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Big gift announced for Puyallup hospital

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on March 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
March 22, 2011 4:06 pm

The largest charitable gift in the history of East Pierce County, a $5 million donation to Puyallup’s MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital, was announced today.

The donation from Ray and Deanna Dally, will help fund new technology throughout the hospital including so-called “smart room” systems in all of the hospital’s older rooms.

Those systems already are installed in the hospital’s new 357,000-square-foot tower that opened last month. That tower will be named in honor of the Dally family, the hospital said. That renaming will be accomplished by mid-summer, said Barb Herbert, Good Samaritan Foundation executive director.

The Dallys’ donation put the hospital’s Campaign for Good Samaritan over its $10 million goal to reach $12.6 million. Ray Dally is one of three co-chair’s of the hospital’s giving campaign. The retired real estate developer and his wife had kicked off the campaign with a $1 million donation. They added $4 million to that amount last month.

“Ray and Deanna Dally’s gift reflects their deep personal commitment to giving back,” said John Long, the hospital’s president.

The campaign funds, both from the Dallys and others, have funded technological enhancements and amenities in the $400-million hospital renewal project. Among those enhancements are a robotic surgery system, radio frequency identification equipment to track equipment and to improve patient care. In addition, the donations will fund healing spaces and community gardens, artwork and water features.

The funding campaign will continue through September when the hospital’s community garden will be dedicated.

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