremont Bank Foundation's generosity and in honor of Fremont Bank's founder, WHHF is naming the pavilion 'The Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion.' The critical care family waiting area will be named, 'The Morris and Alvirda Hyman Family Waiting Area.' Also, the pavilion's lobby will be named 'The Michael J. Wallace/Fremont Bank Lobby,' in honor of Michael Wallace, vice-chairman of Fremont Bank and long-time board member of the Washington Township Health Care District.

"My father's wishes were that when a new emergency room was to be built, the bank's foundation would be part of this very valuable asset to the community and future generations," says Hattie Hyman Hughes, President of Fremont Bank Foundation.
In addition to WHHF's Capital Campaign, the nearly $162 million for the critical care pavilion is being funded through a variety of sources including proceeds from Measure FF, a voter approved bond measure passed in 2004, and reserves generated from the Hospital's financial performance.

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