To celebrate the event’s success, Hopkins County Health Care Foundation and Lights of Life Campaign Committee hosted a special celebration reception Thursday evening to present the checks to the appropriate recipient departments, extend thanks to the many generous sponsors and guests and announce the 2013-2014 Lights of Life campaign and gala chairs and event dates.
When the Light of Lights campaign was launched in November 2012, HCHCF and event committee members set a goal of $175,000 to help raise funds for a few Philips Heart Monitoring Systems for Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. When the final count was in, the campaign grossed $234,442 — a record amount — and netted $159,000 after expenses. In addition to the many corporate sponsors who put up $77,500, another $5,800 was raised by people remembering or honoring others by sponsoring a light on the Lights of Life tree, $50,000 was raised during the live and silent auctions at the gala, $2,500 from the Fly Your Flag campaign, $3,840 from sales of HCHCF’s calendars and almost $18,000 was underwritten.
Thursday evening, the foundation and Lights of Life chairs Arvis and Sheila Tanton presented two checks.
Donna Wallace, chief financial officer, and the hospital board received an $81,000 check to go toward installation of the Philips Heart Monitoring System in five patient rooms.
“The monitoring systems will be installed in five of the patient rooms on the second floor of the hospital and would allow for continuous heart rhythm monitoring of patients. The monitors will be integrated with the ICU central monitoring station where a qualified EKG technician is located. Creating a designated area for cardiovascular and observation of patients will allow unlimited visitation to the patient and will allow their family members to stay the night because they will not need to remain in ICU care. This is another valuable service that we can provide to the hospital, the community and future heart patients,” said Thornton.
HCHCF board also presented a $25,000 check to the hospital to go toward construction of a 60-foot by 18-foot cover to house the emergency medical services deparment’s ambulances.
An additional $30,000 will go to help grow the Health Care Foundation’s “Leaving a Legacy Endowment Fund.”
“Five years ago, with the money from the gala, we decided to give some and save some to an endowment fund so that someday we’ll have a legacy to leave to the hospital,” Thornton noted.
The 2013-2014 l Lights of Life campaign will kick off Nov. 1, the annual tree lighting ison Dec. 5, and the eighth annual gala will be Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. Wanda Galyean will serve as 2013 HCHCF chair. Leading the 2013-2014 campaign will be Mary Bonham, Rhonda Adair and Kristin Potts.
“Everyone is thrilled with the selection of ‘three generations of chairs’ ... This dynamic trio will definitely take the campaign to a new level,” Thornton said.
“We are honored, excited and humbled to be asked to chair this amazing campaign and gala,” said Adair. “The chairs before us have set the bar high, but Mom, Kristin and I will do our best to meet those standards. Having served on the committee the past two years, I know first-hand the commitment, dedication and hard work of the gala committee. Without their help, we couldn't do it; so thank you upfront to the gala team. Mom, Kristin and I have already been thinking of a theme. We are humbled and honored to have the opportunity to give back to our community as we help the foundation in their goal to support the hospital in its mission of providing quality health care to the residents of Hopkins County. We are looking forward to another great campaign.”
The 2014 gala is expected to be another sell-out and “over-the-top” event, Thornton noted.
Hopkins County Health Care Foundation was established to “help the hospital provide quality health care for the residents of Hopkins County.” Since 1996, the annual Lights of Life campaign has been held to fulfill that purpose. Some of the past projects funded partially or in full by the annual campaign have included The Gardens at Memorial; grants to Hospice at Memorial, Wound Care and case management to assist the patients served there; the Children’s Therapy Gardens; the emergency room and third floor children’s waiting areas; a digital mammography machine; a handicapped accessible van; and therapeutic hypothermic equipment.
The goals of HCHCF for the next five years include growing the endowment fund and continue supporting Memorial Hospital’s efforts to provide quality health care for the future.
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