Memorial funds provide for needs at hospital, clinic
Memorial funds given to the Chase County Hospital Foundation can play an important role in the local healthcare system. Memorials are used to support various needs at the hospital and clinic. Two recent examples are funds received in memory of Margaret Uden and Gerald Strand.
Funds from the Uden memorial were used to purchase new furniture for the family room. The family room is connected to another patient room and is often used for long term patients or maternity patients. It provides a space for extra family or friends during an individual’s stay.
Furniture that was previously in the family room was becoming worn and in need of replacement, said Randy Vlasin, Hospital Foundation executive director.
A new love seat/sleeper combination was purchased along with a new recliner. The love seat/sleeper allows a family member to have a bed to sleep in when visiting a patient and the recliner provides a comfortable place to rest during extended patient stays.
“Mom was extremely grateful for the wonderful care she always received,” said Amy Prior, her daughter. “She was such an advocate for healthcare and believed in the care of both the patient and their families. She would be smiling knowing she made a difference.”
Some funds remain from the Uden memorial and will be used to further enhance the family room, Vlasin said.
Strand memorial funds were used to purchase a new flat screen TV for the Cardiac Rehab and Physical Therapy Departments. Patients who are receiving exercise therapy are able to watch television while they work out. The previous TV was small and hard to see.
“Gerald would have really enjoyed this new addition to cardiac rehab,” said Ann Strand. “He would have thought this TV was great.”
There are also a new set of patient chairs on the way for cardiac rehab and physical therapy thanks to the Strand memorial funds and the Employee Giving program. This is an example where memorial funds can be matched with other funds the Foundation receives to provide needed support.
Many of the CCCH employees give monthly to the Employee Giving Fund in order to provide for local healthcare needs.
“We were a little short of paying for the new chairs with the remaining Strand memorial and the employee giving group came up with the balance,” according to Vlasin.
When memorial funds are received they may have specific designations. A family may choose a specific area for the funds to be applied to such as surgery, newborn care, cardiac care, etc. Other memorials are given in “general support.”
“When a family names the Foundation as a recipient of memorials, we like to involve them in how the funds are used. We have some guidelines that must be followed but generally we have flexibility in how we use the funds. We are very grateful to the Strand and Uden families for these gifts as well as all those who have selected the Foundation to receive memorials,” said Vlasin.
For more information on how to support the work of the Chase County Hospital Foundation, contact Vlasin at 308-882-7379 or email