“Because of the generosity of this community and of the surrounding communities, this state-of-the-art birthing facility is becoming a reality. All contributions, great and small, were critical to the campaign’s success.” —Mike Tomforde

Hill Country Memorial was making plans in 2001 to build a Women’s Pavilion to accommodate the growing demands for obstetrical procedures in its service area. The foundation was asked to fund the project with an expected construction and equipment cost of $3.5 million. Proceeds from Gala IX, amounting to $73,000, served as seed money for the project.

The Women’s Pavilion Campaign is noteworthy. First, it was the largest fund-raising effort in the hospital’s history. Second, the Mabee Foundation awarded a $500,000 challenge grant to the foundation. Third, the Women’s Pavilion was entirely donor-funded and built completely debt-free.

Again, the robust and visionary support of the community made it possible for all of the above milestones to have been achieved. The modern 14,300-square-foot facility offers obstetrical services supported by caring doctors and staff, as well as state-of-the-art equipment to ensure the health and welfare of mothers and the more than 500 babies born each year.