Employees at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center tossed beach balls at a Hawaiianthemed party Wednesday as they kicked off a campaign to raise $4.6 million for more hospital beds.
The event was aimed at encouraging employee donations for an expansion that would bring a pediatric unit to the nonprofit hospital, which now can’t admit children, and expand other sections, including the maternity ward and the intensive care unit.
“It’s an investment in their community, in their future,” said Rich Frazier, vice president of the Catholic Healthcare West-East Valley.
A public kickoff for a yearlong fundraising campaign called Gilbert Investing for Tomorrow is planned for September.
The goal is to add 112 to 116 beds and equipment in a hospital tower already built. The hospital has 88 beds and will soon struggle to meet the community’s needs, Frazier said.
The expansion will cost $25 million, with Catholic Healthcare West already funding $15 million, and $5.4 million in donations already made. Donations include $2.5 million from the Lund Foundation and about $250,000 from employees.
Catholic Healthcare West has used fundraisers to help speed hospital construction in the past, such as at Chandler Regional Hospital.
The goal for Gilbert’s hospital at Val Vista Drive and the Santan Freeway’s Loop 202 is about 400 beds.
To donate, call (480) 728 3931.