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CONTACT:
Daniel E. Carmody
Senior Vice President
Channing Bete Company
One Community Place
South Deerfield, MA 01373-0200
Phone (800) 828-2827
www.channing-bete.com

Channing Bete Company Contributes $200,000 to Local Hospitals

South Deerfield, MA -- On April 6, Mike Bete, president and chief executive officer of the Channing Bete Company, announced that the company would give $100,000 to Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and $100,000 to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts. Both gifts were made on behalf of and in recognition to all of the employee owners of the Channing Bete Company.

The gift to Franklin Medical Center, which was made as part of the hospital's Second Century Campaign, will be used to renovate the emergency department's lobby. Second Century projects currently underway at the hospital include the complete renovation of the emergency and radiology departments as well as renovations of the inpatient medical-surgical and intensive care units.

The gift to Cooley Dickinson Hospital, which was made as part of the hospital's Caring for the Future campaign, will underwrite the hospital's cancer resource center, which is expected to open in 2008. Caring for the Future projects currently underway include the creation of a new 116,000-square-foot addition, which will house 8 surgical suites, 32 patient rooms, a centralized laboratory, and an expanded joint replacement center.

"Many of our employees have had to rush to the emergency room and stand by while a loved one is being treated, and many have also watched coworkers battle cancer, so these gifts are very personal," explained Mike Bete. "While the improvements we're funding will help the community at large, we know that some day a coworker will need to use these critical services, which makes these gifts even more meaningful."

The Channing Bete Company's mission is to strengthen individuals, families, and communities by reinforcing healthy behaviors and commitment to positive social values. The company has long been a supporter of area organizations that have similar missions and that work to improve the health and well-being of community members.

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