Season of Giving

Administrators at one area hospital say they have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday. An area plantation owner has pledged the single largest gift in Archbold Hospital's history outside of the Archbold family's support.

Charles Loudermilk, who lives in Atlanta but owns a plantation in Coolidge, has donated $3 million towards Archbold's new cardiovascular center.

Archbold officials call it a blessing, just in time for the holidays. This year, the Archbold Hospital family has more to be thankful for than a big dinner on the table.

The $3 million gift from an area plantation owner, one of the largest in Archbold's history, will help build a 90,000 square foot, state-of-the-art cardiovascular center along the east side of the hospital.

Currently all cardio and vascular services are spread out across Archbold's campus. Hospital officials say they hope once everything is located in one center they'll be able to attract and help more patients.

"Because of all the research and new technology over the last few years, there are a lot of procedures we'd like to add to what we're already doing," Sally Bain says.

Hospital officials say along with new cardiovascular services, the project will also include a coronary care unit and an education and medical conference center. They say this isn't just a gift to Archbold.

Groundbreaking on the new center is slated for April of next year. An estimated $14.3 million is going towards the full cost of the center. Other donations will help Archbold administrators reach that goal.