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U Hospital to Open Doors to $42.5 Million Eccles Critical Care Pavilion

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies for University of Utah Hospitals new George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Critical Care Pavilion will be held Friday, March 28, at 11 a.m.

Government and community leaders and University donors will join U of U officials, faculty, physicians, nurses, and staff for the celebration in front of the pavilion.

Program participants include U of U President Bernie Machen; A. Lorris Betz, M.D., Ph.D., University senior vice president for health sciences and dean of the medical school; Richard A. Fullmer, University Hospital executive director; and Lt. Gov. Olene Walker.

"This expansion of our critical care services has been needed for so long," said hospital CEO Fullmer, noting the increasingly frequent occasions when University Hospitals Emergency Department and surgical intensive care unit have been filled to capacity. "The Eccles Critical Care Pavilion is a life-saver, in every sense of the word, for the people of Utah and the region."

The Eccles pavilion has been named in recognition of a $7 million gift to the project from the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation.

A $3 million gift from William H. Child, chief executive officer of R.C. Willey Home Furnishings, and his wife Patricia, has funded the pavilions William H. and Patricia W. Child Emergency Center.

Additional funding for the pavilion came from the release of a bond issue and donations by more than 2,000 U Hospital employees and many community members in campaigns organized by the U Hospital Foundation.

A community open house with tours of the pavilion will be held Saturday, March 29. The 9 a.m.–2 p.m. event will feature free health screenings, medical careers information, health activities including an ER teddy bear clinic, and prize giveaways.