Community, FirstEnergy donate to FCMC dialysis center drive

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Mike Straley, executive director of the FCMC Foundation, and Trudy Everhart, president and CEO of Community State Bank, stand in front of what will be the main dialysis room at FCMC. CSB donated $15,000 as part of a matching challenge grant for the Dollars for Dialysis project.

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. — The community has raised $100,000 toward Fulton County Medical Center’s new dialysis center, which will be in the former Specialty Service area.

“It’s about the cause and what the community has enabled us to provide to the folks on dialysis close to home,” Mike Straley, executive director of the FCMC Foundation, said in a news release. “From the start of the fundraising campaign with a goal of $85,000, this community was in touch with what it meant to their family and friends who need dialysis to have a facility here in Fulton County. And the community responded very generously.”

The three-month Dollars for Dialysis campaign kicked off on Dec. 25 and ran through March 15. The project was given a boost when Community State Bank of Orbisonia offered a $15,000 matching grant. In all, there were 132 gifts ranging from $5 to $15,000 to support the project.

“We are delighted to see that $100,000 was raised and that so many people, businesses and organizations were compelled to give in an effort to meet the $15,000 challenge grant,” Trudy Everhart, CEO and president of CSB, said in the release.

In a separate announcement, the FCMC Foundation announced that the FirstEnergy Foundation has donated $10,000 to the dialysis program.

From left are Chris Boryan, Fulton County Medical Center Foundation grants and donor relations manager; Pennsylvania State Sen. Judy Ward; FCMC CEO and President Mike Makosky; FirstEnergy External Affairs Consultant Jim Crowder and FCMC COO Kim Slee.

“We are pleased that our FirstEnergy Foundation contribution will help bring a dialysis center to the Fulton County Medical Center and positively impact the health of the community,” David W. McDonald, president of West Penn Power, the FirstEnergy electric distribution utility serving the area, said in a news release.

The FirstEnergy Foundation is funded solely by FirstEnergy’s shareholders. It provides support to nonprofit, tax-exempt health and human services agencies; educational organizations; cultural and arts programs and institutions; and civic groups in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York.

The Fulton County Medical Center Foundation acts as the fundraising arm of the Medical Center, supporting equipment purchases, funding for additional services and capital projects.

The renovation phase should be completed in April, with equipment and prep work slated for May in anticipation of a June opening.

“Dialysis Care Center has had patients already signed up, and they are anticipating more to sign up,” said Kim Slee, chief  operating officer at FCMC. “They will be busy from the get-go, and we anticipated they would be based on the initial inquiries we received from the community asking when it would be open.”