Thomas Health Foundation 2021 Annual Reportthomashealth20202022-01-11T16:15:13-05:00
Year in Review 2021
WHO WE ARE
Philanthropy to support compassionate and exceptional healthcare in our community.
The Thomas Health Foundation, through excellence in philanthropy practices and cultivating giving relationships, provides valued resources that support Thomas Health’s mission to deliver compassionate and exceptional healthcare to improve the well-being of the communities it serves.
The Foundation was established in 1989 to support hospitals, past and present, that have served the community for over 170 years. We pride ourselves on ensuring all donations are stewarded directly toward the greatest needs of the hospitals and the patients we serve.
The vision of the Thomas Health Foundation is to inspire generous giving to benefit and advance the well-being of communities that Thomas Health serves. As a non-profit, we collaborate with individuals and organizations who share our vision, mission and philanthropic efforts. The Foundation is guided by a volunteer-based Board of Directors comprised of outstanding community leaders.
On a yearly basis, our most common contributions include providing free flu shots, offering emergency relief funding for employees, helping meet patients’ needs, awarding grants to hospital departments, supporting employees with scholarships, and raising funds for hospital needs. If there is a specific donation request or a need you feel passionate about, please contact our office. We are always willing to listen and work with you to meet your philanthropic goals or needs.
WHAT WE DO TOGETHER
Help to Meet Patients’ Needs
Award Grants to Hospital Departments
Raise Funds for Hospital Needs
Provide Nursing Scholarships
Support Employees with Continuing Education
Offer Emergency Relief Funding for Employees
“The Foundation has afforded patients luxuries while they go through the fight of, and for, their life. We, the Cancer Center, cannot thank them enough for allowing us to honor our patients with the best – the best care, the best place, and the best hospital. We will forever be grateful.”
Erin Jackson, RN, Director of Oncology Services, Thomas Health
LETTER FROM THE LEADERSHIP
Dear Friend of the Foundation,
Thanks to your support, the Thomas Health Foundation has continued to fulfill our mission, as well as provide our patients and healthcare workers with a sense of hope and joy throughout another challenging year. The past 20 months have been unpredictable and unnerving, but your commitment to our mission is very much appreciated and valued.
The wise Helen Keller once stated, “Alone, we can do so little, together, we can do so much.” These powerful words could not be truer as we continue to band together to carry out our mission: to enhance the well-being of the communities we serve through supportive efforts in compassionate and exceptional healthcare. Despite the many challenges we face, we have all worked diligently to continue our mission and with your help, have accomplished and overcome so much.
Thanks to your generosity, our 2021 efforts included the funding and development of a new Cancer Center Healing Garden at Thomas Memorial Hospital; funding for 3-D Mammography and a new advanced ultrasound system for Thomas Health; the 27th Annual Golf Tournament, which raised funds to renovate Thomas Memorial’s Emergency Center reception and waiting areas; purchase of six new sleeper sofas for the Labor and Delivery Unit and an increase in the award level for the Nursing Scholarship Program up to $5,000 per semester in an effort to enhance nurse recruitment efforts.
On behalf of the patients, staff, physicians and Board of Directors of the Thomas Health Foundation, thank you for the impact that you have made in the lives of those in our community. As we look ahead to 2022, we are hopeful that with your support we will continue to make a lasting difference in our community.
Ashley Pack President, Board of Directors
Lisa Lopinsky Executive Director
100 percent of your contributions go toward supporting the Thomas Health Foundation’s programs and services. We are proud to say that no donor funds are used to pay the Foundation’s administrative costs.
HOW OUR DONORS HELP
Before any advancements start in laboratories, surgery centers or treatment trials, it starts with a donor like you. While the Foundation may help facilitate steps for change, it happens solely because of you.
You provide financial assistance to patients and families with medical emergencies. You expand and improve health care services for the broader community. You subsidize specific services critical to the quality of life for patients, especially the young and elderly. You purchase and construct state-of-the-art medical equipment, technology and facilities.
