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The Patricia Cornwell Intensive Care Unit for the Cornell Companion Animal Hospital is dedicated
A gift of $1 million from the author is celebrated to support animals in need

FOR RELEASE: June 6, 2006

ITHACA, N.Y. - Cornell University Hospital for Animals at the College of Veterinary Medicine has announced the dedication of The Patricia Cornwell Intensive Care Unit for Companion Animals. A gift of $1 million by Patricia Cornwell, the award-winning author and former crime reporter, will be honored with the installation of a naming plaque on June 9, Cornwell's 50th birthday.

Cornwell's affinity for animals in need as well as her commitment and advocacy for causes such as forensic research, victims' support and animal rescue, have been well recognized through her contribution to several institutions, including Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine.

The gift to Cornell was pledged after Cornwell brought her beloved English bulldog Booboo to the Cornell Companion Animal Hospital where he received excellent care and compassion from Cornell veterinary internist Dr. Richard Goldstein and the hospital's clinicians. Cornwell returned with another English bulldog Okey, and was again impressed with the level of excellence at the Cornell Companion Animal Hospital. Okey was rescued with one eye blinded and totally deaf due to neglect, but his treatment at Cornell helped improve the quality of his life.

"Cornell is the place to go, without a doubt, if there's something wrong with one of your animals," said Cornwell. When people ask her why go to all that trouble for one dog, she responds, "I believe you look at the life in front of you, and do what you can. That's what they do at Cornell."

Thanks to Cornwell's generous gift, a wireless server was installed that beams magnetic resonance images, computed tomography (CT) scans, ultrasounds and radiographic images throughout the Companion Animal Hospital. This critical technology upgrade allows the medical team to quickly view and share images, which in turn speeds up the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

More than 17,000 animals are treated at the Companion Animal Hospital every year, and in an emergency or when the patient is critical, every second counts. Cornwell's support has improved patient care and provided an incredible teaching tool for Cornell's veterinary students.

"We are honored to have the Intensive Care Unit for Companion Animals named for Patricia Cornwell," said Dr. Donald F. Smith, Cornell's Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine. "Her generous support ensures the Companion Animal Hospital will continue to lead the way in integrating scientific research and clinical applications to advance the health of animals and people."

Patricia Cornwell is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of fiction and non-fiction. She has achieved international acclaim for such bestsellers as Predator, Trace and Portrait of a Killer: Jack The Ripper - Case Closed. Her latest No. 1 New York Times bestseller, At Risk, was published by G. P. Putnams Sons on May 23.

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Cornell Contact: Sabina Lee
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Contact for Patricia Cornwell: Mih-Ho Cha
Phone: (781) 862-9833