Perry County Memorial Hospital Foundation fosters quality health care, now and for future generations

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Organization will invest in mile-long fitness trail around new facility

An ancient Chinese proverb states, “If you want happiness for a lifetime, help the next generation.”


By soliciting funds to promote the improvement of the facilities and services of Perry County Memorial Hospital, the Perry County Memorial Hospital Foundation Inc. helps to ensure the hospital will continue to provide quality patient care for generations to come.  

“Our goal for the citizens of Perry County and nearby communities is continued quality health care close to home,” says Brenda Graves, the foundation’s president. “The new hospital currently under construction will serve generations of families for years to come.”

Foundation board members are Brenda Graves (president), John B. Land (vice president), Janet Haller (secretary), Joseph E. LeClere OD (treasurer), Steve Berkhouse, Eve Cornejo, Randy Dennison, Rhonda Field, Robert Harpenau, Tony Hollinden, Lisa Miller FNP-C, Jon Scheer, Andy Sommer, Joseph Stuber and Jean Wood.

The foundation’s board of directors is composed of dedicated individuals who volunteer their time to ensure the future of quality healthcare for local residents, said Graves.

Members of the foundation board assist in the planning, coordination and implementation of multiple foundation events.

The Perry County Memorial Hospital Foundation will begin its annual appeal fundraiser June 5 (today). The annual appeal, previously conducted in November, is one of several foundation fundraisers held each year.

Since 1992 the Perry County Memorial Hospital Foundation Inc. has purchased 14 pieces of state-of-the-art equipment at a total cost of approximately $405,000 to benefit patients at Perry County Memorial Hospital.

“As a longtime past president and current treasurer of the Perry County Memorial Hospital Foundation, I am always humbled by the generosity of our supporters,” said LeClere. “Most recently our annual golf outing and midwinter gala have enjoyed local support and financial successes, but I am most impressed with the steady long-term support that so many of our friends have shown year after year to our annual appeal. In addition to the equipment purchases the foundation has been able to finance in the past, the continued generosity of our friends and supporters and the success of our fundraisers have put us in the position to make a significant contribution to the campus of the new hospital in the form of a fitness trail.”

The foundation will provide approximately $100,000 to build a mile-long fitness trail at the new hospital. Designed to improve the health and wellness of the community, foundation board members anticipate the trail will be popular among employees and community members alike.

“It is our hope that this addition to our new health campus will not only benefit our patients and families, but will serve as a tribute to the many friends and supporters who have been so generous to the foundation over the years and that our endowment will continue to be able to provide those extras that so enrich the experience of those who seek care at Perry County Memorial Hospital,” LeClere said.

Perry County Memorial Hospital Foundation hosts several events and activities throughout the calendar year.

The 2014 Don Etienne Memorial Golf Classic is planned for Monday, Oct. 13 at Christmas Lake Golf Course in Santa Claus and the foundation’s 2015 Gala is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at the Schergens Center in Tell City, Indiana.

Those attending the 2015 gala will receive a ticket to attend a special open house at the new Perry County Memorial Hospital. On New Year’s Eve 2013, foundation members and hospital employees sold food and beverages at the annual Silvesternacht celebration.  The foundation plans to participate in future Silvesternacht celebrations.  

Throughout the year individuals can make donations and memorial contributions to the Perry County Memorial Hospital Foundation Inc. by mail  to Perry County Memorial Hospital Foundation, 1 Hospital Road, Tell City, Indiana 47586. Contributions can also be made online at www.pchospital.org.

Each year, the foundation awards the Lewis C. Lohoff Scholarship to a local high-school senior planning to pursue a career in health care.  This annual $500 scholarship was made possible by a generous donation to the foundation by Dr. Lewis Lohoff, a physician who practiced medicine in Perry County some years ago.

The foundation hopes individuals will consider donating to the Annual Appeal Fundraiser beginning this week.

“I want to thank past donors for their support of the Perry County Memorial Hospital Foundation Inc. and encourage others to consider giving to the foundation. Please know that we will use these gifts to support our hospital’s efforts to serve those living in our community and surrounding areas,” said Graves.

The foundation is a not-for-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, making gifts tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information or to donate please visit www.pchospital.org or call 547-0153.

Editor’s Note: This article was provided by Perry County Memorial Hospital to mark the state of its annual appeal.