News and Events - 2010 News Archive
Dr. Ann Wendecker & Trudy Rupska Receive Weinbaum & Baur Awards
October 14, 2010
Dr. Ann Wendecker and Trudy Rupska were recently presented with Union Hospital Foundation's Weinbaum and Baur Awards, respectively. The Weinbaum and Baur Awards, presented to two recipients annually, are the most prestigious honors given by Union Hospital Foundation. They were both honored for their leadership and contributions to Union Hospital and the patients it serves.
2010 Annual Drive Exceeds Goal
The 2010 Friends of Union Hospital Annual Drive has exceeded the goal $120,000.
Guardian Angels to be Honored at To Your Health
To Your Health
A dinner and wine tasting honoring Union Hospital care providers who have been named Guardian Angels
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
6 to 8 p.m.
O'Shaughnessy Dining Room
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
Children's Classic Run Bring Fun, Crowds to Downtown Terre Haute
The Children's Classic Run is an annual one mile fun run that raises funds for Union Hospital's Pediatric Therapy Department. The 2010 run was held on Saturday, September 25, 2010 and partnered with the festivities of the Terre Haute Street Fair as well as the Grand Opening of the new Terre Haute Children's Museum.
It was a record year for Children's Classic Run in terms of sponsorships. Thirty different community sponsors and several other contributors generously supported the 2010 run.
Over 500 runners, in kindergarten through eighth grades, registered for this year's run that started and ended at the intersection of 9th and Cherry Streets in downtown Terre Haute. Cash prizes were awarded to area schools based upon their student participation in the Children's Classic Run. Among schools with 450+ students, the winners were Dixie Bee, Riley, and Lost Creek, respectively. Among schools with less than 450 students St. Patrick's, Fayette, and Hoosier Prairie took top honors.
2010 Friend's of Union Hospital Annual Drive Donor List
Union Hospital Foundation has launched its Friends of Union Hospital Annual Drive for 2010. It has been determined that the hospital's priority need at this time is the renovation of the Labor & Delivery area in Union West. Changes to this area will provide a better sense of privacy and comfort for expectant mothers and their families. According to Annual Drive Chair, John Dinkel, "The Annual Drive exists to help meet the emerging needs of the hospital and so many times the Friends of Union Hospital have responded to those needs. Over the years numerous initiatives have become a reality because of the support of the Friends of Union Hospital.
Click below for a listing of this year's donors.
Union Hospital Foundation Board Transitions
At the Union Hospital Foundation October board meeting a changing of the guard occurred as Cindy Martin concluded her three year commitment as Chair of the Board and Mark Fuson assumed the top leadership role for the Foundation. While Martin was at the helm over $2.5 million in funds was granted by Union Hospital Foundation. In addition, the Foundation hired Executive Director, Jim Bertoli, and launched the largest capital campaign that has ever been conducted at Union Hospital. The campaign, with a goal of $8 million, eventually raised almost $9 million to fund a portion of the construction of a new Union East facility and renovations to Union West.
2010 Annual Drive Benefits Labor & Delivery
Friends of Union Hospital are donors who give to the Foundation's Annual Campaign to help the hospital meet it's current and emerging needs. Each year members of the hospital administration team inform the Foundation of Union Hospitals most pressing financial needs and the Friends respond through annual charitable donations.
Thanks to "Friends" we are Changing Lives & Saving Lives
In the last two decades, Friends of Union Hospital have contributed $2.3 million to help Union Hospital meet its emerging needs. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to our past donors. Because of their generosity through the years, the hospital has been able to address numerous priority needs including the following:
* funding programs for mammograms to help women detect breast cancer
* enhancing treatment of cancer patients through the purchase of much-needed equipment
* providing scholarship assistance to local students to pursue health careers
* helping patients with their cardiac rehabilitation and testing
* enabling children in need of therapy through Pediatric Therapy
Eagle Riders Help Prevent Cancer
The Tribune Star, Letter to the Editor
Union Hospital Foundation would like to thank a group of very special people that have made a difference in our community. The Eagle Riders Motorcycle group, which is affiliated with the Terre Haute Fraternal Order of Eagles, conducted their 2nd Annual Eagle Riders Motorcycle Ride for Mammogram Assistance on Saturday, September 4th which resulted in over $3,600 for the Mammogram Assistance Fund for Union Hospital’s Clara Fairbanks Center for Women. The Mammogram Assistance Fund provides support for women who do not have some type of insurance coverage or other resources for tests.
Union East Chapel Dedicated in Memory of Robert Westrup
On Saturday, September 25, 2010 the Union Hospital East Chapel was dedicated in memory of Robert Westrup. The dedication was celebrated during a private family service and dinner.
