Soroptimist International of Madera – Gives from the Heart for the Heart
June 28, 2018, Madera California: Madera Community Hospital Foundation
announces the Leadership Gift from Soroptimist International of Madera.
The local chapter of Soroptimist donated $7,500 and was the first community
gift received for Madera Community Hospital Foundation’s Capital
Campaign to purchase new EKG Machines.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular
disease accounts for 1 in every 4 females deaths. “Soroptimist is
providing financial support for lifesaving diagnostic services at Madera
Community Hospital to benefit the women of our community. We want to help
ensure that women, and those they care about, receive timely and efficient
cardiac diagnostic services close to home,” said Sue Harris, President,
Soroptimist International of Madera.
Each month nearly 600 patients receive an electrocardiogram using an EKG
machine in the Emergency Department at Madera Community Hospital. It is
also common for patients to receive an EKG prior to surgery, while in
post-operative care or during the course of their hospital stay.
At the urgent request of the Hospital Board of Trustees, the Madera Community
Hospital Foundation launched a capital campaign in February, to secure
$200,000 in philanthropic funding to replace the health system’s
existing EKG machines and add 2 additional units. The campaign began with
60% of Madera Community Hospital Employees donating more than $50,000,
in one time gifts and 12 month pledges through payroll deduction. Hospital
Trustees and Foundation Board Members followed with their gifts and pledges
to the campaign.
Soroptimist International of Madera was an early contributor to the campaign.
“After making her own generous gift to the campaign, Hospital Trustee
and Soroptimist Member, Jan Zitek, suggested the Foundation submit a funding
request to Soroptimist,” said Sherrie Bakke, staff liaison for the
Hospital Foundation. “Speaking on behalf of the Madera Community
Hospital Family of volunteer leaders, executives, physicians and staff,
we are humbled by the support and confidence demonstrated by the investment
Soroptimist International of Madera made toward advancing innovation at
our hospital,” Bakke added.
In the past year, Madera Community Hospital has been recognized for clinical
excellence and exemplary patient safety by regulatory and accreditation
agencies, as well as leading healthcare consumer groups. The physicians
and staff who earned the recognitions deserve, as do the patients, to
have technologically advanced diagnostic equipment. The cost of one new,
state-of –the-art, EKG machine is an estimated $15,000. The advanced
cardio vascular diagnostic equipment will improve care coordination, including
time to cardiology consult, time to diagnosis and time to treatment.
Phase three of the campaign was launched the beginning of May, with a written
communication from the Medical Executive Committee, signed by Mohammad
Ashraf, MD, Chief of Staff, requesting physician participation in the campaign.
“The entire hospital family has been asked to participate in the
campaign,” said Bakke. “With gifts and pledges from Trustees,
including the physician members, as well as executive leadership and employees,
the Foundation has the support to confidently ask the community for the
remaining financial support needed to fund the purchase of new EKGs,”
Soroptimist International of Madera was the first community gift to the
EKG Campaign. Madera Community Hospital Foundation estimates they will
need an additional $60,000 in one time gifts and pledges, to fully fund
the purchase of 12 EKG Machines, through the capital campaign. “Soroptimist
set a high mark of support and we know there are others in Madera County
who understand the need for philanthropic investments to advance innovation
and technology at our hospital,” concluded Bakke.
To find out how you can invest in lifesaving technology and innovation
at Madera Community Hospital, contact Sherrie Bakke, 559-675-5502 or
SBakke@MaderaHospital.org or donate on line at MaderaHospital.org/Foundation. Madera Community Hospital
is a registered, 501-C3, non–profit organization.