Garth Brooks hospital dispute continues

2012-01-20 14:24
Claremore - A hospital executive testified on Thursday that country singer Garth Brooks considered donating as much as $15m - not just $500 000 - to the facility if it would name a women's centre after his late mother.

Brooks is suing the Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in Yukon, saying it would not name a women's centre for Colleen Brooks after receiving $500 000 from him. Colleen Brooks died of cancer in 1999. The centre never was built.

Hospital president and CEO James Moore testified on Thursday that discussions initially involved a much larger gift, The Tulsa World reported.

Verbal agreement

An internal document from the hospital quotes Brooks as saying a $15m gift for naming rights was "exactly" what he had in mind.

Moore denied ever making a verbal agreement with Brooks on naming the proposed women's health centre after his mother in exchange for the $500 000 donation. Moore said that gift from Brooks was anonymous and "unrestricted," meaning Integris could use the money at its discretion.

Brooks donated the money anonymously in December 2005, and Integris confirmed it was from him shortly afterward.

Under cross examination, Moore acknowledged he did promise Brooks he would do something to honour his mother, but maintained there was no agreement about naming a centre.