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Steve Stricker donates $100,000 to Edgerton Hospital

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NEIL W. JOHNSON
November 12, 2010
— The future Edgerton Hospital got a big financial boost Thursday from professional golfer Steve Stricker.

Stricker, an Edgerton native, donated $100,000 to the Edgerton Capital Foundation, the hospital's fundraising organization, officials announced.


The contribution came as the capital foundation is working to raise $1.5 million over the next three years to match a Federal Housing Administration loan that's funding most of the $26 million cost of the 18-bed Edgerton Hospital. The facility is under construction on Sherman Road on Edgerton's east end.


With Stricker's donation Thursday, the capital foundation has collected a total of $180,000 toward matching the loan for the hospital projectówell short of the $500,000 it had hoped to raise this year, hospital officials said.


Jim Schultz, hospital board chairman, said he hopes Stricker's contribution will give the fundraising campaign a shot in the arm.


"We're doing well in light of the economy to put up a nice new facility like this," Schultz said. "With Steve (Stricker) being here and with others seeing his commitment, we're hoping the (campaign's) personal ask phase is going to go a lot smoother and easier."


Fred Falk, the capital foundation's chairman, said the foundation is interviewing candidates for a new director and is planning an end-of-the year push for donations for the hospital project.


Stricker spoke briefly at an appearance at the new hospital Thursday, thanking hospital officials for the chance to give back to his hometown. He declined further comment on his donation.


Hospital CEO Jim Pernau said he was surprised when he learned a few days ago that Stricker planned to make the donation.


"This is huge. It really helps us. To have Steve's support is wonderful. This is a young guy who made good and still remembered his hometown. I'm standing in admiration," Pernau said.


Construction at Edgerton Hospital is about 35 percent complete, with the facility targeted for completion in fall 2011, said Sunny Bowditch, a hospital spokeswoman.


The hospital will offer inpatient and outpatient care along with physical, occupational and speech therapy, cardiac rehab, acute care, swing bed care, surgery, wound care and emergency and urgent care.



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