…And The Beat Goes On | Hospital
Foundation Exceeds Matching Gift Challenge from the William F. and Lorene W.
Welch Foundation to Support Project Heartbeat – Cardiac Care Equipment
It is with great pleasure that The Sheridan Memorial Hospital Foundation announces that our community has matched, and exceeded, the initial campaign goal of $300,000 to support Project Heartbeat. In early September, The Sheridan Memorial Hospital Foundation announced the kick-off to Project Heartbeat. This equipment campaign transpired due to the generous $150,000 challenge gift from the William F. and Lorene W. Welch Foundation to enhance care and technological innovation for the Interventional Cardiology team at your community hospital.
The aforementioned state-of-the-art technology upgrade will be used by the cardiologists at Sheridan Memorial Hospital for accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment for patients. The IntraSight 5 allows the cardiologists to see pictures of the heart that are not well seen by other methods. The Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump helps the heart pump more blood and supports a regular rhythm. It is vital for patients during surgery and if transportation to a higher level of care is needed, it converts to a mobile unit which fits in the helicopter. With the recent campaign completed, these state-of-the-art cardiac upgrades are in the beginning phases of purchase and will be in place at our rural hospital in the coming months.
According to Cody Sinclair, Chief Development Officer, “The generosity and support of our community never ceases to amaze me. I am grateful to all 580 contributors and their ability to rise to the challenge in less than five months. Their overwhelming support for the best cardiovascular care, right here at home, will save the lives of many neighbors, friends, and family members. Within The Foundation, we appreciate any chance to facilitate these opportunities and bring together leaders like The Welch Foundation and our incredible donors who believe in ensuring medical excellence and patient centered care are available to everyone.”
“The Welch Foundation has supported community health care for many years—since the first gift for the Patient Wing expansion in 1996,” said Welch Board Member Bill Ebzery. He added “We made this contribution with great certainty that our community would meet and exceed the challenge! Ensuring everyone in our community has access to high level health care right here close to home is a priority for the board when looking at funding opportunities and we were confident that the community would also see the need to ensure excellent health care. We are proud to be a contributing philanthropic partner with the Sheridan Memorial Hospital Foundation and want to thank all the partners who joined alongside us in Project Heartbeat.”
For more information on Project Heart Beat and the Sheridan Memorial Hospital Foundation, contact Director of Donor Relations, Ada Kirven at 307-673-2417.