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Foundation doubles Giving Tuesday goal

From Staff Reports

Memorial Health Foundation’s first Giving Tuesday has raised nearly $200,000.

Giving Tuesday is a global movement to give people the opportunity to do good.

The campaign was held on Nov. 30. The foundation set an initial goal of raising $100,000 and by late afternoon the goal had been surpassed and extended to $150,000 from 250 donors in just one day.

The foundation is grateful to the 253 residents and Memorial Health System team members who helped raise $196,029.79, nearly doubling the initial goal, and the support of three local businesses that challenged the community to make a gift on Giving Tuesday.

Morrison Inc. made a matching donation of $25,000.

“We at Morrison are pleased to have served the Mid-Ohio Valley for 60 years,” David Haas, president of Morrison Inc. and chairperson of the Memorial Health Foundation, said. “As a local company, we value our community health care. Memorial Health System has offered world-class health care, right here at home since the 1920s.”

Following Morrison’s match, which was met by noon, Peoples Bank Foundation offered a $15,000 gift if, by midnight, 250 donors had made gifts.

“Peoples Bank is proud to support the healthcare providers of our community. It’s even more rewarding when others join the cause and collectively, we are able to touch more lives in our region through our act of giving,” Chuck Sulerzyski, president and CEO of Peoples Bank, said.

After meeting the $100,000 goal by late afternoon, Pioneer Pipe and the Pioneer Group offered a matching donation of $20,000 if $130,000 was raised by midnight.

The community had the opportunity to support any of 22 patient funds.

Funds include:

∫ Cancer Center Patient Emergency Fund, which provides necessary medication to patients, transportation to appointments, and a free wig when a patient experiences hair loss to maintain the patient’s quality of life and continuity of care.

∫ Pediatric Therapy, which helps children throughout the region develop, improve, or regain communication skills, daily life skills and motor functions.

∫ Diabetes Education, which provides educational support to adults and children living with diabetes through a patient centered program to help them better understand and cope with their disease.

∫ Patient Centered Caring, providing medical necessities to patients in need who are not staying in the hospital, but are being seen in the physician clinics.

The funds that received the greatest support on Giving Tuesday were:

∫ ICU Renovation Project, which will provide the next level of specialized care to our most critically ill patients in a soothing environment. This expansion will increase the ICU from 11 to 20 all-private rooms, plus two semi-private waiting areas for loved ones.

∫ Area of Greatest Need, which allows Memorial Health Foundation to assess and support the patients’ greatest needs as they arise.

Memorial Health Systemis a not-for-profit system led by a volunteer board committed to providing comprehensive care services that meet the needs of our region, close to home.

The network comprises locations and specialties provided by over 3,000 employees, including three hospitals, outpatient service sites, provider clinics and a virtual urgent care app, MemorialCareNow.

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