December 21, 2011
Kane Community Hospital Launches new Foundation -KCH Futures Fund
It started in early October. A KCH Nurse heard we were starting a Foundation and called to say she wanted to donate $1,000 (anonymously) and challenge KCH board members, physicians, employees and associates to match her challenge or make one of their own.
At the end of October, Kane Community Hospital, an affiliate of UPMC Hamot, launched the KCH Futures Fund with its internal stakeholders -- 217 full and part-time members of the KCH Family. The challenge was on and the subsequent internal drive has generated $23,000 and growing.
With the impressive investment of the KCH Family in its own future underway, the Fund team turned its attention to the public launch of the Foundation.
During the first week in December, KCH announced the Fund and an annual appeal via letter campaign. In the past two weeks we have received over $15K in year-end gifts and pledges, toward a $60K project to renovate twelve, single-bed patient rooms at approximately $5K each, as a down payment to a major facility upgrade, or for KCH's greatest need. .
This week, the Fall 2011/Winter 2012 issue of KCH Community Connections is arriving in 14,000 local households with Hospital, KCH center, and hospital-based clinic news and information important to individuals, families and communities in our service area. The newsletter will help area residents catch up on what’s happening at KCH and hold on to the directory at the newsletter's centerfold. The directory lists KCH physicians. community clinics, outpatient services as well as the many free or reduced rate blood pressure clinics, wellness screenings, blood screenings and blood drives planned at the hospital or in KCH clinic communities in 2012.
The newsletter also offers details about the KCH Futures Fund and how individuals, families, businesses, and service organizations can help support KCH initiatives for for healthy communities.
J. Gary Rhodes, Vice President, UPMC Hamot and CEO, Kane Community Hospital, in his public year-end message, expressed his gratitude "to the KCH Family, KCH patients, their families and area businesses for placing their trust in KCH to provide your care and to partner with you to serve the needs of our communities” throughout the years.
The KCH mission is to serve our patients, their families, our communities and one another. Our KCH Vision is to be recognized in the communities we serve as the provider of superior patient care and service and to provide access to nationally recognized specialty care through our affiliation with UPMC Hamot. "We look forward to serving residents and guests of the Alleghenies for all the seasons of your life, for many generations to come."
KCH Senior Leaders each donated a gift for a basket of gifts as an incentive for those stakeholders who stepped up to make a pledge or make a donation early in the internal drive. Cammy Engman, LPN, Kane Family Practice, was the winning ticket holder for the basket. Cammy had pledged the first day of the drive, making her donation "in memory" of her friend, SSGT Kenneth VanGiesen. Here congratulating Cammy are Foundation donors and colleagues George Saleh, CRNA (left) and Urologist Donald Rudick, MD (right).