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Hospital chief: Garth Brooks discussed $15 million gift to honor mom with hospital renaming
CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) ' An Oklahoma hospital executive says country singer Garth Brooks considered giving $15 million to his facility if it would name itself after his late mother.
Brooks is suing the Integris (in-TEHG-rihs) Canadian Valley Regional Hospital, saying it wouldn't name a women's center for Colleen Brooks after receiving $500,000 from him.
The Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/Avdi1z ) reports that hospital president James Moore testified Thursday that discussions initially involved a much larger gift.
An internal document from the hospital quotes Brooks as saying a $15 million gift for naming rights was "exactly" what he had in mind. Moore says he never spoke to Brooks about naming a women's center for a half-million dollars.
The hospital considers Brooks' donation unconditional.
Colleen Brooks died of cancer in 1999. A women's center never was built.