Over the past 15 years, the Foundation has focused on securing philanthropic support for the most urgent and emergent health concerns facing our community. We’ve addressed the greatest health fears shared by our donors, life-threatening issues such as heart care, cancer care, GI care and most recently stroke care surpassing $11 million against out $10.5 mil goal.
Now we have the opportunity to step back and look at projects that have a different but very significant impact on our care for the community. We have two top priorities: the first requires us to look back, and the second to look forward.
In 1997, Our Mother-Baby Unit was last renovated – that was 23 years ago – and much has changed in aesthetics, equipment and practice over that time. Despite the outdated surroundings, our mother-baby outcomes are outstanding: Zero maternal mortality for the past 14 years and the lowest infant mortality rates in 27 years. The surroundings, configuration of rooms, lack of privacy, and lack of space for family involvement present a daily challenge
Our goal is to elevate the environment of care to match the extraordinary care our team gives to 1,100 babies delivered each year and the 2,600 emergency visits by pregnant mothers seen annually. Our campaign goal is $12.25 million. If we raise $6 million by May, Phase 1 can begin this summer. Learn more or help us reach that mark by giving today.
Our forward-looking project has an interesting tie to the Mother-Baby initiative. Ten years ago, a 31-year old father with two young boys arrived in our ER, thinking he had pulled a muscle while working out. In fact, he had suffered an aortic dissection, highly unusual in such a fit, otherwise healthy young man -- and often deadly. John Colontrelle immediately underwent open-heart surgery in the skilled hands of Dr. Cary Stowe and our heart team. John Colontrelle’s life was saved – and just one year later, his third son was born in our hospital. Our heart program, developed under the leadership of Dr. Stowe, has achieved outcomes that rival -- and in many cases exceed -- those of nationally renowned programs. But translate the word “outcomes” into people. John didn't lose his life. His 30-year old wife Emily didn't become a widow. His toddlers didn't lose their dad. This is why we aim to secure future leadership of the Welsh Heart Center, continuing Dr. Stowe’s legacy by recruiting and retaining top clinical leadership. We’re raising funds for Indian River's first-ever endowed chair, named in honor of Dr. Stowe. Our goal is $5 million and we've reached the halfway mark. To join in this effort, give today.
Thank you for your continuing support!