Foundation formed to promote community involvement in hospital's future.
The Highland District Hospital Foundation was formed to build a bridge between the community and the hospital. Its role is to encourage community involvement in the hospital's future through financial support and to manage that support to the maximum benefit of the hospital and the people using its service.
"It All Comes Back to You" is the theme guiding the foundation's efforts. Because the hospital is a not-for profit organization, the patronage of individuals is critical to its ability to provide state-of-the-art technology and excellence in health care services to people in the community.
The Foundation's Board of Directors is a diverse group of volunteers, with each member bringing a special perspective and expertise to the Board. They believe in Highland District Hospital and its importance to the community as a place of healing and caring to all people without regard to their ability to pay. The Board realizes the healthcare industry and Highland District Hospital face unprecedented economic challenges—rising costs, uninsured patients, dwindling federal reimbursement and the high cost of rapidly changing technology. Philanthropic support of the Hospital is one way to ensure that future generations of Highland County citizens have access to locally available quality healthcare.
ANNUAL FUND GOAL 2012
Digital Mammography Unit - $162,500 (year one of two)
What is digital mammography and how does it compare to standard mammography? Comparing digital mammography to traditional film mammography is exactly like comparing a regular camera to a digital camera. The images are acquired in the same way through breast compression, but the data is stored electronically instead of being stored on a film. This decreases the total amount of time for patients as they do not have to wait for the films to be developed for the technician and or physician to see of additional views are needed. With digital mammography, the magnification, orientation, brightness and contrast of the image may be altered after the exam is completed to help the radiologist more clearly see certain areas. Digital mammography outperformed film at detecting cancer in women under age 50 and women with dense breast during trial studies. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women aside from skin cancer. Our American College of Radiology Accredited Mammography service preformed 2,258 in 2011.
Mammography Screening and Early Detection - $12,000
Breast cancer’s survival rates depend largely on how far the disease has progressed when it is discovered, early detection is key. With that in mind a voucher program has been established to assist those women that are under insured or uninsured to pay for their screening mammogram. In 2011, we provided 161 mammograms through this program. This year with your help we plan to provide 220.
HDH Health Fair - $12,000
In April our 11th annual health fair will be held. We are expecting 1000+ community members to attend. The health fair provides multiple health screenings such as comprehensive blood panel, blood pressure and mammogram vouchers. Each year we receive calls asking when the health fair will be held with concerns such as this is the first time in my life that I have not had insurance and I have a family history of diabetes or breast cancer. And each year we have participants discover health issues that have up until that point been undiscovered such as prostate cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, osteoporosis and kidney disease. Our local physicians our very supportive of the health fair and suggest to many of their patients that are unable to pay for the screenings but are medically needed.
Philips Cardiograph EKG Unit - $12,067
The Philips Pagewriter unit is designed to meet high-volume ECG demands of a hospital. Our cardio pulmonary Department did 5,678 EKGs in 2011. This unit will replace an outdated unit with state-of-the art equipment including high-resolution picture and speed of download to our electronic records. In 2011, the emergency department alone treated approximately 600 patients with chest pain. With acute MI (heart attack) time is critical in diagnosis and treatment to prevent heart damage. The ease of use for technician, speed and wireless communication of this unit will benefit the patients in all departments of the hospital with EKG needs.
$198,567 Annual Fund Goal for 2012
To make a donation, or for questoins about the Foundation, please contact
Cathy Jones at 937.393.6360.