The St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation enjoyed strong support from the community last year, and had success on other fronts, according to a report from director Becky Conly at the foundation's annual general meeting on June 12.
A total of $313,000 in equipment was approved for purchase in the 2013-14 fiscal year, which ended on March 31. It's an increase of about $100,000 from the previous year.
Another $94,000 was not purchased last fiscal year, but has been included in the 2014-15 budget.
"The foundation has created a foundation application form to ensure all applications are streamlined through (hospital executive director) Greg Hoffort’s office, and all are approved and validated before coming into the foundation office," Conly said in her report. "This has worked very well, and we will continue to do this."
The hospital received about $320,000 worth of donations, and raised another $189,000.
"Fundraisers were a huge success," said Conly. "We will continue to grow our Festival of Trees event, which was proven to be our largest fundraiser."
The inaugural Festival of Trees was held in November.
Their annual Radiothon for Life in March surpassed the $52,000 mark, and they received support through an auction during the Eve of Destruction at the Estevan Motor Speedway.
The foundation has also embarked on a revitalization campaign for the hospital, in which the naming rights for many components of the hospital are for sale.
Conly is hopeful that they will have a successful lottery next fiscal year, and they will continue to have third party fundraisers.
They will also continue to attend events such as Estevan Bruins games and speedway races to boost awareness.
The Angels Among Us and Star is Born programs have seen a large increase in participation due to new marketing and advertising products, and strong relationships with the staff in those departments.
The foundation has also created a new donor stewardship program, which will recognize all donors who contribute at least $5,000 on an annual basis, she said. This will include a semi-yearly newsletter in August and January, website recognition, an annual donor appreciation night, a certificate of appreciation and a donor wall for the hospital's main atrium.
Conly is also pleased that the goal of bringing more physicians to the foundation's clinic, located at the south end of the hospital, will be realized in June when the Estevan Medical Clinic relocates to the foundation's clinic.
The foundation has developed a large following on social media through its Facebook and Twitter feeds, and Conly said the foundation uses these social media outlets on a regular basis to promote the foundation, its events and the St. Joseph’s Hospital.