Weekly Program Recap - July 23, 2014
At its regular meeting on July 23, the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley received an update on the Highlands Cashiers Hospital Foundation by Executive Director Robin Taylor. She stated the purpose of the Foundation was to assure the hospital, clinics, physicians and staff have the resources necessary to perform daily care-giving work at the highest standards of patient care.
The Hospital relies on charitable funds for about 15% of its operating expenses and 100% of its facility capital improvements and equipment. “This has grown form 5% to 15 % of the total operating expenses over the past four years and with the cost savings anticipated through our Mission Health affiliation, it is projected the operating losses will be reduced to about 5% again,” she stated.
Taylor explained that philanthropy has always played a critical role in supporting the hospital. “We are exceeding grateful for the wonderful generosity form Jane Woodruff, yet all gifts are truly appreciated because collectively they make a big difference.” She shared that Ms. Woodruff’s most recent philanthropy was accompanied by a statement that encourages the community to join her in continuing their support, so essential to keeping our hospital up-to-date.
In addition to helping to pay for doctors, nurses, and clinical staff staffing needs, donations to the Foundation fund scholarships, equipment leases, upgrades, and capital projects such as new flooring, the recent Eckerd Living Center renovations and the transformation to electronic health records.
“This is an exciting time for change at our hospital,” said Mrs. Taylor. Our community can expect superior quality in emergency care, primary core health services and diagnostics. Over the next several months we will fully integrate with Mission Health while joining together in achieving our bigger aim: To get each patient to the desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and with an exceptional experience for every patient and family.
The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley meetings are held Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. at the Cashiers United Methodist Church, on Highway 107 S. Non-Rotarians are welcome to attend as a guest by contacting a Rotary member or calling 828-526-0288.