Weinbaum and Baur Dinner - October 12, 2010
Dinner presentation of the Weinbaum and Baur Awards to be held on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at the Country Club of Terre Haute. By invitation only.
6:15 p.m. - Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres
7:00 p.m. - Dinner
8:00 p.m. - Presentation of Awards
1st Annual Sporting Clays Classic a Success
A full field of 20 teams joined the Foundation at Terre Haute Sporting Clays Facility for Union Hospital's First Annual Sporting Clays Classic held on September 17th.
Union Hospital Foundation Packing Four Fundraisers Into September
TERRE HAUTE - What do you get when adding shotguns, volleyball, motorcycles and joggers together?
A very busy month for the Union Hospital Foundation.
"It's just called coincidence," foundation director Jim Bertoli said of September's jam-packed fundraising line-up. Some people have called him crazy for organizing into one month this year's Volleyball for the Small, Children's Classic Run, the Eagle Riders Mammogram Assistance Ride and a Sporting Clay Classic.
"And I'm not disputing that," he joked. "But you do it because it's the right thing to do."
Last year's inaugural Volleyball for the Small and the annual Children's Classic Run just happened to be in the same month, and the Eagle Riders motorcycle ride for charity is a Labor Day weekend event. This year, the addition of a sporting clay shoot capped off the month, providing something for everyone, regardless of age or field of interest.
Nationally, charitable giving is down as the grip of a disastrous economy tightens people's wallets, but Bertoli said he and others are continually surprised at the giving nature of the Wabash Valley. "I think all of the events are going to be a big success," he said.
Guardian Angels Take Flight
Tribune Star's September-October 2010 Edition of Valley Health
Many in the community knew Jerry Einstandig as a great community leader, a friendly face, and a generous giver. For these reasons and more he was the perfect selection as the Chairman of the largest capital campaign that Union Hospital has ever conducted, to fund the largest construction project that Terre Haute has ever undergone.
He led the Foundation through the “Distinctive Past…Exceptional Future” campaign in some of the toughest economic times in recent history and succeeded despite those challenges. Less than two years after the campaign began, Jerry stood at a podium in the newly constructed Union Hospital East to address the community and announce that the Foundation had exceeded its $8 million goal by almost $1 million. The success of the campaign was a testament to his volunteer efforts, but Jerry would be the last to admit that.
Just three months after he spoke at the open house, Jerry found himself again entering the hospital that he helped build, but this time as a patient. While Jerry and his wife Jo had always been believers in the quality care that Union provides, they would soon come to know of it firsthand.
Guardian Angel Gift Letter
Union Hospital Foundation's new Guardian Angel Program allows individuals the opportunity to honor a Union Hospital caregiver who went above and beyond the call of duty.
Below is an excerpt from a Guardian Angel letter that we recently received from Union Hospital employee and patient, Linda Sturtevant. Mrs. Sturtevant made gifts in honor of five Union Hospital employees:
Michelle Shackleford, ECA Emergency Dept.
Michelle responded quickly and professionally when I called for a nurse because a woman who had just entered the ER waiting area passed out and fell to the floor just a few steps from where I was standing. Michelle gave the initial care until a stretcher could be brought in to carry the patient into the ER for full medical care. [On a separate occasion] I observed Michelle performing additional duties. [She] did the extra work with balance, professionalism and an even temperament. She was cheerful and courteous to patients, family members and other staff. She also had an extra responsibility during this time of monitoring a new teen volunteer for a couple of hours. When Michelle is on duty one has confidence that things will go as smoothly as possible.
Neva McFarland, Chaplain's Office Coordinator & Carol Stidman, Patient Representative
Neva and Carol cared for the family of a man who died in the ER as a result of a motor vehicle accident. His 18 year old daughter had been driving when the accident ocurred. She was distraught and her mother was stunned. Neva came back to work to assist Carol with the family's needs. She worked with the wife to contact Ft Wayne relatives to come get the two women while Carol consoled the daughter who was grief-stricken.
Dr. Douglas Claybrook
Dr. Claybrook has cared for my husband and myself for over twenty years. We have both had procedures in the hospital in the past year that required his professional surgical expertise and on-going care. Because of Dr. Claybrook we have had a better quality of life.
Dr. Ravi Koduru
Dr. Koduru is a true guardian angel who monitors my health and keeps me in the best possible condition considering my age and sometimes not-so-wise choices.
I appreciate your awarding the Guardian Angel pins to the above competent professionals who make Union Hospital the place where compassionate medical and supportive care is given daily, no matter what the circumstances may be. It is truly a pleasure to work with and be cared for by these men and women.
