Employees’ Donations Provide Equipment, Scholarships

187809694The tally is in.

Memorial Hospital employees donated $103,757 during the recent Employee Giving Campaign. That money will be used to purchase equipment for patient care, fund scholarships for nurses and replenish the Employee Assistance Fund.

“I was very humbled and impressed by how employees stepped up and supported this campaign and how much their money is going to benefit our patients and staff,’’ said Marilyn Sullivan, annual fund specialist for the Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Sullivan said 537 employees, or 15.4 percent of employees at Memorial, helped the Foundation exceed its goal for the “People Make It Possible’’ campaign. The number of donors increased from 14.6 percent during the 2013 campaign. This year, employees donated a record 1,715 hours of Paid Time Off. The average contribution was $194.

Fifty ambassadors encouraged employees to donate during the campaign, which ran Oct. 31 to Nov. 28. Employees had the opportunity to select how their funds were used. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Area of Greatest Need received $56,344 to fund equipment not provided for in the current budget. In recent months, monies from the 2013 campaign helped the hospital to purchase a stress treadmill, blood pressure monitors and white boards for patient rooms.
  • The Employee Assistance Fund received $35,621 to help employees in crisis situations. This fund helps provide financial assistance to employees who experience injury or illness of a family member or other personal crises.
  • The Nursing Scholarship Fund received $11,792 to help nurses pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The Institute of Medicine has recommended that 80 percent of nurses working in hospitals have a BSN by the year 2020. In recent months, the number of nurses at Memorial with BSNs has been about 60 percent.

Sullivan said there are no plans yet for how to spend the Area of Greatest Need funds. Departments that have a need for funds must submit an ECCR form that will be approved by the Senior Management Group, which would then request money from the Foundation.

Sullivan said that employees appreciated the three events that promoted the campaign — Popcorn and Prizes, cookie deliveries and Cocoa with the Conservatory.

“We would like to say thanks to employees who donated to the campaign. These contributions will make a positive difference in many lives,’’ Sullivan said.

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