2013 Sharing Hearts Luncheon
Generous hearts made the 19th annual sharing hearts luncheon at Davenport’s Memorial Hall a success. Women from around Lincoln County donated over $17,000 to this year’s designated luncheon project, endowment fund, and nursing scholarship. This year $16,000 will be used to remodel and update rooms in the Transitional Care Unit.
“As they are now, the rooms look dated and drab,” said Cheryl Nelson, Patient Safety Coordinator at Lincoln Hospital. “The rooms should reflect the excellent care provided at Lincoln Hospital. Each room will cost around $7,000 to update artwork, paint, drapes, furniture and flooring. As a bonus, Lincoln Hospital will match all the money raised for the project.”
Special guest speaker, Kenn Nesbitt, entertained the group by reading poetry and talking about the importance of encouraging kids to read. Nesbitt, who lives in Spokane with his family, was named the 2013 Children’s Poet Laureate. After discovering his love for writing children’s poetry in 1994, Nesbitt gave up a lucrative job with Microsoft to pursue poetry and public speaking as a full-time job. Since then he has written a number of books and has been published in multiple magazines. Recently, he was awarded a contract with Scholastic Publishing for his next book. Nesbitt’s poetry and interactive website can be found at www.poetry4kids.com.
2014 Annual Spring Benefit
With over 15,000 news broadcasts to his credit, KREM 2 News anchor, Randy Shaw, entertained a crowd of 200 during the 7th annual Lincoln Hospital Foundation Benefit. Shaw shared stories of humor on the air and reflected on his experiences as a musician and author. As a supporter of the Honor Flight program, Shaw produced a record, “In Your Honor”. Proceeds from its sales go toward helping every veteran in America who is willing to visit their war memorial. Priority is given to survivors of World War II.
Because of Shaw’s involvement with the Honor Flight program, special guests for the evening were WWII veterans who have been or will be going on Honor Flight. Recognized were Les Camp, Myron Root, Bob Jones and Merritt Wood, all from Wilbur, and Joe Lilje, from Davenport. During Shaw’s speech he recognized the men from the “greatest generation” going on Honor Flight and asked all veterans to stand and be recognized. This week, close to 90 veterans were aboard the Honor Flight headed to Washington DC from Spokane.
The Foundation Benefit included a prime rib dinner, catered by Lakeview Catering, with beer, wine, and specialty sodas provided by Uncorked Country and Davenport Pharmacy. Local corporate sponsors made it possible for all donations to go toward this year’s Foundation project or the Endowment Fund.
“We are so thankful for the corporate sponsors and all the generous givers who made the dinner a success,” said Linda Wagner, Foundation Director.
This year’s project is the purchase of a new cart for the hospital’s laboratory department and the installment of bedside cardiac monitors. The monitors will allow nurses to better observe post-operation patients from the nurses’ station. Currently, nurses have to walk between the surgical department and the acute care unit in order to monitor these patients. The new equipment will increase efficiency, decrease disruptions for recovering patients, and aid nurses in their workload.
The new lab cart will allow for better patient interaction when lab staff are in patient rooms. Currently, staff have handheld caddies that are limited in what they can carry and there is often not an adequate space to place them in the room. The cart will make it easier for staff to have everything they need at hand and will easily roll in and out of patient rooms.
“Each year we ask the hospital what they are in need of while determining our annual project. Their needs are always centered around the patient,” Wagner, “Equipment and upgrades that make patient care more efficient and help the patient to be more comfortable and heal are always the focus. This year’s project is proof of that.”
The total cost of this year’s project is $15,600. To date, $13,000 was raised from the benefit event.