The Giving Hearts Day results are in: RiverView Foundation received 337 gifts totaling more than $182,000 on Feb. 10. Yes, that’s $182,000 in 24 hours, far exceeding the Foundation’s initial goal of $125,000.
“Each year, I am amazed and humbled by the support we not only receive on Giving Hearts Day but throughout the year to keep quality healthcare close to home,’’ shared Foundation Director Randy Schoenborn. “I’d like to thank the donors for their level of confidence, support, and trust in the Foundation.’’
The Foundation was one of nearly 550 nonprofit organizations participating in the one-day fundraiser this year, the 15th year of the event. According to the Dakota Medical Foundation that sponsored the event, the combined total for the Minnesota and North Dakota entities came to approximately $26 million through 40,714 donors. Since its inception in 2008, Giving Hearts Day has raised more than $137 million for nonprofits.
Donors designating funds in memory or honor of loved ones touched many RiverView programs and projects during the fundraiser. The Foundation Board determined undesignated funds from the event would go to the following two Emergency Department (ED) equipment needs, with an estimated cost of $125,000:
- An automated medication dispensing system that safely stores and quickly releases medication with proper physician orders. This system will provide necessary medications to treat patients in the ED 24 hours a day.
- A portable ultrasound machine specific to the rapid assessment of heart and abdominal injury of trauma patients. Called a FAST (Fast Assessment Sonography for Trauma) exam, ED physicians perform this screening exam on admission without the delay of calling in an ultrasound technician.
The RiverView Foundation works to obtain financial security for projects and programs that assure RiverView Health has the equipment and expertise to follow its mission of delivering a healthcare experience that consistently exceeds patients’ expectations.
If you are interested in learning more about the RiverView Foundation and the programs it sponsors, please contact Schoenborn at 281.9249 or email@example.com.
Pictured above are some of the RiverView employees who supported their workplace of choice by donating a total of nearly $47,000 on Feb. 10.