With an emphasis on expanded cardiology services, St. Claire Regional Medical Center has kicked off its 2011 Community Fundraising Campaign.
The theme for this year's campaign is "Cardiac Care Close to Home".
St. Claire Regional recently expanded its cardiology services by adding coronary angioplasty, a procedure that opens narrowed or blocked blood vessels with ballooning and stenting.
"Every 20-minute delay in seeking treatment for a possible heart attack could affect whether you live or die," said Tom Lewis, Executive Director of the St. Claire Foundation. "We're thankful that St. Claire Regional can now offer coronary angioplasty, rather than having to take the precious time to transport those patients elsewhere."
The need for diagnostic and interventional cardiology services is great, Lewis said, so much so that SCR is currently adding a second cardiac catheterization lab.
"Our efforts to provide and expand these types of much needed, specialized services to the people of northeast Kentucky are made possible in part by gifts to the St. Claire Foundation during our annual fundraising campaigns," he said.
Another significant issue facing not-for-profit hospitals like SCR is the growing number of uninsured and underinsured patients whom they treat. This past year, SCR provided $10.6 million in charity and uncompensated care at cost.
"Gifts to the St. Claire Foundation help us offset those losses as we continue to provide needed medical care to those who come through our doors, regardless of their ability to pay," Lewis said.
Lewis said he was concerned that the recent construction of the $30 million Center for Health, Education and Research has given some area residents the misconception that SCR no longer needs community financial support.
"The CHER building is a collaboration of Morehead State University, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and St. Claire Regional. It houses a variety of programs, including SCR's Family Medicine Clinic, which is nearly triple the size of our former clinic in Morehead," he said. "We are so appreciative of the Kentucky General Assembly funding that paid for CHER construction, but we still have to cover the costs of equipping and operating SCR's portion of the building."
"I encourage you to think about the void that would exist in this region if St. Claire Regional were not here," said Susan Victor, St. Claire Foundation Annual Support Committee chairwoman. "I'm amazed that a hospital in a city the size of Morehead offers more than 30 medical specialties and has a half-million patient encounters a year."
To make a gift to the St. Claire Regional Community Fundraising Campaign, call (606) 783-6512 or go to www.st-claire.org/foundation.php. In addition on our website you can view St. Claire Regional's Community Benefit Report and a detailed 2011 Community Fund Raising brochure.
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