St. Mary’s receives $1 million donation

St. Mary’s Medical Center has received an anonymous gift for $1 million, among the largest donations in the nearly 120-history of the Grand Junction hospital.

“We are both honored and humbled to receive this generous contribution to our hospital and mission,” said Michael McBride, president and chief executive officer. “This gift will support out trustees, physicians and associates in realizing our vision of working within our mission to improve the health of our community and the experience of care for our patients.”

A committee of the St. Mary’s Foundation board of trustees will decide how to spend the gift. The foundation raises funds for programs that benefit the community, including cancer care, cardiac rehabilitation and neonatal care.

Carmen Moyer, executive director of the St. Mary’s Foundation, said the contribution was the result of years cultivating a relationship with the foundation staff. “Knowing that there are donors in our community with big hearts and want to support quality health care in Western Colorado is a great feeling, and with this gift we can look further down the road in assessing the needs of the hospital and community.”

Vance Wagner, chairman of the foundation board, said, “Because this is a private person, he did not wish to be recognized in any way. But he has been very pleased with the services that the hospital provides for our community, and he is happy to leave this legacy to continue the good works of St. Mary’s Hospital and the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation.”