Friday, August 27, 2010

York Hospital’s “Family” Donation More Than Matches $1 Million Gift

With 100% participation from the Board of Trustees and Hospital Leadership, as well as significant contributions from the medical staff, employees and volunteers, Jud Knox, President, announced that the York Hospital “family” has donated just over $1.2 million to the Hospital’s For Every Patient Campaign to raise $7 million for various hospital projects and services.
Mr. Knox commended “the Hospital family’s enormous generosity.” He added, “This is a testament to how caring the folks are at York Hospital. They are dedicated to taking care of our patients and our patients’ families and they understand how vital this campaign is to York Hospital and the community.”
In fact, the York Hospital’s “family” donation was inspired by a generous $1 million gift made by the Peterson Family of York Harbor. “We are thrilled that our family gift has helped motivate others to also give to this important campaign,” said Carolyn Peterson, ambassador of the “For Every Patient” campaign.
Additional donations, including a $250,000 grant from the Baldwin Foundation and a $100,000 grant from Kennebunk Savings Bank, along with gifts from many individuals and area businesses, have brought the campaign total to $4 million raised thus far.
“To date, donations have helped immensely,” said Lorraine Boston, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “The hospital has been able to convert many of the patient rooms on the Strater Wing from semi-private to private rooms, has completed a new, dedicated helipad for emergent transport needs, and has opened Phase I of the Surgery Center Expansion, but there is more to do.”
Fundraising will continue as the capital project moves forward to Phase II: which includes the opening of two new Operating Room Suites and the completion of the Surgery Center Addition; the addition of Breast MRI services to the diagnostic capabilities available in York Hospital’s Breast Care Center, and the renovation of the Hospital’s Biewend Wing to convert inpatient semi-private rooms to private rooms.
Dr. Thomas Albright, chairman of the medical staff campaign, said, “The generous donations of the medical staff validates the importance of providing patients and the community with modern, private hospital rooms and up-to-date surgical care facilities.” He added, “These improvements will position the Hospital well to respond to the changes that are coming in the delivery of medical care.”
Crystal Butler, chairman of the employee campaign, said she has been impressed by the across-the-board support from housekeepers to nurses to the administrative staff. “It’s not even about the amount; it’s about working as a family. People just feel like they’ve been touched by the Hospital in some way and this is a way to give back,” she said. Many donations also have been made in memory of others. For instance, more than $15,000 has been donated in memory of long-time Hospital employee Bob Masi, who died of cancer in 2004. Those who donate will be honored on a donor wall or with a naming opportunity.
Roberta Sullivan, chair of the volunteer campaign, also commended those who not only volunteer their time but have made contributions to the campaign, noting, “Our volunteers are wonderful people. We are so fortunate to have them at York Hospital because they truly make a difference.”
To learn more about how you can make a difference by supporting the For Every Patient Campaign, contact Susan McDonough, Lead of Development, at 207-351-3522 or at