2003-2006: Intensive Care Unit—A Gift for the Community

“Hill Country Memorial quickly became our second family…Truly, one of the greatest joys of living in Fredericksburg is the peace of mind gained by knowing that Hill Country Memorial’s compassionate staff is there to help if we need them.” —Vincent R. DiNino, Ph.D.

The benefit project for Galas X and XI was a new and expanded intensive care unit for Hill Country Memorial. An astonishing $182,000 was presented to the hospital for ICU seed money from Gala X. Gala XI raised a record $316,000 to help furnish and equip the new area. The $4.56 million project got an additional boost when the foundation presented the hospital with $1.5 million in community contributions.

The ICU was originally designed to have eight large rooms with windows, leaving two more rooms to be shelled in for future expansion. However, because of the generous financial support of our community, it was possible to finish out all 10 rooms. The Don and Julie Holden ICU honors the couple who supported the hospital since the original 1966 fund drive. The sentiment that the hospital is “…one of the best gifts this community ever gave to itself” rings true year after year with the continued outpouring of support provided by the community.