Our donors are a part of something that matters to all of us: the best possible health care for our community. When you donate to the Thomas Health Foundation, you directly impact the lives of your family, friends and next-door neighbors. Your gift, from $1 to $100,000, helps the Foundation provide outstanding healthcare services that our community deserves.
If you’re interested in improving your community, we want to help. The Thomas Health Foundation accepts a variety of giving options to meet our donors where they are most comfortable and when it is most convenient to reach their individual philanthropy goals. Gifts can be made for the Foundation to use today or deferred to generate funds for later use.
“I want to say “Thank you” to the Foundation for choosing me as one of the scholarship candidates. The scholarship has covered a portion of my tuition allowing me to take the steps to better myself for me and my family. I emphasize the importance of education to my girls, and this opportunity has given me the chance to set an example for them without taking on the full burden of educational expenses. I look forward to my advancing my career with Thomas Health!“
Dorethea Taylor-Henshaw, LPN, Nursing Student
SUPPORT THE FOUNDATION
2021 BY THE NUMBERS
Over $1,000,000 given to hospital departments in the last 5 years to further excellence in patient care
Over $60,000 Raised by Employees to Reinvest in the Community
Over $25,000 for Nursing Scholarships
$40,000 in Employee Continuing Education
Over $10,000 for the Employee Emergency Assistance Fund
FOUNDATION DEVELOPS HEALING GARDEN FOR ONCOLOGY PATIENTS
Thanks to generous funding from donors and community members, the Thomas Health Foundation provided funding to build a new Healing Garden for Thomas Health oncology patients.
Oncology patients can now receive their treatment outside in a calm and peaceful garden setting. The area, which is located just outside the Cancer Center on MacCorkle Avenue, features a new stone wall, a wide display of colorful plants and flowers, comfortable outdoor furniture (coming in the Spring) and music to add to the soothing atmosphere. A smooth paver surface allows IV poles to easily be wheeled across the patio to the patients’ area of choice.
“The Healing Garden will allow our patients to incorporate nature into their cancer journey. Fresh air, beautiful surroundings, and a comfortable atmosphere will aid in lowering anxiety while receiving their chemotherapy,” says Erin Jackson, Director of Oncology Services.
No two patients are alike, and neither are their treatment preferences. However, the Foundation’s hope is for this Healing Garden to deliver on the universal desire for comfort and further extend Thomas Health’s incredible mission of compassionate and exceptional healthcare.
Jackson continued, “The utilization of the Healing Garden will benefit cancer patients for years to come. We are so grateful to the Thomas Health Foundation and all of those that supported this special project. You will never fully understand the difference you have made.”
This project could not have been made possible without the kindness and generosity of funding from not only the Foundation, but also the Thomas Health Employee Giving Club, the Thomas Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Dow, and Rumble for a Cure. In-kind support was received from the Employees of Electronic Specialty and Snodgrass Funeral Home.
We would like to extend a great deal of gratitude for the work that the Thomas Health Cancer Center (THCC) team performs day in and day out.
Through funding from the Thomas Health Foundation, the Thomas Health Cancer Center treatment area was renovated and refurbished to offer, not only a comfortable space but one where patients have the choice of social setting for their treatment.
Expansions in the space allowed new exam rooms to be built that can serve as private chemo rooms.
The new rooms are freshly painted and include new pieces of artwork, curtains and flooring to make the space as relaxing as possible.
The Thomas Health Foundation, in partnership with Thomas Health, increased the available scholarship dollars for the Nursing Scholarship Program. Students may now request up to $5,000 per semester.
The increase serves as a recruitment tool to help grow the number of practicing bedside nurses at Thomas Health. The Nursing Scholarship Program serves up to 10 students annually who are in entry-level collegiate nursing programs.
