ELKINS – The Davis Health System Foundation provided a review of how community giving has helped provide the best possible care for medical patients.
In 2021, the Davis Health System Foundation received more than half a million dollars — $551,290 — in total donations, a DHS news release said Friday.
Donations were received from 519 donors – a 2% increase from 2020 which included 190 new donors.
“Our mission is to advance health care by giving, and I think everyone has understood that for hospitals – especially small rural hospitals – the margin is not there to provide all the facilities, equipment and programs you want to provide to your community, programs they expect and need,” Mike Bell, executive director of the DHS Foundation, said.
Community donations led to the Foundation acquiring a General Electric 1.5T 8-channel brain coil for the DMC radiology department, which saves patients the need to travel for some MRI services .
“During the first week of installation, we performed scans on three patients who, due to their physical condition, would have had to travel elsewhere for their examination. We are now able to prevent these patients from leaving Davis Medical Center and traveling for their MRIs,” said Joseph Dibacco, director of radiology at the DMC.
Contributions to that initiative came via #Giving Tuesday and a special year-end gift from Mike Ross, officials said.
Another community-supported Foundation project was to purchase new equipment to administer hearing tests to infants at birth.
“We try to do hearing screenings for infants right after birth because if hearing loss or deafness is diagnosed within three months, they can get the intervention or treatment needed so they can follow through and be prepared. for school”, Bell said. “We were able to reach out to donors in the middle of the year and say, ‘That’s a goal we have.
“We often identify opportunities that make a difference, and then we turn to the community and ask, ‘Do you want to join us? » Would you like to join us in this area? »
The LIVEWELL program is a third initiative of the Foundation which offers special care kits for patients diagnosed with cancer. The kits include items such as hats, sunscreen, and men’s razors, as well as lotion, makeup, and other items. Twenty-three kits were distributed in January and February alone. The LIVEWELL program is sponsored in part by Partner in Caring Mountain Valley Bank.
In addition, the DMC Cancer Patient Assistance Fund provided financial assistance to local cancer patients through 23 free mammograms, including a 3D mammogram; free accommodation at The Davis House, a DMC facility that offers a “home away from home” family members of cancer patients when travel is unavoidable; and transportation assistance, medication, dental services, and medical supplies or equipment for 316 patients.
Contributions to the DHS Foundation have also helped hospitals in neighboring counties in a variety of ways, the statement said. The Webster Memorial Hospital Fund provided a matching grant of $20,000 to the Webster Memorial EMS which, along with community contributions of $11,829, helped purchase a new ambulance and lifesaving equipment. Similarly, the Broaddus Hospital (BH) fund provided a grant of $10,000 for the purchase of a new bariatric stretcher and mattress for the BH emergency department.
“All of our support goes out to Davis Medical Center, Broaddus Hospital, Webster Memorial Hospital and their patients,” Bell said. “I think people respond so generously because their gift stays close to home. We are very localized and people will give if they see the difference it makes for people here at home.
The Foundation’s website – www.dhsfoundation.org – provides more information about the organization’s work, as well as a “Your gifts at work” tab, which provides donors with a first-hand view of how contributions are used.
“We are very excited to reconnect with our community. A few years of virtual or small gatherings have us excited to plan to be with our community more this year,” Bell said. “Our next big fundraising event is our Kentucky Derby Gala Event on May 7 at the Phil Gainer Community Center.
“It’s a fundraising event, but it still feels like a homecoming party because most people support us throughout the year. It’s a good opportunity to socialize and celebrate what we are able to do as a community.
Tickets for future DHS Foundation events can be purchased by calling 304-630-3043 or visiting www.dhsfoundation.org.