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Date:12/28/2007

Surgeon General of Florida and dignitaries attend dedication ceremony of facility being built to serve the western Palm Beach County communities

that border Lake Okeechobee

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Health Care District of Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners, Glades General Hospital Board of Directors and Glades Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors recently dedicated the 50 acres of land on which a new regional hospital campus is being built to serve all the Western Palm Beach County communities. The hospital will be the first in the county to feature all private patient rooms and a design that is sensitive to the patient experience and patient privacy.

Florida Surgeon General Ana M. Viamonte Ros M.D., MPH, State Rep. Richard A. Machek, Pahokee Mayor J.P. Sasser, South Bay Mayor Clarence Anthony and more than 100 members of the community attended the dedication ceremony at the crossroads of the Lake Okeechobee region on the centrally located site on the southwest corner of U.S. 441 and Hooker Highway. Father John Mericantante of St. Mary's Catholic Church delivered the invocation.

"Today we see heavy machinery moving thousands of yards of dirt on this site. In just a few short years, we will have the modern medical hub that we need to deliver quality healthcare to this region," said Dr. Stanley Pierce, Chair of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners. "The District received letters from more than 200 residents supporting this project and it is wonderful to see the vast array of people here today to dedicate the land."

The Health Care District has committed $50 million toward the $73 million technologically advanced hospital, making it the largest capital project the District has undertaken in its 18-year history. The Glades Healthcare Foundation has implemented a capital campaign to raise the balance needed to complete the hospital project. The
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