Women's Services Campaign
Nearly 36 years ago, Koeta Bryant delivered her younger daughter at what was a brand-new hospital in Pittsburg, Kan. Six months ago, Beth Foster gave birth to her second daughter at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg in maternity facilities that have remained essentially unchanged physically.
At its 2010 gala event, the Mount Carmel Foundation announced a $1.2 million Women's Services Initiative campaign that will mark the hospital's latest major update. The campaign will create an environment that reflects the already high level of care.
"We owe it to our daughters and all of our area women and infants to provide the most up-to-date quality facility that our community can provide," says Bryant, co-chair of the fundraising effort.
"The quality of care is so great but the updates and a more homey feel will make it even better," adds Foster, who recalls securing a postpartum room to herself by delivering her baby six minutes faster than another mom in labor.
The center will encompass an entire floor of the hospital, more than doubling current facilities. In addition to more labor and delivery rooms, private postpartum rooms and a higher-level nursery, the facility will support lactation education and services for various stages of a woman's care.
A separate waiting room for families awaiting births will create a sense of camaraderie, while the new postpartum rooms will be a definite plus for families bonding with their latest addition.
"It will be nice to have a larger, cozy room that will be welcoming to the families," says Foster, who is looking forward to using the new center as her family grows.
Over the past several years, births have steadily increased at the Pittsburg hospital, with a 63 percent increase in births in 2009 compared to 2004.
Community leaders have indicated the new facility will benefit recruitment efforts and provide positive economic impact for the city.
Foundations Assist in Serving the Needs of Communities and Individuals
A key piece of medical equipment helps address a community health need. A family receives help from the Children's Miracle Network to pay for medication not covered by insurance. A young mother avoids missing work by taking her child to a clinic set up as a low-cost alternative to the emergency room for non-emergent care.
These scenarios are real and they are made possible by the foundations that serve Via Christi's hospitals in Manhattan, Pittsburg and Wichita.
Mercy Community Health Foundation - Manhattan
- The sixth annual A Dress the Heart Gala drew more than 190 community members to help raise funds for the cardiac initiative at Mercy Regional Health Center. More than $80,000 was raised. Over the past six years, the event has raised more than $500,000.
- The 20th annual Mercy Golf Classic fielded 131 players from as far away as Minnesota and Nebraska to play the challenging Colbert Hills golf course. The tournament raised more than $58,000 for Mercy Regional Health Center's community health initiatives.
- Mercy Regional Health Center collaborated with the United Way of Riley County to kick off its second annual One Community campaign. The campaign raised more than $30,000 with more than 240 employees contributing.
- The Mercy Auxiliary provided more than $125,000 for the Mary Lindquist Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund for Mercy employees seeking certifications in their field.
Mount Carmel Foundation - Pittsburg
- More than 320 guests attended the Mount Carmel Foundation's 26th Annual Gala, "Under the Tuscan Sun," which netted approximately $41,000. A $1.2 million campaign to raise funds for a Women's Center at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg was unveiled at the event, complete with video featuring community members addressing the need for updating and upgrading women's services at the hospital.
- In 2010, almost $85,000 had been raised or pledged toward the campaign to raise $1.2 million for the Women's Center, including a $40,800 grant from the Skubitz Foundation.
- An anonymous $50,000 gift to the foundation was realized.
- The Mount Carmel Foundation has contributed more than $4 million to hospital projects based on the needs of the community.
Via Christi Foundation - Wichita
- The Via Christi Foundation raised $3.67 million in 2010.
- In Wichita, 61 percent of Via Christi Health employees participated in the One Community campaign, giving approximately $657,840. More than $356,000 goes to the Via Christi Foundation to support the Via Christi Employee and Patient Assistance Funds, and the Children's Miracle Network. More than $282,800 goes to the United Way of the Plains.
- The 2010 Via Christi Emerald Ball drew 350 guests, raising $170,000 for Gerard House, a Via Christi-sponsored home for young pregnant women.
- More than 230 golfers participated in the 30th annual Charity Classic Golf Tournament, raising $164,000 for Via Christi Immediate Care, Mother Mary Anne.
- Cox Communications presented Via Christi Foundation/Children's Miracle Network with a $112,500 gift to purchase flat-screen televisions, DVD players, interactive keyboards and laptops, and software for the ChildLife Center and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
- Via Christi Volunteers, Partners in Caring hosted its annual Volunteer Awards Luncheon. More than 200 volunteers were honored for donating more than 86,000 hours of service to Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita in 2009 and for raising nearly $150,250 to support new services, equipment and employee scholarships.