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Published December 15, 2010, 12:00 AM

Jamestown Hospital gets $1.6 million gift

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – The Jamestown Hospital Foundation recently received one of the final gifts from an area man who included it in his will.

By: By Ben Rodgers, Forum Communications Co., INFORUM

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – The Jamestown Hospital Foundation recently received one of the final gifts from an area man who included it in his will.

Daniel Kornovich left the foundation $1.6 million for the new Jamestown Regional Medical Center.

“It’s amazing to me because he was such a quiet person and yet he had a lot of things he felt quite strong about, and for him to include us and leave that much money, it’s just incredible,” said Jan Barnes, director of the Jamestown Hospital Foundation.

The healing gardens that will welcome visitors to the new hospital will be named after him and his parents, Edmund and Florence Kornovich, which is what he told Barnes he wanted because he farmed all his life and loved the land.

The garden will be on the south side of the hospital and will feature trees, shrubs, flowers, benches and a fountain.

After a heart attack, Kornovich spent time at the rehab and wellness centers at Jamestown Hospital, Barnes said.

“He was very happy with all the care he got here,” she said. “It was kind of like his family because he didn’t have any other family.”

The first and the last times Barnes talked to Kornovich, she said he told her of the gift the hospital will receive after he passed.

“It’s the largest-ever one-time gift we have ever received, and it’s the largest gift we’ve had for our campaign, so it really brought our campaign numbers up,” Barnes said.

The donation put the entire campaign at more than $3 million in October, she said.

She said so far there have been more than 100 donors to the new hospital. The hospital also recently decided to add another $2 million to its challenge goal.

“Mr. Kornovich’s pledge will allow us to look at introducing new services to the community that are not currently here,” Jamestown Hospital CEO Marty Richman said.


Rodgers writes for the Jamestown Sun

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