McPherson's 'Champions for Growth' campaign complete

Chad Frey
McPhersonSentinel

This week McPherson Hospital and the McPherson Healthcare Foundation celebrated a big dat — the completion of a fund-raising campaign that funded three projects. 

Iin May of 2021, McPherson Hospital installed a new MRI was installed in a special, dedicated room that was added near the current radiology department, providing comfort and convenience for patients.

The Champions for Growth campaign was launched a year ago, with a goal to raise $1.8 million to fund three projects on the hospital campus. This week the foundation announced  the final gifts to complete the campaign have been received.

\“The success of this campaign shows a level of support that our health care system is fortunate to have in a community of our size,” said Christopher Stipe, President and CEO of McPherson Hospital. ”These new spaces and equipment have empowered our staff, and will improve the quality of care and patient experience for decades to come.”

The campaign funded ta permanent MRI in a specially built, dedicated space; construction of a Women’s Imaging and Diagnostic Center on the second floor of the hospital; and the relocation of the Hess Fitness Center to a larger, renovated space near Rehabilitation Services to improve patient access to facilities.

In February of 2021, the new Women’s Imaging and Diagnostic Center was opened. This provides many services typically for women including mammography, ultrasound, DEXA scan and others.

Though launched in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a lead gift provided by Larry and Pat Bruce encouraged others to then offer their support, including Connie Hess and Peoples Bank and Trust of McPherson. As time progressed, some small gift and matching gift incentives helped encourage a wider interest in helping achieve the campaign goal. In fact, local success of the campaign encouraged the Sunderland Foundation out of Kansas City to contribute $200,000 to help achieve the goal.

As the campaign progressed, the projects were initiated starting with the relocation of the Hess Fitness Center in December of 2020. The east half of the former Family Practice Associates building, now referred to as Building 4, houses the fitness center in a new, functional space adjacent to Rehabilitation Services, providing great convenience for patients needing equipment and services.

In February of 2021, the new Women’s Imaging and Diagnostic Center was opened. This provides many services typically for women including mammography, ultrasound, DEXA scan and others.

Finally, in May of 2021, the new MRI was installed in a special, dedicated room that was added near the current radiology department, providing comfort and convenience for patients.

With the success of the campaign in sight, the Elmer O. Dalke Foundation and Farmers Alliance Mutual Insurance Company of McPherson offered additional support to gifts they had already contributed. And finally, the campaign goal was reached with a generous gift by Lonny and Laura Bruce.

Work on the Hess Fitness Center began in December of 2020. The east half of the former Family Practice Associates building, now referred to as Building 4, houses the fitness center in a new, functional space adjacent to Rehabilitation Services,.

“Laura and I have always been aware of the privilege it is to live in the McPherson community with our professional healthcare providers,” Lonny said. “When we learned that our hospital was pursuing its own MRI unit, we wanted to share in the acquisition of this state of the art diagnostic tool. We also know from experience that the images produced by McPherson Hospital’s new MRI are superior and desirable by healthcare providers locally and in other communities.”

Amy Bower, director of the McPherson Healthcare Foundation said, “The goal obviously could not have been reached without the generosity of everyone who contributed to its success. We continue to be grateful to this community for their dedicated support of our healthcare initiatives over the past several years.”