McKenna Healthcare Foundation fundraising for McKenna HealthLink/Children's Museum

Site work and demolition for the McKenna HealthLink/Children's Museum project on San Antonio Street commenced several weeks ago. The long time vacant H.E.B. building will soon transform into a one-stop facility for McKenna's community outreach services and the long awaited permanent home for the McKenna Children's Museum.

The 70,000 square foot facility will offer indoor and outdoor exhibit areas for the McKenna Children's Museum, a multi-court gymnasium, office space, a banquet room, a landscaped courtyard, and flexible-use conference areas.

Construction is expected to take one year, with a spring 2006 opening anticipated.

This exciting project is designed to provide area residents with the knowledge needed to improve their health status, and provide enrichment opportunities for children.

McKenna HealthLink programs to be housed in the facility will address the already high, and still escalating, prevalence of health conditions associated with lifestyle choices, including obesity, smoking, sexually transmitted diseases, and teen pregnancy.

Premier exhibits at the McKenna Children's Museum will invite children to touch, explore, test, experiment, laugh, imagine, cooperate, and play.

The new facility, a separate operation from McKenna Memorial Hospital, will be designed to allow HealthLink programs to collaborate with complimentary organizations and to expand in response to the needs of a growing community.

The McKenna Healthcare Foundation's Development Council has raised $602,600. To date, more than 130 area businesses and families have already made contributions and more partners are joining each week.

Barry Williams, Development Council Chair said, "The Development Council is fortunate to have a dynamic group of 70 community business and civic leaders with a primary focus of building lasting relationships and serving as a link between McKenna and the community. This project (McKenna HealthLink/ Children's Museum) is a fine example of our community working together."

In total, the project will cost $11.22 million and the Foundation has received commitments of $6.15 million.

The McKenna Healthcare Foundation serves as the fund raising entity for McKenna Health System. Contributors are invited to contact the Foundation at (830) 606-2180.

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