IRON MOUNTAIN - The 100-plus Women Who Care in Dickinson County united to raise $20,500 for another local 501 (c)(3) organization.
After listening to three presentations, the membership selected the Dickinson County Hospital Foundation to receive this donation.
This was the group's first quarterly meeting of 2014, with a capacity crowd in attendance.
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DCH Foundation Board members accept the donations from 100-plus Women Who Care in an effort to help purchase new Infusion Therapy Chairs and other patient comfort items for the Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU) at Dickinson County Healthcare System. Tamara Juul, DCH Foundation executive director and DCH Foundation Board Members are shown here accepting the donation from 100-plus Women Who Care members and DCHS Employees. Pictured in front from left are Foundation Director Tamara Juul, DCHS employees and 100+ Women members, Joan DeClark, Katie Maxon and Amy Ramme. In back are DCH Foundation Board Members John Jamar and Pat Matthews, ACU Manager Judy Occhietti, DCHS employee and 100-plus Women member Anne Porier and Foundation President Mike Celello.
The DCH Foundation dates back to 1965 when it was established by local physicians and community leaders in business. Since its inception, the foundation has been committed to raising and distributing financial resources to enhance the quality and accessibility of local health care services.
While its mission is to support the Dickinson County Healthcare System through various programs and donations, the foundation is a separate entity, managed by an independent, volunteer board of directors.
This sizable gift from 100-plus Women will enable the foundation to realize its most recent goal of replacing the infusion therapy chairs in the Ambulatory Care Unit which date back to the old hospital prior to 1996 and serve hundreds of patients annually.
Most commonly, the chairs are used for chemotherapy treatment, but they also are used for blood transfusions, for iron transfusions, and for infusion therapy and long-term antibiotic treatment for non-malignant diseases.
Other community health-related projects that the foundation currently supports include: IMPACT, which is a concussion- testing program for youth sports in Dickinson County; Operation Heartbeat, which places and maintains automated defibrillators in first responders and public safety vehicles; the Bike Helmet Give-a-Way, which provides free bike helmets to area youth during the annual One
Big Day for Healthy Kids Event; and Race for a Cure, which purchases thousands of dollars in food and gas cards for patients undergoing weeks of radiation treatment.
Through generous donations and fund-raising activities, the Dickinson County Hospital Foundation has been able to finance the refurbishment of the surgical and obstetric waiting rooms as well as the consultation room for patients and family members. The renovation of the pediatric wing, which it also funded, is almost complete.
Throughout its history, the foundation has also given substantial assistance to hospital efforts to maintain the necessary upgrades in medical technology and equipment which ensures that patients are provided the finest health care.
Most recently, in 2012, it contributed to the Radiation Oncology Equipment Upgrade project which greatly enhanced the capabilities of the linear accelerator used in cancer treatments.
"The cold weather certainly has not dampened the generous spirit of our members. We had a tremendous turnout." said a committee spokesperson. "In addition, we have so many members who spend the winter in warmer locations, yet they faithfully send their checks in once the charity has been chosen. There is a real commitment here and we are so inspired by that."
In six meetings, 100+ Women Who Care in Dickinson County has now raised more than $106,000 for 501(c)(3) charities in the community.
The next meeting for 100+ Women is scheduled for Monday, May 12, at Pine Grove Country Club, at which time another 501(c)(3) charity/organization will be selected.
For more information or to join the group, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. All interested women are invited to participate.