The Thomas Health Foundation was honored to present a check for $150,000 to Thomas Health for 3-D Mammography at a West Virginia Power game. The donation allowed Thomas Health to begin offering 3-D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) for patients.
Patients of Thomas Health Diagnostic Center in Springhill now have access to advanced ultrasound exams with Canon Medical Systems’ new AplioTM i700 system, thanks to the support of the Thomas Health Foundation and its generous donors. The Aplio i700 delivers outstanding imaging that allows physicians to see more and make confident diagnoses while also offering patients quick, safe, and minimally invasive exams.
Parents of three children who were all born at Thomas Health wanted to find a way to say thank you for the wonderful care their family received. These Grateful Patients provided a generous donation that helped purchase, alongside a matching grant from the Thomas Health Foundation, 6 new loveseat sleepers for the Thomas Health Labor and Delivery Unit.
2021 FUNDRAISING EVENTS
27th Annual Golf Tournament | September 20, 2021
Our 27th Annual Golf Tournament was held on September 20, 2021, at Berry Hills Country Club. A special thank you to the almost 200 players who participated in the outing, our sponsors, including our Signature Sponsor, Pepsi, our Foundation Board and Thomas Health staff volunteers. Proceeds from this year’s golf tournament will focus on providing much-needed comfort to loved ones of patients with a renovation of our Emergency Center reception and waiting areas. Thank you again to everyone who made this a successful tournament, and we look forward to hitting the links in September 2022.
Bourbon Night with the Foundation | June 23, 2021
“Bourbon Night with the Foundation” was held on June 23, 2021 at JQ Dickinson Salt-Works. Thank you to 1010 Bridge Restaurant & Catering, The Band Wagon, J.Q Dickinson Salt Works, the Bourbon Doctor and the close to 200 attendees for helping us make this event a success, and for supporting the Foundation!
Employee Bingo Nights | December 9, 2021, August 12, 2021, June 3, 2021
The Foundation began hosting Employee Bingo Nights in 2021 as a fundraiser for the Employee Giving Fund. Each Employee Bingo Night brings around 100 Bingo enthusiasts. The Foundation had a special addition to Holiday Bingo Night: A Food Drive for Cote’s Cupboard, Thomas Health’s food pantry. Participants were asked to bring any food item on the Cote’s Cupboard wish list and were entered to win a $50 VISA gift card.
Fall Craft Fair - Thomas Health Employee Artisan Showcase | October 15, 2021
The Foundation hosted the first Fall Craft Fair- Thomas Health Employee Artisan Showcase on October 15 on the Thomas Hospital Pavilion Lawn. The event allowed Thomas Health Employee vendors to sell unique, handcrafted goods. The event was free and open to the public and employees. Raffle items from each employee vendor were donated and proceeds from the raffle benefited the Employee Giving Fund. Thanks to all Thomas Health employee vendors, and our employees and public visitors for a great event.
“This year has bought new challenges unlike any other we have experienced in health care. As social workers, our role is to assist with discharge planning for our patients. Issues such as homelessness, an elderly person having to decide to purchase their medications or food, and the opioid epidemic are issues that impact healthcare and are also prevalent in our community. The GAP Fund, which is funded by the Thomas Health Foundation, allows us to help our patients by providing medications and food to those needing assistance at discharge. This year, the GAP Fund has assisted in helping over 300 patients with over one thousand prescriptions. We thank you for your support of our department but more importantly helping to ensure our patients are receiving what they need when they are discharged from our facility.”
Susan Miller, BSW, LSW, Social Services Manager, Thomas Health
Thanks to our generous donors, we look forward to continuing to provide funding support to Thomas Health toward the greatest needs of the hospitals and the patients.
BE A PART OF THE MISSION
To learn more about the Foundation, fundraising events, volunteer opportunities, or to honor the dedicated caregivers who made a difference to you or your loved one or to discuss a planned gift, contact the Foundation at 304-766-4340 or email@example.com.