Contact: Joan Hermes
STERLING, IL (April 12, 2021) - The CGH Health Foundation 2020 Annual Appeal campaign goal of $435,000 has been reached and surpassed, according to Campaign Chair Dr. Nancy Tran, CGH Hospitalist and Medical Staff President.
“What a marvelous outpouring of support was generated during this very difficult past year,” she said. “We are so grateful to our donors for sticking with us on behalf of so many children and adults in need in the Sauk Valley.”
The goal was reached thanks to the generosity of area individuals, businesses, clubs, and organizations. Nearly $440,000 has been received. The contributions ensure 18 health initiatives impacting over 32,000 people will be fully funded.
Medication, mental health support, transportation, mammograms, comfort care for cancer patients, and other health services like vision and dental are some of the important initiatives made possible. “You’ve Got a Friend” was the theme of the campaign. About 100 volunteers were involved in the largely virtual fund drive, with critical donations coming through the non-event Delicious Designs hosted online, the drive-through promotions hosted by Angelo’s Pizzeria and Candlelight Inn, and a CGH employee virtual silent auction.
Other campaign cabinet leaders included Dr. Young Song, CGH Urologist, Medical Division; Suzy Perino, Rock Falls Market President for Sauk Valley Bank, Business Division; Amy Downs, Associate Principal/Sterling High School, Clubs Division; and Erika Adams, CGH Patient Navigator, and Tiffany Marquez, CGH Accounts Receivable Clerk, CGH Employee Division.
Foundation Chair Dr. Matthew Cutter emphasizes how important these funds are in assisting the less fortunate, especially with the physical, mental and emotional toll of the virus. “The dramatic increase in patients counseled through our free Ways to Wellness Program is indicative of how people are coping,” said Dr. Cutter. “This is a crucial resource for our patients and we plan on expanding the program from five to seven days starting in May.”
Sinnissippi Centers mental health professionals provide assistance on-site at CGH Main Clinic, Downtown Clinic, Morrison Clinic or Dixon Clinic as well as via Zoom or the phone. “We will be especially focusing on our OB patients in a new outreach program,” said Dr. Cutter. “This past year has made it difficult for some moms to fully enjoy their pregnancies or new babies because of the limitations imposed by the pandemic.”
During the last 32 years, over $10.5 million has been donated and invested right back into the community. Under-served children and adults have received free to low-cost healthcare services. Wellness education centering on heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and obesity has been a major focus. Scholarships have been awarded to several hundred college-bound students and capital items have been funded.