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Why I Give

From Dream to Reality in 18-Months:

Bloomington Hospice House Provides Options for Southern Indiana End of Life Care

For many, the word “hospice” means “last-resort” or is described as the care received when there is “nothing left” to do. Driven by the understanding that hospice is actually “something more,” The Bloomington Hospital Foundation set out on a $3 million dollar fundraising campaign.

In less than 18 months, The Bloomington Hospital Foundation was able to raise more than $3,043,323 to break ground on a single-level, 11,000-square-foot craftsmen-style home on a 3.3-acre site.

This house provides a comfortable and caring environment to help patients and caregivers treasure each moment during life’s final journey. “Because of my wonderful experience with hospice during my wife’s final days, I wanted to do whatever I could to support the campaign,” said Winston Shindell who headed the capital campaign.

With a combination of generous community donations, ranging from $25-$250,000, inspired by individuals who shared their personal stories about hospice care in their personal lives, The Bloomington Hospital Foundation is elated to have opened the doors of the Hospice House to an estimated 400 patients and their families in 2011 alone.

When asked about those who gave to the Hospice House building fund, Shindell simply stated, “I cannot think of a better legacy for you to leave behind.”

“Healing Garden”

IU Health White Memorial Hospital Provides a Retreat Paved by Others

Studies have shown that natural environments can have a positive effect on patients. Creating a place with elements that represent life and health, features that stimulate the senses, and the feel of sunlight or a gentle breeze can be beneficial to patients, visitors and caregivers.

With the names of past patients etched into the walkway beneath their feet, current patients, visitors and caregivers can use a 111 square-foot “Healing Garden” formed on three sides by the walls of Indiana University Health White Memorial Hospital as part of the treatment process.

Many of the patients receiving treatment for cancer at IU Health White Memorial Hospital have the option to be treated outside in the garden thanks to a private patio adjacent to their room.

Simon Family

Donates $40 Million Dollars toward new Riley Tower

In early November 2007, Jackie and David Simon (Simon Property Group) donated $40 million to Riley Children’s Foundation in an effort to help Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health complete a new $475 million tower addition.

“Riley Hospital is one of the best children’s hospitals in the world,” Jackie Simon said. “We want to ensure that all Indiana children have access to the care Riley provides.”

The Simons’ donation is the largest philanthropic gift in the hospital’s 83-year history, helping to increase capacity by over 100 beds, expanding emergency room services and adding both an obstetrics unit for high-risk deliveries and a larger newborn intensive care unit.

“The Simon family’s gift transforms this campaign and the future of Riley Hospital,” said Kevin O’Keefe, president and CEO of Riley Children’s Foundation. “This significant gift allows us to reach even higher for Indiana’s children.”