Priest's generous donation funds hospital renovations

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Hospital’s goal of renovating its Emergency Department will begin soon due in great part to the generosity of a longtime local priest.
When the Very Rev. Robert Purcell saw a newspaper story last year detailing the hospital’s intention of expanding and modernizing its Emergency Department, he decided to help. The following day, he contacted Chief Executive Officer Ed Morache and presented him with a check for the anticipated construction cost of the project.
Work on the renovations is scheduled to begin in the very near future. At Father Bob's request, a plaque in the Emergency Department will honor his parents, Francis J. and Aldea “Mim” Purcell. Mrs. Purcell, who is very well-known locally, was told about this honor last week and was given a tour of the Emergency Department and an overview of the work to be done.
Father Bob, who served 23 years as pastor of the Sacred Heart Parish with churches in Margaretville, Roxbury and Andes, said he felt it was the perfect time to give back to his community.
"The Emergency Department has saved me so many times that I had always planned to leave a donation to the hospital. When I saw the story, I decided that the money was needed now and there was no point in waiting," he explained.
Father Bob began work at the Sacred Heart Parish in 1978 (retiring eight years ago) and said that within six months of arrival, he knew he would spend the rest of his life in the area.
"I have never regretted coming here for a moment and I wanted to leave something to the community," he commented.
Needless to day, Mr. Morache was surprised, but very appreciative when learning about the generous gift.
"We are very grateful for the generous donation given to us by Father Purcell and his mother. Along with the many other donations from our community, it has allowed us to pursue our Emergency Department renovations much sooner than we may have anticipated."