Wilson Health Foundation Board 2015 Progress Report

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 2:30pm

As Wilson Memorial Hospital and the Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation look forward to a new year, the Foundation Board of Trustees and staff gratefully acknowledge all who have donated resources over the years to develop facilities and services to meet the healthcare needs of the community.

“Since 1930, the Hospital has continued to expand the quality healthcare services that are provided.  Now, with the addition of the Thomas Boecker Professional Building, many Wilson Care physicians and providers will be located on the Hospital campus making it even more convenient for our patients,” said Bonnie Faulkner, executive director of the Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation. 

"In the healthcare field, progress and change seems to take place almost overnight bringing many opportunities and challenges.  The challenges come in the form of ever-changing technology and innovations and the cost to bring these to Wilson.  The opportunities that these challenges offer allow our staff to provide even better care to our patients close to home. In addition, the Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation’s efforts to build strong philanthropic partnerships with individuals and area businesses will provide the finances to ensure that Wilson has the up-to-date technology necessary to meet today’s needs as well as those of the future," stated Faulkner.

The Wilson Foundation has received consistent and exceptionally generous support this year which assisted us in achieving revenues of $402,290.   Faulkner said, “The outstanding result of the Foundation’s 1930 Club annual giving program alone is testimony to the goodwill and concern of the people of Shelby County and resulted in nearly $63,290 in 2014.  “People want to give, and prefer to support local charities closer to home where they can see the benefits that their hard-earned dollars bring to them and their families,” Faulkner stated.

Partnerships Established for the Hospital’s Future

Four new trustees, Tony Arnold, Joe Lachey, Mike Lochard and Chad Sollmann were elected to the Foundation Board for a three-year term of office.  Officers include Tonya Thieman who serves as the chair, along with other officers: Vance Stewart, vice chair/chair-elect; Mick Given, secretary/treasurer; and Faulkner who continues as executive director.

Planned giving remains a focus of the Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation.  The Wilson Society, established to honor those who include the hospital in their estate plans, continues to grow, with 71 members to date.

Donor Support Appreciated

The efforts of committee members John Wolfinger and Marla Flinn along with Wilson Foundation staff netted over $44,400 for Wilson’s annual golf outing.  The annual charity ball resulted in a net revenue of nearly $42,219 thanks to committee members Scarlet Francis, Melissa McDonald, Beth Roe, Jackie Simpson, Linda Stewart, and Kiera Sullivan.

Hospice donations totaled $70,900 including $24,656 from the Caring at Christmas organization as well as $5,375 from Light Up a Life

Grants totaling $6,200 were received from the Monarch Legacy Fund of the Community Foundation.  Gifts specifically restricted by the donor, very nearly $103,000, were received from the Betty Z. Bennett Fund, Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc., and the Wilson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary among others.

Angel Fund

The Wilson Health Foundation’s Angel Fund enables the Hospital to assist Wilson Hospice patients and their caregivers with an immediate need and is specifically intended to improve the quality of life for patients who are living with life-limiting illness.  Donations to the Angel Fund totaled nearly $14,300 including donations from the Newport Sportsmen Club, Catholic War Veterans, 47 Bar & Grill Poker Run, and the Scott Arnold Memorial Golf Scramble among others.

Education for our Community

Two estate planning seminars were offered in 2015 at no charge to members of our community.  Speakers included local attorney Ralph Keister with Faulkner, Garmhausen, Keister & Shenk and Judge William Zimmerman.  Keister’s presentation provided information on basic estate planning, why one needs to have a will.  Judge Zimmerman discussed the impact on an individual’s estate in the absence of a will.

The second seminar addressed the importance of a guaranteed income in retirement and creating a lifelong income stream.  Presenters were Bruce Dickman and Timothy R. Ippisch, CFP who are both with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.

These seminars were a collaborative effort sponsored by the Community Foundation, Dorothy Love Retirement Community, YMCA Foundation, Lehman Foundation, and the Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Foundation Goals for 2016

 “Wilson Health was very pleased and proud to celebrate eighty-five years of service to the Sidney and Shelby County community in 2015.  “This does not mean that we rest on our laurels, but rather view our successes as incentive and inspiration to continually improve Wilson Health.  Strong, unwavering support from donors reflects their trust in Wilson’s ability to provide top-notch care for them and for their families,” Faulkner explained.   

The Hospital has made many additions and improvements to our service lines as well as recruiting new physicians and specialists to provide even better care for our patients,” said Faulkner.

A new building on campus is expected to be completed in 2016.  This building will be occupied by several of the physicians who are part of the Wilson Health Medical Group.  Locating these physicians in an on-campus building will be a significant convenience for Wilson’s patients. 

Wilson Health has received strong support from the community – support that has been instrumental in the hospital’s continued success.  The goals for 2016 for the Wilson Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees will follow along the same path as those who came before them and who served the hospital since inception in 1930.   Faulkner continued, “Healthcare is a vital part of the community and is a basic need that is often take for granted.  Life’s experiences have taught us the exact opposite – quality healthcare is of the utmost importance to each and every one of us.”

A search for a new Executive Director to lead the Wilson Health Foundation is expected to be completed in early 2016.