Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation revisits some of its top achievements in 2019 and looks forward to a strong year ahead
Pictured from left to right are Patrick Gavin, President and CEO, Hunterdon Healthcare; Phil Beekman, Senior Vice President, Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation; Chip Paillex, President and Founder, America’s Grow-a-Row; Katie Benson of Briarwood Farm; Candice Teuber, Chair, Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees; and Jim Hughes, President and CEO of Unity Bank. At the gala, Paillex, Benson and Hughes were recognized with the Spirit of Hunterdon for their work benefiting the community.
Ever since it was first founded in 1953, Flemington-based Hunterdon Healthcare System has proudly and successfully provided quality, affordable, and accessible health care to more than 500,000 residents throughout Hunterdon County and parts of Somerset, Warren, and Mercer counties in New Jersey as well as Bucks County, Pa. None of this would be possible without the generous donations that help fund the system’s many critical initiatives, programs, and services at its signature 178-bed community hospital, Hunterdon Medical Center, or numerous satellite facilities each year – and 2019 proved to be no exception.
“It’s incredible and particularly heartwarming to know that so many in our community care so much for our Health System and the people we serve,” shared Phil Beekman, senior vice president of Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation, the fundraising arm for Hunterdon Healthcare System. “With their support, we were able to secure more than $3.6 million in donations, ensuring that we can continue to provide the utmost in high quality, compassionate, and cost-effective health care services to our community.”
According to Beekman, Hunterdon Healthcare received more than 4,000 donations from 2,500-plus donors that totaled more than $3.6 million in donations in 2019. These funds helped to support a wealth of critical and beneficial services and capabilities throughout Hunterdon Healthcare System, including the following:
- Hospice and Bereavement Programs – Funds supported the provision of hospice services, including education for staff and nurses to ensure that they can provide the greatest level of care to their patients. “Donations also helped support initiatives such as our youth art bereavement program, which uses the creative medium of art to help children explore and express their grief and focuses on teaching children healthy coping skills for dealing with their grief,” Beekman said.
- Nutritious Food Programs – Donations enabled Hunterdon Healthcare to continue combatting food insecurity in the community through such programs as its ‘Produce Prescription,’ which provides fresh fruits and vegetables to diabetes patients who can’t afford them. “In addition, NORWESCP Food Bank’s ‘Backpack Program’, which the Foundation supports, sends kids who are experiencing food insecurity home for the weekend with a supply of nutritious food and drinks in a discrete manner that avoids them being singled out among their peers,” Beekman said.
- Wellness and Financial Support – “Thanks to donations, Patient Assistance funds help ensure that patients dealing with a cancer diagnosis as well as those who are financially vulnerable receive quality life-saving medical treatments, wellness resources, and important non-medical support,” Beekman said.
- Critical Capital Upgrades – “Expanding and upgrading our facilities allows Hunterdon Healthcare to provide a greater number of programs and services to a growing community in need in the most high-quality way possible,” Beekman said. According to Beekman, donations enabled the health care system to pursue such critical capital improvements in 2019 as the renovation of several inpatient units at Hunterdon Medical Center, an effort that remains ongoing, as well as expansion of the system’s Phillips-Barber Family Medicine practice in Lambertville and Briteside Adult Day Center in Flemington.
- Nursing Education and Support – “Hunterdon Healthcare’s more than 500 nurses — our largest workforce entity — are on the front line of patient care every day,” Beekman said. “Contributions from the community have helped provide continuing education and development programs for these invaluable members of our health care team.”In today’s competitive health care landscape, “Hunterdon Healthcare is committed to keeping pace with changes in health care delivery, investing in technologies for improved patient care and safety, and remaining dedicated to looking ‘beyond the expected’ to improve the wellness of our patients and the quality of life in our community,” Beekman said. “To that end, and along with the many programs and services we support annually, 2020 will be an especially productive and positive year in which we’ll be actively seeking the community’s support in helping us to upgrade/expand the facilities at our Phillips-Barber Family Medicine practice in Lambertville and Briteside Adult Day Center in Flemington as well as within Hunterdon Medical Center’s Emergency Department and operating rooms.”
“Now in our 67th year,” Beekman concluded, “Hunterdon Healthcare remains committed to its mission of delivering the utmost in community health and we’re excited for local residents to join with us as we continue to make an indelible difference in the community.”
For more information, contact Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation at (908) 788-6141 or visit foundation.hunterdonhealthcare.org to make a gift today.
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