Farmington Hills, Mich., February 1, 2008 – Gerson Cooper, long-time president and chief executive officer of Botsford Health Care, has been named chairman of the capital campaign to support Botsford Hospital’s new cancer center. Robert P. Heinrich and Harris W. Mainster, D.O., have accepted positions as co-chairmen of the campaign.
The Botsford Foundation’s Share the Vision Campaign for the cancer center is expected to be a three-year fund raising effort, pursuing a goal of $ 8,000,000, the most ambitious target in Botsford history.
“Gersh Cooper is THE individual with the insight and enthusiasm to lead this campaign,” said Margo Gorchow, executive director of The Botsford Foundation. “Bob Heinrich and Harris Mainster bring skills and personal commitment. They make me very optimistic about our ability to succeed.”
“I feel a real sense of excitement and pride about leading this campaign for Botsford,” said Cooper. “The cancer center and the Share The Vision Campaign are vitally important to Botsford Hospital and to the community and the patients we serve. Through the years we have worked diligently to build a strong relationship with our community. The Share The Vision Campaign creates an opportunity to grow and strengthen this relationship.”
A resident of Bloomfield Hills, Cooper is a graduate of Wayne State University. He will celebrate his fiftieth anniversary of leadership with Botsford Health Care, Botsford Hospital and predecessor organizations later this year.
Co-chairman Robert Heinrich has also maintained a long affiliation with Botsford; he is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of MetroBank and the Farmington Hills/Farmington Community Foundation.
Harris W. Mainster, D.O., Botsford Hospital Chairman of the Department of General Surgery, was chairman of the Botsford physicians’ capital campaign in 1991.
The Share the Vision Campaign will raise funds not only for the construction of the Botsford cancer center but also for the renovation and refurbishment of the Botsford Inn. The 30,000 square-foot, two-story cancer center will be located on Grand River Avenue, the south edge of the Botsford Hospital campus. It will house a radiation oncology treatment area along with 19 infusion bays and examination rooms. After restoration, the Botsford Inn is expected to look much like it did in 1925 when it was owned and restored by Henry Ford.
Botsford Hospital, a 330-bed community teaching hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford received the 2006 Governor’s Award for Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care in the Hospital Setting and, in 2007, a three-year recertification as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Botsford’s web address is www.botsford.org.
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