Montrose hospital closing in on goal

Scott Linde, president of Linde Corp., Honesdale, announces a $100,000 donation Thursday toward the construction of the Endless Mountains Health Systems physician's clinic, the second phase of a health care facility building project in Montrose. The donation will be matched by Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., as part of an ongoing fundraising challenge. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON

BY STACI WILSON

ASusquehannaCountyhealth care facility is closing in on its funding goal for the construction of a new physician’s clinic as part of a hospital building project in Montrose.

Endless Mountains Health Systems received almost $200,000 from several donors Thursday, including a $100,000 contribution from Linde Corporation, of Honesdale.

The financial support for the construction project is part of the Cabot-EMHS Community Match program. Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., based inHouston,Texas, kicked off the fundraising effort in March with a $1 million donation.

Cabot then issued a challenge – promising to match community contributions up to $1 million – which would provide EMHS with $3 million of the $5.6 million needed to complete the physician’s clinic portion of the new hospital building project. Funding for Phase I of the project – the hospital facility – was complete and a groundbreaking ceremony took place in January.

Cabot spokesman George Stark said, “The community is answering the call. The goal will be achieved.”

The Cabot-EMHS fundraising effort is set to conclude by July 21, the date of the annual Cabot Picnic.

“Over the past three months landowners, community groups and business owners have stepped forward,” Stark said.

EMHS CEO Rex Catlin said, “Cabot threw down the gauntlet and provided this project its second wind.”

Dr. Joseph Speicher, an EMHS physician, said Cabot’s challenge has brought “energy to not only the community, but also to the (EMHS) staff. They have bought into the ownership of the whole project.”

The new facility, Dr. Speicher said, “will provide patients in the community with the healthcare they truly deserve.”

Montrose VFW Post 5642 Quartermaster Richard Geiger and Commander Paul Dunn announced the veterans organization would be adding $10,000 to its earlier $3,000 pledge to the EMHS building project as part of the community match challenge issued by Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON

In addition to Linde Corp., other contributions noted Thursday came from natural gas industry companies, Erick Flowback Services ($30,000); Rain For Rent ($25,000); and Weir-Seaboard ($25,000).

Montrose VFW Post 5642 donated $3,000 earlier in the fundraising efforts, but announced they were adding another $10,000 to their donation.

LackawannaCollegehas pledged $2,000; and the Montrose Chocolate & Wine Festival, held in May, raised $12,000 for the EMHS project.

Although not part of the community match challenge, the Weinberg Foundation announced in May a $1 million grant for the physician’s clinic.

Stark said that with the recent efforts, the $5.6 million project is nearly 90 percent funded.

“We now have one month to close the gap,” Stark said.

According to Peter Quigg, President of the Community Foundations, the community match fund stands, as of Monday, at $852,620.

Tax deductible donations to the Cabot/EMHS Match Fund may be sent to The Community Foundation at270 Lake AvenueinMontrose,PA18801.