After reading a story in the May 5 issue of the Journal-Democrat, one Syracuse resident felt called to action and, as a result, the Community Memorial Hospital Foundation Capital Campaign to raise money to enclose the ambulance garage got a big boost.
The resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, has donated $25,000 contingent on Community Memorial Hospital’s ability to raise the remaining $105,000 to compete the enclosure.
CMH officials said the donor hopes that others will see the need for an enclosed garage and join the financial effort.
The donor feels it is necessary to enclose the garage in the rural Syracuse location given the elements of Nebraska weather and to provide the best care scenario for Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
Current plans for the new medical campus of Community Memorial Hospital  include a drive-through ambulance garage with an overhead canopy.  
The enclosure of the ambulance garage was removed as one of the 40-plus proposed budget cuts CMH says it made to adhere to the USDA construction loan budget for the new facility.  
However, CMH current plans include  footings to support the enclosure so that the garage can be enclosed when funds are available.
Lead architect, John Andrews with Leo A Daly, the overall CMH replacement hospital project currently has a finished cost of $285/sq ft which he says is one of the lowest he has seen in all his projects.  
CMH said this translates to being fiscally responsible while staying committed to guiding principles for the project, making the most economical decisions while still constructing a modern healthcare facility for future generations.
CMH said that the hospital and area EMS work together for the good of patient care and patient safety.  And that, while  it is also the desire of CMH to enclose the ambulance garage, adhering to budget forced difficult decisions of where to make cuts.  
With this donor’s generous lead gift to enclose the ambulance garage, CMH said that volunteers will continue to make efforts to solicit donors for the remaining $105,000 cost, as well as for other areas of the new medical campus.
Those who would like to make a difference and donate to the CMH Foundation Capital Campaign by designating dollars to enclosing the ambulance garage, or for any other area of the new medical campus should contact CMH Foundation Director, Laura Lea Fossenbarger at 402-269-7658 or  
Donations made out to CMH Foundation can be mailed to Attn: Laura Lea Fossenbarger, PO Box N, Syracuse, NE 68446.