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The Dow Chemical Company Donates $500,000 to Brazosport Health Foundation’s Capital Campaign


Brazosport Regional Health System is pleased to announce a generous gift from The Dow Chemical Company of $500,000 to the Health Foundation’s Cornerstone of Caring Capital Campaign. 

Dow’s significant gift boosts the Brazosport Health Foundation’s Cornerstone of Caring $5M Capital Campaign to $3,635,443.  The generous gift will be acknowledged on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at a reception for Dow at Brazosport Regional Health System.

“We trace our beginnings as a healthcare organization to The Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, and therefore this generous gift has a special meaning for us,” said Al Guevara, CEO/President of Brazosport Regional Health System.  “Through the years, Dow has been a partner in helping to ensure local access to quality healthcare services, and we are honored to accept this major gift to our Cornerstone of Caring capital campaign.”

The patient tower renovation includes a top-to-bottom renovation giving the ability to make all rooms private. Private rooms will reduce noise levels, decrease the risk of infection, and lower stress levels for patients. The modern, spacious, and comfortable private rooms provides space for the family to help in the healing process, allows loved ones to be secondary caregivers, and gives family members the option to visit more freely.

“Our partnership with the hospital is a proud part of our 75-year history in the Brazosport community,” says Earl Shipp, Vice President of U.S. Gulf Coast Operations. “From the 1960s when the Dow Magnesium Hospital was donated to the community to the 1980s when Dow donated 25 acres of land so that Brazosport Memorial could be built, we have long recognized the importance of having a local health system that provided the best of care for our region. Over the years, we have been proud to continue partnering with BRHS on initiatives such as the Dow Women’s Center and the other new facilities.  Today we are very pleased to make this contribution and we are excited to be a part of our hospital system’s past, present and future.” 
As a non-profit organization, the corporate partnerships and community support allows Brazosport Regional to invest in leading edge technology and equipment to provide every patient with excellent and compassionate care. Making a donation contributes to the expansion of healthcare and allows the local hospital to meet the every changing needs of the community. 
**Photo Caption: George Franklin, Board President of Brazosport Health Foundation; Earl Shipp, VP of U.S. Gulf Coast Operations of Dow Chemical; Judith Pepper, Executive Director of Brazosport Health Foundation; Al Guevara, CEO/President of Brazosport Regional Health System; Gabriella Cone, Texas Operations Community Relations Manager of Dow Chemical; David Winder, Public Affairs & Government Affairs Leader for Dow in Texas; and Vicki Melass, Board Member of Brazosport Health Foundation

About Brazosport Regional Health System: 
Brazosport Regional, a Thomson 100 Top Hospital, is located on a beautiful 25 acre campus in Lake Jackson, Texas offering state of the art diagnostic and comprehensive treatment services with care and compassion.  Our nationally accredited hospital ensures premium care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to meet the ever changing healthcare needs of our community.  For you and your family, it all adds up to the right care…right here.  Additional information about Brazosport Regional Health System can be found at www.brazosportregional.org.

About Brazosport Health Foundation
Brazosport Health Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds and increasing awareness for high quality healthcare in our community. Foundation initiatives include The Mermaid Project, the Adelaide Thorpe Scholarship Fund, the Bluebonnet Social Club and select capital campaigns for medical advancements at Brazosport Regional Health System. For more information about the Foundation, visit http://brazosport-health-foundation.org.

About Dow
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from the intersection of chemical, physical and biological sciences to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2013, Dow had annual sales of more than $57 billion and employed approximately 53,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 products are manufactured at 201 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

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