New equipment impacts patient care
The PCHD Foundation recently approved $48,542 in new equipment for several hospital departments and clinics. This funding provides the tools that our doctors and nurses need to save and heal lives. Equipment funded includes:
• A portable ultrasound unit for the surgical team
• Diabetes supplies for diabetic mothers
• Prosthetic recovery camisoles for the Outpatient Treatment Center
• Recliner chemotherapy treatment chairs
• A plasma thawing system for the Laboratory
• Patient treatment chairs for the Acute Care Department
From the CEO: How your support makes a difference
What a thrill it was to see our health district make a $1 million commitment to our Center for Health Education project. This wonderful gift will make our vision of a hub for health resources and classes, focused on proactively building the health of our community, a reality soon.
As exciting as this large gift is, I want to emphasize how very important gifts of every size are. You might be a donor who is able to send in $25 every year. Your gift truly matters. It combines with other annual gifts and allows us to purchase the equipment you see in this impact report and to fund medical programs that touch hundreds of lives. Or you might be a donor who is able to give at our Samaritan Society level – $1,000 or more each year. Your support is a cornerstone of our hospital, ensuring that we have good local medical care for future generations.
I think it’s important to remember that every single penny of contributed funds goes directly towards furthering the mission of Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital (SPCH). SPCH pays the foundation’s overhead costs so your donations support equipment, programs and services that help improve health care in our communities. This means that your support has a very powerful impact — much more powerful than the revenue we are able to generate through patient care. Because of our hospital’s extremely thin operating margin, we’re only able to use about two percent of revenue to further our mission through new equipment and other improvements. In other words, for every $100 we receive in patient revenue, after all expenses are accounted for, only two dollars remains for us to reinvest back into medical equipment.
On the other hand, when a donor gives $100, all of that money goes directly toward projects and programs funded by the foundation. Another way of looking at this is to say that two donated dollars have the same power as $100 in patient revenue! That’s what makes charitable support for the hospital so powerful.
So thank you for the tremendous difference you make through your support — no matter how big or small it might be. You are helping to shape the health of our community, and you should be proud.
David Bigelow, PharmD
CEO, Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital