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A year-end reflection from the Logansport Memorial Hospital Foundation

Last Updated on December 16, 2022 by Logansport Memorial Hospital Foundation

Pictured above are LMH Foundation Board Members with LMH President and CEO Perry Gay, presenting a check for $125,000 from the Fund-the-Need donations given at the 2022 Up on the Roof Gala. The project for renovating and modernizing our surgical suites is underway, in its early phase with ongoing planned upgrades. This meaningful gift will already begin making a difference for patients having surgery at LMH in 2023.

As 2022 begins to end, the Logansport Memorial Hospital Foundation looks back with gratitude on all of the support that has been given in the past year. Annual events like the Golf Tournament and River Bluff Run successfully raised funds for both general and specific needs across the hospital. The Golf Tournament proceeds are used each year in the areas of greatest need, whether to provide student scholarships or to purchase new equipment or technology for direct patient care. The River Bluff Run proceeds are used in the Foundation’s Breast Screening Fund, which provides free screening mammograms for uninsured or under-insured women in Cass County, or for women who are established with one of our LMPN providers.

But perhaps the most successful fundraising event for the Foundation this year was the “Up on the Roof” gala, held in August on top of the hospital’s parking garage. A billowing tent transforms the concrete structure into an upscale venue for this signature event. The gala is held only every three years, with a specific Fund-the-Need that is the fundraising focus. A record crowd of more than 340 guests helped to raise more than $125,000 for the hospital’s Surgery Department, to help renovate, enhance, and modernize the surgical suites as part of a larger planned and phased capital improvement project.

“To see and feel our community support our hospital in such a generous way is hard to describe in words,” commented Perry Gay, President and CEO of Logansport Memorial Hospital. “I have been part of the hospital and the community for almost 7 years now, and I am always humbled and amazed by what’s shared with us when we present a need for our patients. Renovating our surgical suites is an exciting opportunity for us to directly enhance and improve a key part of the patient experience. With these planned upgrades, we will be able to increase our surgical capacity and care for more patients. We will also be able to more efficiently house and use the specialized equipment required for the sophisticated procedures that we can perform right here at home.

Also in attendance at the Gala event was Chief Medical Officer Dr. Todd Weinstein, a tenured general surgeon in the Cass County community. Dr. Weinstein shared his thoughts and perspective as a surgeon on why the surgical suite renovations are such an important project for the hospital. His moving words inspired the generosity of many of the guests in attendance.

“Putting our patients first is very important to us, and these renovations have their safety, comfort, and convenience in mind,” said Dr. Weinstein. “I believe this is a much-needed project that will elevate our standards of surgical care and ensure that we can continue providing what our community needs, both now and in the future.”

Photos from the “Up on the Roof” Gala event can be found on Logansport Memorial Hospital’s Facebook page. The next Gala will be held in 2025 during the year of the hospital’s 100-Year Anniversary. Plans will be underway soon to prepare for this milestone celebration.

“There is so much generosity and support that we are thankful for, in looking back on a wonderful year,” comments Vicki Byrd, Vice-President of Planning and Development at Logansport Memorial Hospital. “Helping to lead and grow the Foundation is an important part of my role and it is a privilege to be able to do that alongside so many community supporters. Our patients – who are our family, friends, neighbors and community members – are the reasons why we do what we do, and why we work so hard to fulfill our Foundation mission of ‘Gifting for Health.’ We are grateful to everyone who takes an opportunity to support one of our existing events, projects, or the hospital services in general.”

One last opportunity to support the Logansport Memorial Hospital Foundation before the year’s end is by making a donation to the Year-End annual campaign. A gift to this campaign is a continued investment in Logansport Memorial Hospital, demonstrating confidence in the care and services that will be directly provided to the patients we serve across north central Indiana. The Year-End annual campaign is ongoing now, and will accept donations through the end of December 2022.

In the past year:

  • Equipment for staff training and patient care was purchased for the Surgery, Nursing, and Emergency departments
  • New chairs were purchased for the Cancer Center, for loved ones to use during a patient’s treatment
  • Charitable services were provided to patients making it easier for them to transition to home
  • Scholarships were given to local high school students representing Cass County and going on to pursue a higher education degree in a healthcare-related field
  • Improvements were made at the River Bluff Trail and Hervey Preserve

If you would like to make a gift to continue the progress on our planned surgical suite renovations, or a general gift to support patient care and hospital services, please visit the hospital website to learn more and consider donating online at LogansportMemorial.org/Donate. If you have questions about making a gift, please contact Vicki Byrd, Vice-President of Planning and Development at (574) 753-1414 or by email at vbyrd@logansportmemorial.org.

SOURCE: News release from Logansport Memorial Hospital Foundation