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McLean Foundation announces $2M gift to St. Joseph Hospital Northeast Tower project

01/26/2009

The Melvin F. & Grace McLean Foundation has announced it will donate $2 million to the hospital’s Blueprint for Excellence Northeast Tower project, a sum that will be matched dollar-for-dollar by St. Joseph Health.

The donation will go directly toward the new facility, which will ultimately house regional programs like the Heart Institute as well as expanded Emergency, Surgery and ICU departments. As a result, all Humboldt County residents will benefit from the McLean Foundation’s gift.

"We are absolutely astounded and overwhelmed by the McLean Foundation’s generosity and support," said CEO Joe Mark. "It is an amazing gift to the community that this organization should choose to invest in the future of health care on the North Coast. Every single person in this community will benefit, either directly or indirectly, from this donation."

The health system’s matching donation means St. Joseph Hospital is $4 million closer to reaching our goal of raising $25 million for a down payment on the new facility.

Throughout their lives, Mel and Grace McLean believed strongly in supporting initiatives that help create better futures for Humboldt County residents. After Grace died in August 1989, Mel began a legacy of giving to the community that ultimately resulted in the distribution of $2,320,000 to the community. Included in that amount were grants of nearly $270,000 to Redwood Memorial Hospital and $250,000 to the Heart Surgery Unit at St. Joseph Hospital. The McLean foundation was founded shortly after Mel McLean’s passing in 1999.

"The Board of Directors of the Melvin F. and Grace McLean Foundation is very pleased and proud to follow the tracks of the Foundation founders, Mel and Grace McLean," said Board of Directors President Gene Lucas. "The current pledge that the Board of Directors made continues Mel’s charitable interest in St. Joseph Hospital as well as Redwood Memorial Hospital."

The McLean Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of life for local residents through grants to qualified organizations. The foundation directs a significant portion of its efforts toward projects that support children and youth, the elderly, social welfare, health and medical needs as well as supporting the capacity of our local nonprofit sector. Since 2000, the foundation has given over $3.9 million to local nonprofit and governmental organizations in Humboldt County.

The McLean Foundation’s $2 million gift to St. Joseph Hospital’s northeast patient tower will help provide cutting-edge treatments and technology for Humboldt County residents for generations to come. Scheduled for completion in early 2011, the new facility will feature an expanded emergency department with 20 treatment bays and emergency department imaging services, a surgical suite with eight operating rooms and a catheterization lab, expanded Intensive Care Unit and Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, and modern spacious lobby and waiting areas. The tower will also house many regional programs and help secure the 1,200 good-paying jobs provided by St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial Hospital Hospitals.

St. Joseph Hospital is currently in the midst of a capital campaign to raise at least $12.5 million locally, and thanks to the generous contributions of the McLean Foundation, local organizations and businesses, staff, physicians, volunteers and community residents, we are making significant strides toward this goal every day.

For more information about the McLean Foundation’s gift, or to find out how you can contribute to the St. Joseph Hospital Northeast Tower, call the SJH Foundation office at 707-269-4200.

About the McLean Foundation
The Melvin F. & Grace McLean Foundation was formed in 1999 after the passing of Mel McLean, owner and founder of Eel River Sawmills. Having no direct family to pass on their wealth to, Mel and Grace made the decision early on to form a foundation whose sole purpose would be to enhance the quality of life of the people of Humboldt County through grants to qualified organizations. The foundation directs a significant portion of its efforts toward projects that support children and youth, the elderly, social welfare, health and medical needs as well as supporting the capacity of our local nonprofit sector. Since 2000, the foundation has given over $4.3 million to local nonprofit and governmental organizations in Humboldt County.
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