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8/8/2013 2:43:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
LCMH receives gift from Medical Services Foundation
LAWRENCEVILLE - After 40 years of service to the community and Lawrence County Memorial Hospital the Medical Services Foundation is disbanding.

Benny Cochran, president of the Medical Services Foundation was at the LCMH board meeting Wednesday night to present the board with a gift of $275,000, the remaining funds from the group's coffers.

Hospital Chief Executive Officer Doug Florkowski said the hospital is grateful for the donation and also all the work and support the group has given LCMH over the years.

"It's the culmination of a life's work and the time and energy they put into that Foundation, not just money, but time, to bring medical services to the community," Florkowski said. "They will be disbanding so they thought it would be a really nice last hurrah to present that check.

"We're very appreciative of Benny coming in, and certainly the Medical Services Foundation."

Florkowski said the check will be going to the Endowment and Development Foundation for the hospital and will be reserved for future physician recruitment, physician operations and physician equipment to take care of the future medical needs of the county. 

The Medical Services Foundation was organized to recruit physicians. The  group was the driving force in building the original medical center along Lexington Avenue, just south of the hospital.

Cochran told the board that in 1979 the group needed $400,000 for the building and raised more than $500,000. He also noted that the board has been inactive for some time and felt disbanding was the best option.

"Back then, in 1979 and 80, that was a considerable amount of money. It is a considerable amount of money now. That they got that accomplished, and then some, is remarkable," Florkowski said.

(Complete story can be found in the Thursday, Aug. 8 edition of the Daily Record.)


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