Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC), a not-for-profit Critical Access Hospital located in Windsor, Vermont, has received $25,000 from the Hospital’s Auxiliary. The funds were presented to Hospital CEO Dr. Joseph Perras at a luncheon in the Hospital boardroom on Friday, June 2, 2017, and represent the Auxiliary’s final payment on their pledge of $100,000 to the Positively Vital capital campaign.
“We literally could not do our work without the strong support of our Auxiliary,” said Dr. Perras. “These are people who care deeply about what happens here because they care about the health of our community—our physical health, social fabric and economic vitality. Their pledge represents the Auxiliary’s largest-ever commitment to our work, and we’re proud to recognize their contributions of time, funding and effort by naming the new Outpatient Physical Therapy Gym in their honor.”
Auxiliary board president Karen Hill expressed gratitude for the honor, saying “We’re grateful to be recognized, but we’re even more grateful to have such a center of medical excellence right here in our community. An understanding of Mt. Ascutney Hospital’s importance and potential has motivated generations of local citizens to join the Auxiliary in support of the Hospital’s essential mission. With the financial pressures faced by small hospitals today, our work to help ensure that the Hospital’s technology and facilities are up-to-date has never been more important—and our dedication has never been stronger.”
The Auxiliary has supported the Hospital for more than 65 years. Its members dedicate time to organizing fundraising events and projects, volunteer at the Hospital, and run the gift shop in the main lobby. Throughout its lifetime, the Auxiliary has donated more than $700,000 for projects aimed at ensuring the highest level of patient care.
Positively Vital: The Campaign for Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is helping to fund a $7 million capital improvement project dedicated to modernizing both Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor, Vermont and Ottauquechee Health Center (OHC) in Woodstock, Vermont. Upgrades at the Hospital, designed to advance medical services, enhance the patient experience, and ensure long-term sustainability of the facility, include the creation of the Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Center, converting acute care patient rooms to all private rooms, upgrading the pharmacy and more. OHC improvements include new medical equipment, furnishings, landscaping, and signage. More information is available at www.positivelyvital.org.
Pictured L to R: MAHHC Auxiliary President Karen Hill, Vice President Jean Martaniuk, and MAHHC President and CEO, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Joseph Perras.