Couple donate $1M for medical gear at Southridge hospital

Sara Schilling, Tri-City HeraldJuly 8, 2014 

The Trios Foundation is raising $5 million for advanced medical equipment for the new Southridge hospital opening next week and the outpatient facility under construction at the same site.

And a longtime Tri-City couple are contributing $1 million. The donation from Dr. John and Priscilla Cadwell of Cadwell Laboratories was announced Tuesday morning during an event to kick off the community phase of the fundraising campaign.

Priscilla Cadwell said the service and care Trios leaders and staff provide is exemplary, and "John and I are proud to stand beside you as fellow villagers, raising up our community's access to medical care with state-of-the-art equipment."

The donation is "our way of giving back to a community that's given us so much, especially a wonderful village in which to raise our family."

The Cadwells said Trios Health's commitment to graduate medical education was an important factor in their donation decision. The health system has the Tri-Cities' first residency programs, which are intensive training programs for new physicians.

Having doctors in a community is a critical need, and the Tri-Cities has a shortage, John Cadwell said. But, "Trios is doing something about it."

The Caring for our Future campaign launched internally last summer, and so far more than $2.6 million has been pledged or donated. The cost of new medical equipment for Trios Southridge Hospital and the outpatient facility -- called Trios Care Center at Southridge -- totals about $35 million. Of that, $30 million has been financed, with $5 million to be raised through the campaign, according to information from Trios. Officials expect to reach the campaign goal next year.

Glen Marshall, Trios CEO, said most nonprofit hospitals and other health care organizations in the country look to the community for help with expensive capital projects.

"Our foundation has taken on this challenge of meeting this need," he said. "When the fundraising campaign began, we hoped that our vision for this new hospital and campus would inspire families and organizations to once again help the hospital district, just as the community did in 1952 (when the original Trios hospital on South Auburn Street opened). And they have done that."

He called the Cadwells' gift "transformational."

Priscilla Cadwell is helping lead the fundraising campaign, along with co-chairmen Allen Brecke, Bill Lampson and Craig Matheson.

Brecke, an attorney, said the Auburn Street hospital was "expanding to the seams" when he served on the hospital district board in the 1980s and early '90s. "It's just time to get a new facility."

Matheson, a retired judge, described Trios Southridge as "the most important health care project in the Tri-Cities" since the Auburn Street hospital made its debut six decades ago.

Trios Southridge Hospital will welcome its first patients next Tuesday. The 168,000-square-foot hospital has 74 private patient rooms, plus another 27 emergency and trauma service rooms and six operating rooms. It will be Trios' main hospital, with in-patient services from the emergency department to surgery and ICU.

The Auburn Street hospital will become the Trios Women's and Children's Hospital, with services including the birthing center and pediatrics.

The 160,000-square-foot Trios Care Center at Southridge will connect to the new hospital.

It is expected to open next year.

The Trios Foundation is at 586-5638 or www.trioshealth.org/foundation.

-- Sara Schilling: 509-582-1529; sschilling@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @saraTCHerald

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