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Presence St. Mary’s annual gala raises $150,000

October 12, 2018

Daily Journal staff report

Presence St. Mary’s Hospital has received a major financial boost in its quest to renovate the emergency department of the Kankakee medical facility.

An additional $150,000 in funding has been collected through contributions made at the 20th annual PSMH Foundation Gala held Saturday night at the Kankakee County Fairgrounds. The fundraiser drew about 400 guests, who enjoyed the 50s-themed “Greased Lighting” event, which featured a live auction, games, raffle prizes, dinner and live music from Maggie Speaks’ Shout Out Band, who played a variety of classic and modern hits.

The outpouring of support was met with gratitude by event organizers.

“We are extremely appreciative of the philanthropic support from so many of our community businesses and donors,” said Ronda Bond, co-chairperson of the gala and PSMH director of volunteer services. “Our annual gala is not only a way to highlight the quality care and many investments we are making in technology and our facility, but also a way for us to celebrate with those in our community we are privileged to serve.”

The funds raised will support the renovation to the hospital’s emergency room, which has more than 30,000 visits per year.

The restoration to the triage, registration and waiting area will help in the hospital’s goal to continuously increase safety, comfort and efficiency while enhancing the patient experience.

“St. Mary’s has always been recognized for the authenticity in which we deliver care, and we hope it resonates with you and your family when you visit our hospital,” said PSMH President Chris Shride as he addressed the crowd. “Equally as important, you should know St. Mary’s is also a national top 10 percent facility for patient safety, respiratory care, and cardiology services.

“Adding to this blend of caring and quality, we have begun a commitment for significant investments in our facility and technology to better serve our community well into the future.”

In addition to planned renovations of the emergency department, PSMH recently has completed renovations to its medical/surgical and behavioral health units.

“There are many bright years ahead of us,” Shride said. “As we prepare to begin the phase of enhancing our emergency department, I want to thank our community for your continued support. This is just one step among others as we commit to re-investing in both our facility and services for our patients and their families.”

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