HIGH POINT, N.C. — In its first capital campaign since opening its new hospital in 1986, High Point Regional Health System raised nearly $13 million in the first phase of an effort that began Oct. 1, 2006.
The second phase of the campaign, which had a first-phase goal of $15 million and concluded September 30, likely will begin late next summer or early fall with a goal expected to total $5 million to $10 million, says Dr. Harry R. “Frosty” Culp, campaign chair for the first phase.
Denise Potter, executive director of development for High Point Regional, says a new foundation, which will build on the current fundraising operation and begin operating late next year, will handle the campaign and assume responsibility for overall fundraising for the system.
Compared to the first phase of the fundraising effort, which focused mainly on friends of the High Point Regional, the new effort will expand that core of supporters while also seeking support from the broader community, Potter says.
While most of the funds in the first phase were pledged before the economic downturn that began in September 2008, she says, the campaign so far has collected over $6 million, including nearly $2 million in payments made in the past year on multi-year pledges.
Funds from the first phase will be used for redesigning emergency department services; enhancing technology at the Charles E. and Pauline Lewis Hayworth Cancer Center; improving critical care and surgical units; advancing diagnostic and imaging capabilities, and enhancing safety and medical technology.
Donors making large gifts to the campaign include:
- Marsha and Jack Slane, who supported critical-care renovations.
- David Hayworth, who supported the cancer center.
- Fred and Barbara Wilson, who supported the cardiac catheterization lab.
- The family of Jim Millis, which has made previous gifts to the system and also named the Millis Center, a preventive education and wellness center for children.
- The Culp family, which named the Esther R. Culp Women’s Center for the mother of Frosty Culp.
- Ron and Linda Jones of Greensboro, who supported a nursing education program.
Funds from the second phase of the campaign will be used for construction of the redesigned emergency department and additional improvement in diagnostic and advanced technology capabilities throughout the hospital.