PHC receives $250,000 donation
Putnam County Courier
January 31, 2008
CARMEL-Paul Camarda has kept his promise.
Camarda known affectionately throughout the area
as Putnam's Donald Trump, delivered a $250,000 check
to Putnam Hospital Center Friday as the second installment
of his $500,000 contribution to the hospital's new
113,000-square foot, $34 million addition that will
allow cancer patients to have a state-of-the-art
facility in which to receive radiation treatments
close to home.
Camarda toured the new wing and was greatly impressed: "Putnam
Hospital is now at the cutting edge of all forms
of health care treatment. Our new treatment center
will be as modern and technologically advanced as
any other facility in the U.S."
Camarda was asked why he made such a generous donation
to the hospital.
"This is the right thing to do. The community
has been good to me and this is my way of giving
back. I call it civic or corporate responsibility.
Putnam Hospital is a tremendous asset to our county
and is only getting better every day. When fighting
cancer, patients go through very traumatic times.
Now individuals will be able to get their treatment
locally instead of traveling to lower Westchester
or Manhattan. The new Camarda Care Center will be
a tremendous asset to families who are experiencing
very tough times," he said.
Putnam Hospital Center Vice President Jeffrey Kellogg
accompanied Camarda on the tour along with Elizabeth
Gomez, director of the hospital's oncology department.
Kellogg called Camarda a "true friend of the
hospital. We are pleased and happy for Mr. Camarda's
Gomez explained the centerpiece of the new cancer
treatment center was a $2.5 million piece of radiation
equipment called a Linac Radiation Device that will
sit on a 2,800 pound concrete slab in the middle
of an 80 foot by 30 foot vault.
The equipment will be shipped from California next
week and will arrive at the hospital on Feb.9 with
a team of technicians and engineers. Gomez said no
other hospital in the region had such intricate technology
available to its patients.
Construction on the new addition continues on schedule
with crews installing sheet rock and painting interior
Plans call for the new center to open in late spring
that will consist of not only the cancer center but
70 new private patient rooms, physicians' offices
and a new community auditorium.