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W.Va. hospitals foundation launches giving campaigns

January 02, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Each year, the City Hospital Foundation and Jefferson Health Care Foundation coordinate annual giving campaigns to benefit West Virginia University Hospitals-East, City Hospital and Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

The City Hospital Foundation's Wish List campaign and Jefferson Health Care Foundation's Tradition of Caring campaign help fund vital patient care equipment items as well as support health services and programs at both hospitals.

WVU Hospitals-East recently issued its 2007 annual giving brochure containing a list of equipment needs by department at both hospitals. The brochure was mailed to area residents and businesses asking for their financial support to purchase these needed equipment items.

"The goal of this annual campaign is to fund capital equipment needs and support health services at both City Hospital and Jefferson Memorial Hospital," said Teresa McCabe, vice president of marketing and development for WVUH-East.

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Both annual campaigns have been successful in funding such projects in the past, McCabe said in a news release.

The Jefferson Health Care Foundation's 2006 Tradition of Caring campaign funded several pieces of patient care equipment for Jefferson Memorial Hospital, including an otoscope and pulse oximeter for the skilled nursing unit and wheelchairs for general hospital use. Since the program was established in 1994, more than $200,000 of equipment has been purchased for the hospital through Tradition of Caring.

At City Hospital, VCR/DVD players were purchased for patient rooms in the OB unit along with wheelchairs for general hospital use. Money to support the WVUH-East Regional Cancer Program was also donated by the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation to fund equipment, educational materials, and free cancer screenings for individuals otherwise unable to afford the testing. These donations were made on behalf of the 2006 Wish List campaign, which has raised nearly $200,000 over the past six years to purchase patient care equipment at City Hospital.

"As not-for-profit hospitals, we depend on the financial support from these campaigns to assure that our vital equipment needs are met," McCabe said.

The 2007 WVUH-East annual giving brochure includes a list of equipment needs at both Jefferson Memorial Hospital and City Hospital. Donors have a choice of making a tax-deductible contribution to the Jefferson Health Care Foundation or the City Hospital Foundation to benefit the designated hospital.

For more information on the WVUH-East annual giving campaign or other ways to support the WVUH-East Foundations, contact the marketing and development office at 264.1223.

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