Hospital chief: Garth Brooks discussed $15 million gift

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.

Garth Brooks speaks as he is inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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 Wednesday 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.


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