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Sands family, Constellation donate $4M to hospital

Constellation Brands Inc. and the Sands Family Foundation are donating $4 million to the F.F. Thompson Hospital Capital Campaign.

The capital campaign aims to raise $14 million toward the $43 million necessary to complete the expansion and renovation project, which will break ground this summer and be completed by the end of 2012, official said.
 
To date, $10 million has been raised toward the capital campaign goal, including this gift and a $1 million donation from Robert and Ruth Craugh, hospital officials said.

The project includes remodeling 42,000 square feet of the hospital’s existing space and adding 61,000 square feet of space.

Work targeted for completion includes the modernization of the hospital’s six surgery and operating suites, rehabilitation areas and the cafeteria. The endoscopy suite will be relocated from the second to first floor, closer to the surgical suites. Sports medicine will be placed with the physical therapy and occupational therapy suites in a new area that will be named the Constellation Center for Health and Healing. 

“The Finger Lakes Region’s health services organizations continue to be recognized as best-in-class,” said Robert Sands in a statement. Sands is Constellation Brands’ president and CEO and also chairman of the capital campaign.

“This gift reflects the Sands family’s and Constellation Brands’ ongoing commitment to ensuring that our area’s health service providers have the resources necessary to meet the growing needs and demands of our evolving community,” he said.

Linda Farchione, president and CEO of Thompson Health, said the organization provides health care services to more than 165,000 people annually, along with thousands of seasonal residents and visitors during the summer months.
 
“The money raised from this campaign will allow us to continue to provide our growing community with quality health care for many years to come,” Farchione said in a statement.

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