By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
More than 120 people attended the Chase County Hospital Foundation’s dessert theater Saturday night at the Chase County Schools auditorium and commons area.
The event was designed to show appreciation to foundation donors and raise awareness of the work the foundation does in support of health care in Chase County.
Randy Vlasin, executive director of the foundation, said he was really pleased with the attendance at the event.
Donors to the foundation received tickets to the event and tickets were also sold at the door.
The evening began with a dessert bar featuring a wide selection of goodies, along with hors d’oeuvres.
The main event of the evening was a musical review of classic songs featured in the musicals performed over the years by the Imperial Community Players.
Performers included Jeremy Vlasin, Christy Boggs, Tonya Bush, Ron Moritz, Father Bernard Lorenz and Jill Bauerle, all of Imperial; Doug Ohlson of McCook and accompanist Dr. J. Gordon Christian of Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Vlasin said the performers had such a good time, they already have ideas for a theme for another event next year.
Vlasin said that since November, 2008, the assets of the foundation have grown more than $40,000 to a total of $143,113.
In addition, the foundation donated another $18,000 to help pay for new equipment at the hospital and clinics.
Contributions this past year included $5,000 for digital mammography machine, which is the only fully digital machine within 100 miles;
$1,000 for a pediatric crash cart at the hospital; $1,000 for new style transport chair at the Imperial Clinic; $1,000 for scales and heart defibrillator at the Wauneta Clinic; and $10,000 to match a grant from the Heurman Foundation for a new infant warmer and bili blanket for jaundice babies.
Another step taken by the board this past year was to establish an endowment fund.
They deposited $10,000 into the fund, which is managed by the Nebraska Community Foundation. Only interest from the fund will be spent with a goal of establishing a $1 million endowment over time.
In addition to the equipment purchases, Vlasin said the foundation has supported a number of other programs such as training for the car seat safety program, therapy painting for cancer patients, reimbursement of medical staff education expenses, various remodeling projects, security systems etc.
The foundation is also involved in providing a new training program to the hospital. The objective of this program is to improve communication, strengthen teamwork and improve customer service.
The hospital board is exploring a renovation project that will improve hospital rooms, the emergency room and add a private chapel area to the hospital. The foundation will be there to help support this work, as well, Vlasin said.
He noted none of this would be possible without the generosity of donors who also want to make an impact on health care in Chase County.