New wing: Auxiliary donates first major gift of $50,000

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Auxiliary Board members present Chris Sarver, KishHealth Foundation Development Director, with a check for the Heart of the Hospital campaign. Funds will go toward the new patient wing. Board members are (back row, L to R) Melva Sebby, Phyllis Davis, Ellen Faulk, Susan White, Jana Kingston, Sue Husar, Debra Skipper, (front row, L to R) Phyllis Davis, Carol Smiricky, Allison Bryan, Chris Sarver and Lee McKenzie.

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As part of groundbreaking and donor appreciation event at Valley West Community Hospital on Thursday, Sept. 13, KishHealth Foundation board member, Dr. Ann West, a Sandwich obstetrician and gynecologist and Valley West chief of staff, announced the first major gift to the annual Heart of the Hospital campaign: $50,000 from the Valley West Auxiliary.

"I am thrilled to announce that our first major gift is from the Valley West Auxiliary," Dr. West said. "The Auxiliary continues to demonstrate amazing commitment to the hospital, and this is no exception. The check was presented to the Health Foundation at the Board's last meeting."

"We're very excited to be able to do this," said Ellen Faulk, Valley West Auxiliary president. "It is just another example of our dedication and commitment to the facility and to the community."

The Valley West Heart of the Hospital annual giving fund began in 2004. To date, more than $425,000 has been raised to help provide Valley West with new equipment and technology. This year's campaign will be a specifically focused effort to raise money for the new patient wing. The new wing will include an expanded gift shop, which will be named in the Auxiliary's honor.

Donations to Heart of the Hospital have allowed Valley West Community Hospital to keep pace with medical advances. Many projects and pieces of equipment have been funded by the Heart of the Hospital campaign over the last seven years including HUGS, an infant monitoring system in Maternity Suites and new diagnostic ultrasound system in the diagnostic imaging department, primarily used for cardiac imaging and vascular studies.

For more information about Heart of the Hospital or how you can help KishHealthSystem provide quality healthcare in the local community, please contact KishHealthFoundation at 815.748.9954 or visit www.kishhealthfoundation.org.