Hospital wraps up fundraising campaign with community support
Northern Light AR Gould Hospital recently announced that it has successfully reached its fundraising goal for telecardiac monitoring nine months ahead of schedule thanks to tremendous community support.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – Northern Light AR Gould Hospital recently announced that it has successfully reached its fundraising goal for telecardiac monitoring nine months ahead of schedule thanks to tremendous community support.“We are touched by the generosity of the community,” said Greg LaFrançois, President of AR Gould Hospital. “This new equipment will improve and expand our patient care capabilities. Our donors have understood the need and have mobilized considerably. »
The $220,000 raised is used to purchase a state-of-the-art heart monitoring system to replace the one that is currently aging at the hospital. It will also be used to expand the system to cover more patients.
Cardiac telemonitoring continuously monitors a patient’s heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and oxygen level. It enables healthcare providers to better understand patient conditions and make treatment decisions. It also gives early warnings of complications and emergencies.
Patients of all ages require monitoring, from newborns with growth difficulties to the elderly with congestive heart failure. Heart attacks, strokes, COVID-19 and many other conditions are monitored through this technology.
“This is life changing effective patient care,” said Seleipiri Akobo, MD. “It gives us real-time data and helps us respond to the dynamic nature of our patient care.
The fundraising campaign began in the fall of 2020, when Beverly Silver Bachrach donated $10,000 to the effort in memory of her father, Alex Silver. Bachrach now lives in Florida, but grew up in Almost Isle and enjoys supporting her childhood community.
Shortly after her donation, MMG Insurance joined us with a donation of $25,000. Other companies joined and made significant contributions including Huber Engineered Woods, Walmart, Northeast Packaging, Columbia Forest Products, Machias Savings Bank, KeyBank Foundation, and more.
Community members also donated gifts of all sizes. Two of these contributions followed Bachrach’s donation. Bob and Donna Umphrey, who had previously donated through their company, decided to make a second donation to match Bachrach’s. Donna Umphrey and Bachrach were childhood friends. Then Helen McConnell, Bachrach’s first-grade teacher, was similarly moved and made a donation in memory of Bachrach’s parents, Alex and Edith Silver.
Board members, leaders, managers, vendors and staff at AR Gould Hospital also supported the initiative. Many have taken the opportunity, like Bachrach, to honor or remember someone important in their own lives through donation.
In late 2021, the campaign came to a swift end when AR Gould Hospital received several major grants from the Davis Family Foundation, Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation, Robert Bruce and Beatrice Blacky Goodrich Trust, and Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, as well as more individual gifts, including another from Bachrach.
A full list of donors can be viewed at northernlighthealth.org/cardiacmonitoring,
After honoring his father’s memory with these campaign contributions, Bachrach sought an opportunity to do the same for his mother. She made a separate donation to pay for a specialist device that measures lung inflammation in asthmatics, as her mother had suffered from asthma her entire adult life.
“It’s a great feeling to know that the hospital will be able to help more people,” Bachrach said. “I intend to continue giving to AR Gould. I think my parents would be thrilled to see me supporting a place they cared so much about in their lives.
While cardiac telemonitoring equipment will soon be in place at the service of patients, there are always more needs at the hospital. Fundraising continues for ongoing needs in cancer care, patient assistance, workforce development and other areas.
For more information on donating to AR Gould Hospital, please visit northerlighthealth.org/giveARGould or contact Hollie Wolverton at 207-768-4250.