CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A family offering hundreds of thousands of dollars to Charleston Area Medical Center's efforts to build a $15 million cancer center has extended the deadline for the hospital to match its gift.
The John L. Dickinson family gave the CAMC Foundation a $750,000 match gift on Feb. 1, which would require CAMC to raise another $750,000 on its own. That would add $1.5 million to the campaign.
CAMC has raised about $425,000 of the matching funds to date. With an April 1 deadline looming, the family agreed to extend the challenge to June 1.
"The John L. Dickinson family is a very philanthropic family and very committed to this community. They want this to be successful," said Gail Pitchford, president of the CAMC Foundation.
The foundation has raised a total of $13,650,000 for the cancer center so far.
The extended deadline comes after a meeting Wednesday where hospital officials said that the total cost of the hospital's new David Lee Cancer Center, located at the old Watt Powell Park property in Kanawha City, will be about $11 million more than the original $39 million to $40 million amount - propelling the total cost to $50 million.
The foundation's goal of $15 million will not change, and the remaining $35 million to build the cancer center has been financed through CAMC. Changes to architectural plans of the facade and foundation have been modified, said Dave Ramsey, CAMC's chief executive officer.
Of the additional $11 million price tag jump, the hospital plans to spend $3 million more to move the breast center from CAMC Women & Children's Hospital to the new center and an additional $8 million will be used on radiation oncology space, according to CAMC chief financial officer Larry Hudson.