Stewart hand-carves $1 mil for hospital

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MOUNT KISCO, N.Y.  -- Martha Stewart has pledged to donate $1 million to the hospital where doctors stitched up her hand last December.

Stewart said she received excellent care and wants to "ensure that the region in which I live and the community, which has been so welcoming to me, has access to a superior medical facility," according to a news release issued Tuesday by Northern Westchester Hospital.

The 65-year-old lifestyle guru visited the hospital's emergency department after slicing her hand while carving a turkey in her home about four miles away.

Stewart's pledge is conditional -- other donors must give $2 million by the end of the year before the Stewart money kicks in. The donations would help the hospital nearly reach its $25 million fundraising goal for a new emergency department.

So far, more than $21 million has been pledged and a fundraising gala is scheduled for Oct. 28.

The $1 million is not the first gift from Stewart since she cut her hand. She sent two Christmas trees soon afterward, including one decorated with gingerbread cookies, the hospital said.