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Published on July 20, 2011

KishHealth Foundation Exceeds Goals for Fiscal Year 2011

July 20, 2011

A technician installs Philips equipment in the second cardiac catheterization lab at Kishwaukee Community Hospital. Funds through the KishHealth Foundation were used to help purchase the equipment for the newly built lab. The lab is expected to open in the fall.

A technician installs Philips equipment in the
second cardiac catheterization lab at Kishwaukee
Community Hospital. Funds through the
KishHealth Foundation were used to help
purchase the equipment for the newly built lab.
The lab is expected to open in the fall.

KishHealth Foundation raised $1,175,222, exceeding its goal of $885,000 for fiscal year 2011. Funds raised help support Community Cares Clinic, DeKalb County Hospice, Kishwaukee Community Hospital, and Valley West Community Hospital.

Thanks to community donors and the efforts of volunteers, KishHealth Foundation had a successful campaign which benefited The Cancer Center at Kishwaukee Community Hospital. KishHealth Foundation provided over $1.4 million in philanthropic support toward the cost of The Cancer Center, exceeding its $1 million goal.

Since 1981, community members have contributed more than $2.3 million to the Friends for Life KCH100 annual giving fund. These donations have allowed medical and technological advancements at Kish Hospital. Funds raised through the 2010 Friends for Life KCH 100 campaign, totaling $48,903, were used to help underwrite the cost of the new cancer center.

And as Kish Hospital prepares to open its second cardiac catheterization lab this fall, the Health Foundation has set aside $90,000 of previous years’ Friends for Life funds to help purchase new equipment. The Health Foundation has also placed $25,000 of previous years’ Friends for Life funds in the Kish Hospital Endowment Fund.

The Valley West Heart of the Hospital Annual Giving Fund began in 2004. To date over $390,000 has been raised. Funds raised through the 2010 Valley West Heart of the Hospital campaign totaled $40,483. In 2010, the Health Foundation purchased the HUGS infant security system for Valley West Hospital’s Maternity Suites, providing state of the art security to newborns, with Heart of the Hospital funds.

Also in 2010, the Health Foundation is proud to have received 100 percent board member participation from both the KishHealth Foundation and KishHealth System boards, and it had three successful donor appreciation events including those at Kishwaukee and Valley West Hospitals, and an event for theLegacy Society. Members of the Legacy Society are donors who have made planned or deferred gifts to the Health Foundation.

Renee Ellingson, executive director of KishHealth Foundation, said, “The Health Foundation had a great year and that is because of our wonderful community donors, board members, committee members, and volunteers. Thank you for all that you do to help the health system give the best care possible to our patients.”

KishHealth Foundation was established in 1988 as the philanthropic arm of KishHealth System. The Health Foundation is organized under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and operates as a not-for-profit charitable organization. Unrestricted donations to the Health Foundation allow the most flexibility in furthering its healthcare mission. For more information, please visitwww.kishhealthfoundation.org. Contact the Health Foundation at 815.748.9954 or by email atkhf@kishhealth.org.

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