Update February 7, 2012

Lafayette residents Alexander (Sandy) and Sally Bracken have donated $1 million to fund construction of a state-of-the-art inpatient cancer/urology unit that is an important part of the major expansion underway at BCH’s Foothills Hospital.  The new unit will be named in honor of the Brackens.

“Boulder Community Hospital is such a critical part of our community. We feel grateful to be able to help provide the support needed for BCH to sustain its excellent record of delivering outstanding health care,” the Brackens said.

Both Brackens have played important roles in the growth and success of BCH.  Sandy was a member of the hospital’s governing board for nine years, including a stint as chairman from 2006-2009.  Both Sandy and Sally have served as trustees of the hospital’s Foundation, and Sandy is currently co-chairing the capital campaign for the Foothills Hospital expansion.  The Brackens have made many previous gifts to the hospital and are frequent sponsors of hospital fundraising events. 

Sandy has been active in many local organizations over the years while enjoying a long career with Ball Corporation. He currently serves as chair of the Imagine! Foundation board and is a board member of The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County. Sally is actively involved with the Humane Society of Boulder Valley as a board member and a strong supporter.

“On behalf of cancer patients throughout Boulder County, I want to thank Sandy and Sally for this very generous donation,” said BCH President/CEO David Gehant.  “The Brackens truly exemplify the spirit of community service that makes Boulder such a great place to live.”

“This is an extremely generous gift and a capstone for all that Sandy and Sally have contributed to our community hospital in time, talent and funds over the years,” said Foundation President Ron Secrist.  “When you combine this gift with other recent donations, we are well on our way to achieving our goal of $10 million in community giving for the hospital expansion.”

The new cancer/urology unit is being designed to be truly patient- and family-centered.  It will feature sofas in each room to accommodate family members who wish to stay overnight, three family meeting spaces and an outdoor exercise/walking area and garden. The unit will be on the first floor, allowing easy access to the outdoors.

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