Crofton Family Gives a Second $1 Million Gift to AAMC
Ken and Joanne Gill of Crofton, MD., have pledged a second $1 million dollar gift to the Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) Foundation in support of the $424 million expansion underway on the AAMC campus on Medical Parkway at Jennifer Road.
“Our community is growing so rapidly, it’s vital that the hospital grow alongside it,” said Mr. Gill, who is a member of the AAMC Foundation Board of Directors.
The medical center is in the final phase of its expansion, which will add a new, eight-story patient tower, 50 private patient rooms, eight operating rooms and an expanded emergency department with a dedicated pediatric emergency department. The seven-story Health Sciences Pavilion on the west campus will house physician offices, a Health Sciences Institute, and other services.
The Gills’ first $1 million gift, in 2007, allowed AAMC to expand its highly successful oncology nurse navigator program to include a navigator devoted to prostate cancer. This individual guides prostate patients through the complex process of cancer treatment. Mr. Gill is a prostate cancer survivor.
“Seventeen years ago, when I was battling the disease, you were kind of on your own,” said Mr. Gill. “Your surgeon told you the process for treating your cancer, but you were kind of hanging out there by yourself, unsure of the small details that the treatment process would entail. The nurse navigator program at AAMC has changed the entire treatment process for thousands of patients.”
A veteran of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, Mr. Gill currently is involved with several businesses across a variety of industries. The Gill Company, Inc. includes manufacturing, supermarket, chain restaurant, and independent restaurant divisions.
“I think it is important, even in difficult financial times, for those who are able to lend support to valuable community organizations, to do so,” said Mr. Gill. “The hospital is a tremendous organization, and time spent there by my family members has just reinforced the caring and professionalism of the staff.”
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