St. Luke in-house building campaign called a success

St. Luke Hospital?s Family Gifts Division campaign has been declared a success by hospital officials.

Each member of the St. Luke Foundation and St. Luke Hospital boards have made pledges to the ?St. Luke Hospital Foundation: A Healthy Invest?ment in Your Future? campaign.

Before each board member contributed, hospital employees had raised more than $108,000 in November for the $6.5 million renovation project. St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary then pledged $125,000.

Janet Herzet, foundation director and Family Gifts Division chair, said she was proud of the SLH ?family,? which has donated a total of more than $350,000 to date.

?I am amazed every day at the level of commitment from our hospital family members,? she said. ?It really is special to see the goals we can accomplish when working together.?

Herzet added that St. Luke is excited about the impact the project will have on Marion?s future.

?We wanted to let the community know how incredibly dedicated we are to being the health-care provider of choice, as well as an employer of choice in Marion County,? Herzet said.

?We wanted the public to see our example before we came to the people for help.?

Plans for the building project continue to progress; ground-breaking is set for this spring, with an 18-month timeline to completion.

Jeremy Armstrong, St. Luke chief executive officer, continues to hold weekly luncheons open to the public, where he talks about the proposed plans, as well as health care on national, regional and local levels.

The luncheons, where meals are provided free of charge, are typically on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the clinic basement.

For more information on times and dates, or to sign up to attend a luncheon, call the campaign office at 620-382-2165.

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