FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2010
Contact: Darcy Hepner, HHH Foundation Manager
When it comes to health issues, women make the majority of health care decisions in a family. An event was held April 8 and 9 at the First Lutheran Church to present the plans for the Hammond-Henry Hospital expansion and renovation project. A focus of this project is to bring excellence in women’s health services to Hammond-Henry.
The events held on April 8 and 9 were put together by the women’s capital campaign committee, chaired by Carolyn Stenzel. Committee members included: Kris Atwell, Alice Barman, Cathe Browne, Greta Nordstrom, Jan Sellman, Kay Sieben, Janet VanDerSchaaf, Mary Ann Vandersnick and Robin VanMeenen.
Robin VanMeenen, surgical services manager and emcee for the event, outlined current hospital services and how this will be improving and changing. Rebecca Mahon, architect with Shive-Hattery in Moline, the architect and engineering firm that is designing the hospital project, presented updated plans. She also highlighted areas that will be dedicated to a women’s health corridor. VP of patient care services Laura Domino spoke about “Women’s Services Without Walls”, as these services are provided in all areas of the hospital, not just one location. Julie Theill, VP of Operations shared with us the vision for the rehabilitation services including more space and an aquatic hydrotherapy pool. Darcy Hepner, Foundation manager gave an overview of the capital campaign with the goal of $1.5M, with an update on the internal and community support .
A testimonial was given by Katie Andrios about the impact that Hammond-Henry Hospital has made on the four generations of her family. Judy DeBoever also talked about her recent encounter with breast cancer, and what wonderful surgery staff we have at the hospital. Judy is glad we have recently added the Sentinel Node Probe procedure, which is utilized in the diagnosis of metastatic disease of the lymph nodes in breast cancer and skin cancer/melanoma.
In closing, Robin VanMeenen explained the goal of this group is to have 100 women pledging $1,000 toward the campaign to raise $100,000. Robin challenged women to consider a $1,000 pledge which can be completed over a five-year period which breaks down to $200 per year or only .55 cents per day. Women pledging $1,000 or more will be recognized on a special plaque in the women’s imaging area. To contribute to the women’s campaign project, contact Darcy Hepner at 944-9106.
“We’re well on our way to meeting that goal with 61 pledges and $64,000 collected to date,” said Darcy Hepner, HHH Foundation manager. “This was a wonderful event that really touched many of the attendees.”
Left to right: Robin VanMeenen - Surgical Services Manager, Judy DeBoever,
Darcy Hepner - Foundation Manager
Womens Campaign Committee
Front: Sue Garlick - Foundation asst., Janet VanDerSchaaf, Darcy Hepner - Foundation manager
Back: Kris Atwell, Kay Sieben, Jan Sellman and Greta Nordstrom.
Missing from photo – Carolyn Stenzel, chr., Alice Barman, Cathe Browne,Mary Ann Vandersnick, Robin VanMeenen.
To learn more about the Designed to be Patient Kind project and its capital campaign, call (309) 944-9106.