SAINT-GOBAIN DONATES $100,000 TO EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT EXPANSION AT UMASS MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER

January 17, 2005 
 
WORCESTER, Mass. - Saint-Gobain's abrasives and ceramics operations in Worcester recently made a $100,000 donation to UMass Memorial Health Care's Lakeside Expansion Capital Campaign. The gift will support construction of the new 264,000-square-foot addition to UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus. The project, which will expand and modernize the hospital's emergency services, as well as increase its operating room, radiology and surgical intensive care capacity, is scheduled to be completed in 2005.

"Saint-Gobain has a long tradition of supporting organizations that contribute to the quality of life where our employees live and work," said Benoit Bazin, vice president for Saint-Gobain Abrasives, North America." A high level of emergency care is essential for a healthy community, and we're pleased to support it with this contribution."

"Saint-Gobain's support of the Lakeside Expansion, which will benefit local employers and employees alike by ushering in a new era in emergency care for the citizens of the region, continues their long tradition of involvement with UMass Memorial," said UMass Memorial President and CEO John G. O'Brien. Mr. O'Brien noted that Saint-Gobain has been a generous supporter of UMass Memorial Foundation, providing more than a million dollars in philanthropic support to UMass Memorial over the past several decades.

Saint-Gobain is a leading worldwide producer of flat glass, glass containers, reinforcements, insulation, building materials, and pipe as well as high-performance plastics, industrial ceramics, and abrasives. One of the top 100 industrial companies in the world, Saint-Gobain employs more than 170,000 people in 46 countries. Its annual sales approximate $33.5 billion. In the United States and Canada, the company has close to 190 plants and 26,000 employees.

UMass Memorial Health Care is central Massachusetts' largest not-for-profit health care delivery system, with 1,500 physicians and more than 12,000 employees. Led by President and CEO John G. O'Brien, its comprehensive network of care includes teaching hospitals, affiliated community hospitals, freestanding primary care practices, ambulatory outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospice programs, a rehabilitation group and mental health services. UMass Memorial Health Care is the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. For more information, visit www.umassmemorial.organd www.umassmed.edu/foundation.

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