A celebration of support: Philanthropy strengthens LMH Health

Published on January 17, 2022

A celebration of support: Philanthropy strengthens LMH Health

Donors to the LMH Health Foundation committed a near record amount of philanthropic support to benefit LMH Health patients, programs and initiatives throughout 2021.

“LMH Health provides so much to the people who live in the greater Douglas County region, and we are pleased to support these efforts in any way that we can,” said Jeff Weinberg. Jeff and his wife Mary have provided support to many important projects, both this year and throughout the many years of his involvement with the Foundation as a donor and board member. “There are so many worthwhile initiatives that will impact patients and their families for years to come. We are thrilled to be a part of this success.”

Donors provided nearly $3.8 million of support over 2021, a year in which the hospital marked its 100th anniversary.

“As we celebrated LMH Health’s centennial anniversary this year, we have been humbled to see the investment our community continues to make in its hospital,” said Rebecca Smith, LMH Health Foundation executive director and LMH Health vice president of strategic communications. “As healthcare evolves across our country and right here at home, donors ensure the foundation is positioned to be an innovative, collaborative partner for LMH—one that’s committed to improving health and healthcare for every single member of our community.”

Becki Dick, who served as the Foundation’s board president in 2021, acknowledged the year wasn’t without its challenges.

"While the pandemic made it difficult to host in-person events and gatherings, our community has come together in new ways to provide a nearly record level of philanthropic support,” said Dick. She and husband Gary are longtime and generous donors. “We are grateful for the commitment our donors have shown to their hospital and to its purpose of delivering exceptional health care for all."

Becki Dick, Board President, LMH Health Foundation

2021 marks the Foundation’s second-most successful fundraising year in its 51-year history.

This accomplishment, which comes on the heels of the $4.2 million record set in 2019, was made possible by hundreds of donors who supported a number of major initiatives, including:

A second Cardiac Catheterization Lab

  • In 2021, donors helped the Foundation meet its fundraising goal of $1.3 million toward a second lifesaving heart catheterization lab at LMH Health.
  • The $1 million challenge to donors from Dana and Sue Anderson set the stage for success: “I am deeply grateful to our community members for stepping up to this critical initiative. It’s important to keep our nonprofit hospital strong,” said Dana Anderson.
  • Construction on the lab will likely begin in 2023.

Cancer Center expansion and renovation

  • LMH Health Cancer Center PatientDonors have already contributed more than $3.2 million toward the expansion and renovation of the LMH Health Cancer Center. Plans for the project will nearly double the program’s existing space at the hospital’s Maine Street campus.
  • Earl Reineman, major and planned gifts manager for the Foundation, said the amazing philanthropic response from the community has been wonderful: “Everyone, including our oncologists, are excited and honored to be a part of this important initiative,” said Reineman. “Ensuring our facilities reflect the top-notch care delivered therein—that’s the goal of the expansion project.”
  • Gail Vick, Foundation board member, cancer survivor and supporter of the project—along with her husband Kevan—said, “The best thing about being treated at LMH is that you are treated like a person; every staff member is caring and kind, and patients are treated with dignity and respect.”
  • Efforts to support this initiative will continue into 2022; the Foundation’s goal is to raise as much of the anticipated $7-10 million cost as possible.

Health Equity Advancement Fund

  • This newer fund has supported the LMH Health Summer Leadership Academy, a program for local high school students, as well as educational opportunities for LMH Health employees and the greater community.
  • “As part of LMH Health’s commitment to better serve all populations in our community, we are increasing our focus on health equity,” said Erica Hill, who serves dual roles as the Foundation’s director of finance & strategic initiatives and the hospital’s director of equity, inclusion and diversity. “Our goal is to directly address social determinants of health through education and community partnerships, and we’re excited to continue this work in 2022.”

Help & Healing Fund

  • Help and Healing Fund supports patientThis fund helps patients in need with expenses for medications, medical equipment or other necessities for healing and recovery after a hospital stay—including transportation to follow-up appointments.
  • In 2021, the Help & Healing Fund supported 612 community members.

Over the last five years, the Foundation has distributed nearly $17 million to support LMH Health programs and care in the community, including direct patient care, education, hospital programs, equipment and services.

“We are so lucky to live in a community that recognizes the quality and importance of the work at LMH Health,” said Vick. “As we close out our centennial year, we do so with a renewed commitment to the philanthropic support that created our hospital a century ago.”