HARTFORD, Conn.-Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has surpassed its $25 million fund-raising goal by $1 million, organizers said. The money will be used to improve facilities at the 99-year-old hospital, which is undergoing a $135 million reconstruction. The construction, which includes a new 10-story patient-care tower, is designed to make it easier for doctors to care for patients, said Edward Johnson, the hospital's senior vice president for public relations and community affairs. "It means increased access to the latest technology," Johnson said. Emergency services at Mount Sinai Hospital, which merged with Saint Francis in 1990, also are being improved with the money from the fund-raising campaign. Different foundations provided some of the money, and the hospital's own employees donated $1 million. Fund-raising Chairman Denis Mullane said the work will continue. "Clearly the strategy is to not lose the momentum that has been created," he said.
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