A Service League of Her Own
Frances "Fran" Cole was born and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana. As a young child she recalls visiting her father's automobile dealership downtown at 6th and Walnut and frequent trips to Union Hospital with her mother, Anne Kidder Cole, who was on the hospital's board of directors. Because of her mother's longtime ties to Union, Fran notes that it was a natural decision for her to join the hospital's board after she, herself, was grown and married to prominent local businessman, Robert Westrup.
The Art of Living: Camp Bluebird Celebates 20th Anniversary
TERRE HAUTE — Sunshine spread across the water as campers cast out baited lines, waiting for fish to bite. Meanwhile, others played cards inside the dining hall, and performed yoga in the woods, as dozens of cancer survivors gathered at Camp Bluebird to practice the art of living.
Union Hospital Foundation Celebrates a Quarter Century
Not-for-profit corporation awards grants to support advances in medical care, promote health
TERRE HAUTE — The Union Hospital Foundation has touched many lives in the Wabash Valley over the past quarter century, often quietly and behind-the-scenes.
It celebrates its 25th anniversary Monday. Since 1985, the foundation has raised more than $26.4 million, with much of it used for medical equipment, programs and scholarships. Among the beneficiaries of its fundraising have been families with babies in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which provides medical attention to babies born prematurely or with other complications. The families, who often must travel long distances to be with their infants, have received financial assistance for food, gas and lodging.
Union Hospital Foundation Announces 2010-2011 Scholarship Recipients
The atrium of Union Hospital’s East building was the location of Union Hospital Foundation’s Scholarship Reception at which nearly $30,000 in scholarships were awarded to 22 individuals from the Wabash Valley. The scholarships provide opportunity for students seeking careers in health care such as nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, pre-pharmacy and other academic majors.
Union Hospital Foundation Launches New Guardian Angel Program
On the day of its 25th anniversary, Union Hospital Foundation announced the implementation of a new giving and recognition program at the hospital that provides grateful patients the opportunity to make monetary gifts in honor of their “Guardian Angel” caregivers. The new Guardian Angel program provides patients with a way to recognize the exceptional care they received at Union Hospital and honor those providing that care.
Sophia Erin Elissabeth Ranard was born April 6, 2007 at 30 weeks. Born
only weighing 3lbs and 4 oz, 15.5 inches long, Sophia needed extra
special care in order for her to survive. Union Hospital's Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit (NICU) allowed Sophia to stay close to home and
offered the care that she needed to not only survive but also thrive.
Children's Classic Run - September 25, 2010
Children's Classic Run Benefiting Pediatric Therapy - Saturday, September 25, 2010 - Terre Haute Street Fair (Downtown)
Children, kindergarten through eighth grade, will participate in the 2010 Children's Classic Run which benefits the Pediatric Therapy Unit. For the second year the run will be conducted in collaboration with the Terre Haute Street Fair in downtown Terre Haute.
The young patients of the Pediatric Therapy Unit receive therapy for conditions such as cerebral palsy and Down Syndrome to help them reach their full potential. Many of the children can receive only limited therapy sessions through their families' insurance or through Medicaid. The funds provided through the Children's Classic enable these boys and girls to receive therapy as soon as they need it and to receive all of the therapy sessions each child can benefit from.
Volleyball for the Small - September 23, 2010
"Volleyball for the Small" - September 23, 2010, Terre Haute North Vigo High School
Join the Terre Haute South and Terre Haute North Volleyball teams in September as they once again battle it out to benefit the babies of Union Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Last year the game raised $8,200 for the NICU.
Hundreds of tiny babies are lovingly cared for each year in NICU. In 2007, 28 sets of multiple births were delivered at Union Hospital. Along with the exceptional care given to these babies, the staff provides support and information to parents and families of preemies as well.
Union Hospital Sporting Clays Classic - September 17, 2010
Join Union Hospital Foundation on Friday, September 17th at the Terre Haute Sporting Clays facility for the first annual Sporting Clays Classic. The cost of the event is $150 per shooter or $700 for a 5 person squad. Each squad will also be provided a pro shooter for the event.
Sporting Clays Schedule
10 a.m. - Trap field open for warm up
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Registration
11:30 a.m. - Lunch
1 p.m. - Shoot
4 p.m. - Post event fun (cash bar, silent auction, raffle, shot gun giveaway)
Sponsorships ranging from $150 - $1,500 are still available for this event. Contact the Foundation office for more information, 812-238-7534.
Shoot benefits Union Hospital and Union Hospital Clinton.
Union Hospital Benefit Golf Tournament - June 4, 2010
The Union Hospital Benefit Golf Tournament will be held Friday, June 4, 2010 at the Country Club of Terre Haute. Last year's outing netted over $98,000 and the committee hopes to raise $100,000 this year to support medical advances within the hospital.