90-year-old gives Haines clinic $100,000

Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2000

HAINES -- A 90-year-old Haines woman has donated $100,000 to the town's medical clinic.

Officials at the Haines Medical Clinic plan to use most of Dorothy Quinn's gift to buy an ultrasound machine.

''She's just real happy with the community and was real impressed with them up there at the clinic,'' said nephew Steve Brooks. Quinn moved to Haines in 1996 from upstate New York, where she spent most of her life, Brooks told the Chilkat Valley News last week.

The hassle involved in changing her will to include the clinic led Quinn to make an outright gift rather than leave the money to the clinic after her death. Quinn suffers from congestive heart failure, Brooks said.

''She's a nice woman who would like to do something nice for the community by improving health care,'' said Roger Martinez, the clinic doctor Quinn initially approached about making a gift.

Martinez said the machine will be useful in obstetrics cases, as well as diagnosing trauma patients and checking organs such as gall bladders.

''In many cases, it'll help us make a decision whether someone needs to go to Juneau or not,'' he said.

The gift is the largest charitable donation from an individual in Haines in recent history.

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