El Campo Memorial Hospital recently received a $1 million grant from the Moody Foundation to help with the building of a new hospital.

The hospital’s non-profit board hopes to replace the 40-year-old facility with new, $45 million-building with an anticipated groundbreaking in Fall 2019 on the current grounds.

The new facility will include a cardiac catheterization laboratory, labor and delivery, and expanded space for all diagnostic services not available now.

“The $1 million Moody Foundation grant was the boost that our fundraising committee needed,” ECMH Marketing Director Donna Mikeska said.

“The Moody Foundation exists to help all Texans, and we believe that everyone in the state should have convenient access to quality health care,” said Ross Moody, trustee of the Moody Foundation and CEO and President of National Western Life Group. “By expanding health care resources in the community, the new El Campo Memorial Hospital facility will provide more capacity and treatments for future patients and opportunities for medical students seeking residency. We are honored to partner with the hospital in their mission to serve their local and neighboring communities.”

The grant dollars will combine with $800,000 in pledges from the hospital board and $1.6 million committed from the families and community including a $400,000 pledge from the El Campo Rotary Club as part of a $5 million local fundraising goal.

The hospital effort is requesting $9.3 million in grants, part of an overall $15 million fundraising goal.

A USDA Rural Development loan was awarded in December 2018 and federal funds are expected to be distributed in Spring or Fall 2019 in order for the hospital to begin construction.

Currently licensed for 49 beds, ECMH serves more than 18,550 outpatients annually, a figure increasing as it now offers walk-in clinics in Wharton and El Campo and will soon offer school clinics.

Mid Coast Medical Clinic reports 37,400 clinic visits annually.

The hospital also treated 920 inpatient admissions, 885 observation patients, and 100 Swing Bed patients last year along with more than 10,500 patients in the ER.

The Moody Foundation was established by W.L. Moody, Jr. and Libbie Shearn Moody in 1942 to share their good fortune and make a difference in the lives of the people of Texas. Since then, it has made more than $1.5 billion in grants.

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