Wilson Hospital Foundation Board 2014 Progress Report

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 7:00pm

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

“Wilson continually strives to expand the quality healthcare services that are provided and are conveniently located within our community,” said Bonnie Faulkner, executive director of the Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation. “This focused effort by our hospital is supported by the Foundation’s efforts to build strong philanthropic partnerships with individuals and area businesses. These relationships help to meet today’s needs as well as those of the future.”

"Progress and change in the field of healthcare seems to take place almost overnight. As they occur, people want to be assured that their hospital has the up-to-date technology and innovations their family may need. Gifts to the Foundation help to ensure that Wilson Memorial keeps pace with these changes that impact the health and touch the lives of residents throughout Shelby County and beyond," stated Faulkner.

The Wilson Foundation has received consistent and exceptionally generous support this year which assisted us in achieving revenues of $484,000.   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 $90,000 in 2013.  “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

One new trustee, Phyllis Seving, a member of the Wilson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, was elected to the Foundation Board for a three-year term of office. Mike Dodds served as the chair, along with other officers: Tonya Thieman, vice chair/chair-elect; Dave Wolters, secretary/treasurer; Ken Monnier, Immediate Past Chair; 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 67 members to date.

Donor Support Appreciated

The efforts of committee members Dale Peterson, Tracy Vondenhuevel, and John Wolfinger netted over $45,200 for Wilson’s annual golf outing. The annual charity ball resulted in a net revenue of nearly $35,500 thanks to committee members Scarlet Francis, Amy Gleason, Rhonda Keister, Melissa McDonald, Beth Roe, Linda Stewart, and Kiera Sullivan.

Hospice donations totaled $106,000 including $26,915 from the Caring at Christmas organization as well as $5,100 from Light Up a Life and $9,552 in proceeds from the Newport Sportsmen Club’s spaghetti dinner.

Grants totaling $9,000 were received from the Monarch Legacy Fund and St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church for transport monitors and newborn hearing screening equipment.

Gifts specifically restricted by the donor were over $85,000 and were received from the Betty Z. Bennett Fund, Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc., and the Wilson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary among others.

Angel Fund Established

The Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation established a new fund which 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 over $41,000 including donations from The John & Jeanette Sargeant Family Foundation, the Turkeyfoot Benefit Crew, 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 2013 at no charge to members of our community. Speakers included local attorney Ralph Keister who is with Faulkner, Garmhausen, Keister & Shenk and Chris Bruynis, OSU Extension – Ross County, Educator & County Director.

Keister’s presentation provided information on basic estate planning, why one needs to have a will and recent changes in the law. Bruynis directed his presentation toward the agricultural community and, in particular, presenting a model for whole farm planning that included transition and estate planning.

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

Foundation Goals for 2014

“Wilson 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. “This does not mean that we bask in the glow of these achievements, but rather view our successes as incentive and inspiration to continually improve Wilson Memorial Hospital. The strong, unwavering support of our donors reflects their trust in Wilson’s ability to provide top-notch care for them and for their families,” Faulkner explained.

Throughout its history, Wilson Memorial has received strong support from the community – support that has been instrumental in the hospital’s continued success. The goals for 2014 for the Wilson 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.”