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LincolnHealth President addresses Bristol Lions 10/06/2017

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From left: Bristol Area Lions Club Secretary John Janell thanks LincolnHealth President Jim Donovan and presents him with $1,000 donation from the Bristol Area Lions Foundation toward The Herbert & Roberta Watson Health Center. Standing with them Roberta and Lion Herbert Watson.

On Monday, Oct. 2, LincolnHealth President Jim Donovan detailed the plans and progress on The Herbert & Roberta Watson Health Center to the Bristol Area Lions Club.

The plans began with a Master Plan in 2010 reviewing the Miles campus buildings associated with the hospital: the Webster Van Winkle Medical Building, the Miles Professional Building, the Women’s Center and the Dorothy B. White Orthopedic Center. All of them were originally built for another purpose and will be consolidated into the new Health Center.

A major renovation or new construction was considered in 2012, and it became apparent a new building was needed. A new building would be built without incurring any additional debt — a 16,560-square foot building on the site of the current Women’s Center for approximately $13.7 million. The hospital began saving funds for the project and accumulated $9.7 million.

This left $4 million to be raised with a capital fund drive. The quiet phase, soliciting businesses and major donors, is now winding down and amounted to $3.3 million. This leaves $700 thousand to be raised over the course of the year from the public with The Cornerstone Campaign before the building is completed. Construction began this year with a target of cutting the ribbon on the new building in July, 2018.

Currently, the building looks like and erector set with the steel beams placed with a large crane. Although test borings of the site indicated ledge, common in this area, only Volkswagen-size rocks were found. One neighboring Schooner Cove resident complained, as he was looking forward to the blasting.

The building will have no private doctor’s offices with a wall of certifications, instead the doctor will use the next available consulting room to meet with patients. The approach will be patient-centered with a team working with each doctor.

The building is named “The Herbert & Roberta Watson Health Center,” after two longtime volunteers; Roberta said she wants it to honor all volunteers doing work throughout the area.

The Bristol Area Lions Club is honored to have Herbert as a member, as he embodies the Lions Club motto: “We Serve.”

At their previous meeting the club had voted to donate $1,000 to the campaign from a balance carried forward from prior years. This will not affect current funds raised this summer to support the club’s many annual charitable activities. The Bristol Area Lions Foundation has significant endowments which are restricted to providing annual scholarships to Lincoln Academy graduates residing in Bristol and South Bristol.

The next club meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. The guest speaker will be WCSH 6 news reporter Don Carrigan whose topic is “Goings-on at the State House”.

To make dinner reservations for that meeting, call John Janell at 563-7402.
To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, call Walt Johansson at 677-2584.


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