By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
More than 60 people attended the Chase County Hospital Foundation’s donor appreciation event Saturday night in Imperial.
Hospital Administrator Steve Lewis expressed appreciation to the crowd for their support of the foundation’s efforts.
In the past five years, the foundation has brought in more than $693,000 to support the hospital and clinics through grants and private donations.
Of that amount, more than $225,000 has come from private donations, with the balance coming from grants.
“Without those private donations, we could not accomplish what we do,” he said.
Some of the improvements made by the foundation last year included a new geurney in the emergency room, a new gastroscope for surgery, new lockers for nurses, equipment for cardia/rehab program, a respiratory device to measure carbon dioxide, childbirth and breastfeeding videos, television and memo boards, and new chairs in waiting areas throughout the hospital and clinic.
Lewis said some of the improvements were made possible by employees who make regular paycheck deductions with that money going to the foundation.
The foundation also sponsors its annual “Slice For Life” benefit golf tournament and the “All Cancer Walk.”
The foundation is also endorsing breast cancer awareness through a specialty license plate program with the Susan G. Komen Nebraska Foundation.
Two others recognized
Lewis recognized Randy Vlasin for six years of dedication to the foundation as its executive director.
Vlasin resigned from the position in 2014 to return to teaching agriculture at Hayes Center.
Lewis also recognized Roger Minnemann of Wauneta, who has served on the foundation board since 2013.
He and his wife are moving so he resigned his position.
As a result, Lewis said they are seeking someone from the Wauneta area to serve on the foundation board.
Lewis also recognized the foundation board, hospital board of trustees, the hospital auxiliary and hospital staff who volunteered to help with the event.
The evening included long tables of desserts and finger foods prepared by the St. Patrick’s Altar Society, who also hosted the event at the parish hall.
The husband and wife musical duo of Greenblatt and Seay of Avoca, Neb., provided the entertainment.