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Hospitals, donors and speculation

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Let's speculate: What do you think it would take for PinnacleHealth System to name its new hospital after you?

It's scheduled to open this spring — a time lapse construction video is here, if you like that sort of thing — and so far, I've seen it called only the West Shore Hospital. That's not to denigrate the moniker: It's clear and simple, and names can do a lot worse than that.

But as we all know, medical facility identities often reflect those of prominent donors. That's what brought up this subject, actually: The news earlier this week that Holy Spirit Hospital got a $5 million gift and consequently will be naming its new surgical center The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Surgical Wing.

In another recent example that came to mind, there's the Lancaster General Health Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, named in honor of a $5 million gift toward the total cost of $46 million.

It's pretty clear that, generally speaking, for $5 million you can get your name on something. But would it be enough for a hospital? And who would you put on the list of likely donors?

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