Relative Carolyn Ogen presents the new plaque in the Marie Beckort McClanahan Donor Walkway. (Zach Dietmeier/WJBC)
By Zach Dietmeier
NORMAL - Advocate BroMenn Medical Center is honoring a major donor with a plaque outside the wing she helped fund.
Marie Beckort McClanahan gave the hospital $1.5 million last year upon her death, and the money went to the construction of the hospital's new obstetrics and critical care wing. Hospital President Colleen Kannaday told alumni of the old Brokaw School of Nursing that the times, technology, and medicine have changed but the dedication has not.
"No matter where you served or what you've done over your career in nursing the difference that you've made and the lives that you've served speaks volumes," Kannaday said. "There continues to be such pride, such strength, and such commitment."
The nursing school closed in 1959 but several former students gathered on Wednesday to tell stories about the facility and view the newest hospital edition, which opened in June 2012.
Vice President of Development Scott Ford says the 105-year old McClanahan, who died last year, was last in contact with the hospital in 1996.
"Typically when someone has your organization in their estate plans you like to know about it so you can help honor, celebrate and recognize it while they are still with you," Ford said. "The best we can do now is to honor Marie with this plaque and this addition."
McClanahan was a Brokaw alumnus herself. Several retired Brokaw physicians and nurses toured the new $11 million wing following a brief ceremony and tea time.
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