For the past 25 years, caring donors in communities served by Golden Valley Memorial Hospital have contributed more than $1 million to the GVMH Foundation to help patients and provide the latest in technology and equipment.
“What began as a simple meeting to discuss how best to support quality healthcare at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital has blossomed into an organization dedicated to making a difference for patients one life at a time,” said Deanna Hendrich, Foundation Director.
Incorporated as a nonprofit organization on February 14, 1989, the Foundation quickly began to receive support from donors and made its first grant – funds to purchase an ultrasound machine for home health patients receiving physical therapy – a year later.
Hendrich noted that many grants have followed through the years, including:
- $50,000 to help establish the outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program at the hospital in 1997 plus additional funds to update equipment used by patients;
- Numerous grants to area school districts to help purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDS) and other equipment to promote health and safety;
- More than $100,000 raised through the annual Diabetes Walk, held every year since 2005, to help patients coping with the disease;
- $400,000 pledged to support a cooperative project with LifeFlight Eagle to build a helicopter hangar, offices and helipad on the GVMH campus in 2007;
- Nearly $200,000 raised through a fall gala to improve testing and meet the needs of newborns, heart and cancer patients.
The grants were made possible because of the generosity of individuals, organizations and businesses in the communities served by GVMH, Hendrich said.
“We are grateful for all our donors,” Hendrich said. “Their continued generosity and commitment to providing quality healthcare create momentum that carries us forward.”
Memorials, annual gifts, event sponsorships, pledges and estate gifts each serve a purpose, Hendrich said.
“Every dollar matters,” she said. “Planned giving can have a significant impact, but no gift is too small. We started cardiac rehab with the help of an estate gift, and so many patients have benefited from that program. Yet the money donated by someone who participates in the Diabetes Walk is just as important when a patient needs to pay for a prescription or supplies.”
Donations to the Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, are tax-deductible, Hendrich said, and can be made any time, whether in person, through the mail or online. Gifts can go to support a particular program or where most needed. For more information, call the Foundation office at 660-890-7108, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org r visit the Foundation’s pages at gvmh.org.