|PCHSF board and community patrons gather for annual meeting|
The Perkins County Health Services Foundation (PCHSF) annual meeting on Marlch 16 had a theme of “2009–A Successful Year.” This theme was highlighted in the various reports by board members and administration.
In her report, Chairperson Nita McGreer said that to have such success, “We need the right purpose, the right plan and the right people.”
She accentuated this with the news that one of the donors presented the foundation with a $1,000 check with the comment, “I just got out of the (PCHS) hospital and the care was so wonderful that I’m giving this gift as an acknowledgement of my appreciation of that wonderful care.”
In his administrator’s report, Ron Patrick emphasized the impact of the foundation since its beginning in 1987.
Total donations received over those years equal $3,224,265 as of Dec. 31, 2009.
Resulting from those funds, the foundation has granted $2,321,541 to local health services for the hospital, nursing home, assisted living, home health, daycare, etc. Also included were several medical scholarships and loans.
Roxie Lampmann, treasurer, pointed out that the successes of 2009 have helped to gain back some of the losses incurred in 2008. She emphasized the 2009 positives in the following poem that she wrote as a tribute to local health services.
On a splendiferous day like today,
with the sun shining and the clouds at bay,
the leaves are tickled by a gentle breeze,
and the birds sing sweetly in the trees!
But hark! What is that other sound?!
It’s thrum seems to echo all around.
Look up! See there–it’s a whirlybird!
A medivac can now be heard.
Stop what you’re doing and say a prayer
for the safety of all those up in the air.
The crew and patient on a fast ride,
so medical attention won’t be denied.
Back here at home when illness is found,
we’re blessed with doctors and nurses around.
The staff at the hospital is the best
their care and concern for you they’ll attest.
When troubles arise, as we know that they will,
what a comfort it is, sitting there on a hill.
A building, of course, but the people inside
will help you get better, if you’ll just confide.
Your foundation was formed to give support
to the needs of the hospital - and to court
donations from you to help provide
a medical system that could have died!
Thank you for keeping healthcare on top.
With technology changes, there will be no stop
to the needs that continue day by day.
Your continued support is our mainstay.
Your trust is a gift that we treasure
and your friendship gives us great pleasure.
Suffice it to say, we appreciate you
and we’re blessed with all that you do!
After the financial reports, Board member Brenda Kiolbasa read the names of 29 persons who had become new foundation donors in 2009.
The 84 annual meeting attendees were entertained by an upbeat group, the Cowboy Capital Chorus. The chorus consists of some 24 men led by Susan Kelton of Ogallala. The group’s members hail from Grant, Venango, Madrid, Ogallala, Holyoke and North Platte.
Chorus member Leon Regier was presented a plaque of appreciation, having been a foundation board member for nine years.