The Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation dished up an early Thanksgiving treat to representatives of the hospital departments being awarded funding next year — a real slice of pie.
The primary purpose of the first-ever “Come Get Your Slice of the Pie” celebration was to review the process of accessing grants from the Foundation and to ask recipients for their help in documenting the ways the money will be used to better care for patients.
“What they shared was truly heart-warming” said BMH Foundation Executive Director Alice Moss. “There was a compelling need behind each request, and it was wonderful to hear first-hand what a difference these Foundation grants would make in patient care”
For Fiscal Year 2015, which began October 1, the Foundation Board has already committed to give $537,252 to the hospital for a variety of projects and programs, big and small, including:
• A Dilon 6800 Gamma Camera that will be used to perform molecular breast imaging. Nuclear medicine can help doctors detect breast cancer at its earliest and most treatable stages.
• Bridge to Home program COPD kits, containing all of the supplies discharged patients will need to help them maintain their health at home
• A blanket warmer for the Emergency Department
• Continuing education software for pediatric nurses, helping to ensure that everyone is up-to-date
• A longed-for replacement “bubble tube” for HealthLink for Children. This floor-to-ceiling interactive sensory device is both calming to children with sensory disorders and a prime motivator for other children receiving care.
The celebration was capped with a decadent display of pies — apple, cherry, pecan, banana cream, and of course, pumpkin, all created by the hospital’s Executive Chef Eric Sayers and his staff.
Everyone left with a boxed up slice of pie and an appreciation for all the foundation does for the hospital and the community.
As a not-for-profit hospital, any net revenue Beaufort Memorial generates is reinvested in the hospital to help ensure that BMH is providing the very best patient care with the most advanced technology. But with over $20 million spent each year on charity and indigent care, patient revenue alone can’t provide everything that Beaufort Memorial needs to stay cutting-edge in equipment and training.
That’s where the BMH Foundation comes into play. The foundation oversees the management of charitable funds to benefit the not-for-profit hospital. Thanks to gifts of all sizes from the community, the BMH Foundation has been able to support important programs and services and purchase valuable equipment.
“The hospital couldn’t do all that it does without funds from the foundation,” said Rick Toomey, BMH’s President and CEO.
For more information, visit www.bmhfoundationsc.org.