Turlock, CA- At the halfway point of its six-week fundraising campaign, Emanuel Medical Center volunteers and employees have already raised nearly $570,000 to support advanced cardiac services at the hospital.
That's more than half of the $1 million campaign goal.
"I'm feeling very good," said Turlock's Bill Gibbs, the fund drive chair. "We've seen so many donors upgrade their pledges from last year. People give to good causes and this is it."
Money raised during the annual giving campaign, called Legacy Circle, will be used to expand advanced cardiac care at the hospital so no one with a heart-related medical need will have to be taken out of town for treatment. Building that program began with the opening of the Cardiac Cath & Interventional Lab in April, and will expand with an upgraded cardiac operating room that will allow open-heart surgery to begin next spring.
In late 2012, two state-of-the-art cardiac operating suites are scheduled to open, and the final vision for the project is to develop a dedicated space consolidating all of Emanuel's cardiovascular services. Legacy Circle volunteers and donors are supporting the program by committing to raise $1 million a year for five straight years.
"The community has truly embraced this new campaign," said Emanuel President and CEO John Sigsbury. "They recognize the benefit of having these lifesaving services and technology close to home."
To help the community and employee volunteers reach the $1 million goal this year, Turlock's Jeani and John Ferrari have pledged to donate $500,000 when donations reach the $1 million mark.
"Jeani and I have our pen handy and are ready to write that check," John Ferrari said. "And that's exactly what we want to happen. We've been in this community a long time and have not found a place where gifts can affect more people than at Emanuel. Giving to the hospital helps everyone in the community - young, old and in-between."
In week three of the campaign, employees raised an additional $54,611 - their largest week three since Legacy Circle began 10 years ago, and community volunteers raised $92,750.
Diane Tate has been a Legacy Circle volunteer since the beginning, and has found lots of enthusiasm in the community for Emanuel's new heart program.
"Everybody I've asked has been so supportive," she said. "Out of the nearly 50 pledges I've gotten so far, six of them are new. If you are getting new pledges, that means people are saying, 'How can I give?'"
Giving is easy. To donate to Legacy Circle, call 209-664-5180 or visit www.emanuelmedicalcenter.org/give
Emanuel Medical Center is a not-for-profit, community-based Christian hospital. Its 415-bed multi-level medical campus includes a 209-bed acute care hospital, a 145-bed skilled nursing facility and a 49-bed assisted living facility. It provides emergency, critical care, pediatric, cardiology, cancer diagnosis and treatment, women's health services, surgery, and hospice services.