Horseshoe Bay couple donate to Wayne & Eileen Hurd Regional Medical Center - Scott & White

- McFarland's $1 million lead gift kicks off next phase of fundraising -

TEMPLE, TX - Horseshoe Bay residents Robert and Barbara McFarland have donated $1 million to the fundraising campaign for the Wayne & Eileen Hurd Regional Medical Center – Scott & White.  Ground was broken for the first phase of the new facility on November 16 near the intersection of U.S. 281 and TX 71.  The clinic building, which will serve as the anchor for the medical center campus, is scheduled for completion during the first quarter of 2013. The McFarland's pledge represents the lead gift in a $23 million campaign.

"We appreciate where we live and would like to continue living here," said Mr. McFarland. "Many of our friends have had to move away because their health has made it necessary for them to live close to a medical facility.  We live in an area with so many outstanding amenities; the only thing that is missing is a hospital."

The McFarlands have lived in the area since 1986 and during that time have witnessed attempts to bring a healthcare facility to the immediate region.  “A hospital will serve all the residents of the communities in the area, enabling them to stay here for their health care and enjoy rich, full lives,” Mr. McFarland continued.

The Wayne & Eileen Hurd Regional Medical Center – Scott & White will be a multi-phase construction project, and eventually be comprised of a clinic, surgical and diagnostic center and a 200,000-square-foot hospital facility with 72 medical/surgical beds and 12 medical/surgical ICU beds.

The decision to support this campaign was an easy one for Mrs. McFarland, who was treated for cancer at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple in 1997.  “I had wonderful care,” she remembered.  She also reflected on the almost 100-mile trip she had to take every three months for her post-treatment check-ups.  “I would love for people not to have to drive that distance to receive quality care.

"The McFarlands represent the confidence the residents of the Hill Country have in Scott & White," said Nancy Birdwell, chief development officer for Scott & White Healthcare.  "We are so appreciative of their tremendous generosity."

"It's taken a long time to reach this point," said Mr. McFarland. "Barbara and I hope this gift will keep this project moving and inspire others to contribute as well.  We are committing our money to help make this hospital a reality."

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December 8, 2011

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