The exercise equipment in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital gets a lot of use. In the 23 years since the inception of the program, 1,750 patients who have experienced heart-related medical problems have participated in the program.
When the NuStep, a piece of exercise equipment in the Cardiac Rehab center was no longer useable, a replacement equipment request was submitted as part of Finger Lakes Health’s capital budget process. Program staff and participants, and one participant in particular, decided to help raise the funds to purchase a new one. The NuStep, a recumbent, cross-trainer machine, is a favorite piece of equipment for patients. So, Pat Selwood championed the idea of rallying the patients to donate funds to purchase a new NuStep. She suggested everyone give up a cup of coffee and put the price of that coffee in a donation jar. It worked — more than $2,100 was donated to the cause.
Pat introduced the idea at a dinner for Cardiac Rehab patients and their guests in October. The dinner was held at the Penn Yan Moose Lodge. And, the Moose Club thought it was a great idea too, and generously donated $900, proceeds from the dinner to support the project.
Additionally, the Yates TB & Health Association donated $1,000 to the project; the Once Again Shoppe, a program of the Penn Yan Area Council of Churches, decided to jump on board, and donated $2,000 to help the fund-raising effort along, and gifts given by community members in memory of past Cardiac Rehab patients, supported the fund as well.
All in all the contributions totaled more than the $7,800 needed to purchase the NuStep, so this fundraising effort will also support the purchase of other much-needed cardiac rehab equipment the need arises.
“This incredible success is due to the vision and commitment of the staff and patients to this project. This is the best type of fundraising when a need is identified and the people closest to it can help communicate the importance of the project and themselves take such an active part. We are truly grateful for the patients, community organizations, and staff who worked so hard to achieve this wonderful result, which will benefit thousands of patients in our community,” noted Lara Chatel Turbide, executive director, Finger Lakes Health Foundation and vice president, Community Services, Finger Lakes Health.
Foundation Encourages Year-End Gifts:
During this season of thankfulness and giving, Finger Lakes Health Foundation invites support for quality healthcare close to home.
The Foundation has three funds that donors can contribute to: the Finger Lakes Health Annual Fund, which supports the area of greatest need across the health system; the Geneva General Hospital Annual Fund, which supports enhanced access to healthcare services in Geneva and surrounding communities; and the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital Annual Fund, to support enhanced access to healthcare services in Yates County.
“All gifts matter,” noted Lara Chatel Turbide, executive director, Finger Lakes Health Foundation and vice president, Community Services, Finger Lakes Health. “We encourage you to think about healthcare in your giving priorities and to make a gift at any level that is meaningful to you. Some grateful patients and families made donations in honor of the care they received, or as a way to recognize a special provider. Some have elected to choose Finger Lakes Health Foundation as a place for memorial donations to honor and remember a loved one. And many donate to assure future access to quality healthcare services in their local communities.”
To make a contribution to one of the campaigns, send a check, payable to the Finger Lakes Health Foundation, to the Foundation Office, 196 North Street, Geneva, NY, 14456. Note the fund or project being supported on check. Or, visit our website at www.flhealth.org and click on “Make a Donation”. Please direct questions to Lisa Ventura, director of Major and Annual Gifts for the Foundation: 315-787-4050.