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Employee-focused Fund Raising Campaign for Methodist Hospital Exceeds $1M Goal

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INDIANAPOLIS - The fund raising arm of Methodist Hospital has made history yet again by coordinating a successful employee-focused campaign to exceed its $1 million goal. On Friday, June 11 at 11 a.m., Methodist Health Foundation will host a special campaign wrap-up celebration to announce the final results of the foundation’s employee-focused fund raising campaign, "Lighting the Way: The Campaign for Methodist Hospital" which concludes this Friday.

As a special bonus for employees, this Friday’s campaign wrap-up celebration will be immediately followed by a morale-boosting, Methodist Hospital tradition: the employee bed races. For the bed races, employees from various departments within the organization will race against each other with makeshift hospital beds that have been designed, decorated and built for speed. The wrap-up celebration and the subsequent bed races will take place on the corner of 15th and Missouri St., just south of the Methodist Hospital campus.

Thanks to the more than 700 employees who have contributed gifts to the campaign launched by Methodist Health Foundation on March 2, 2010, the employee-focused campaign was able to meet its goal on the morning of Wednesday, June 9.

"I’m so proud to be an employee and to join the many employees who made a sacrifice so that they could be a part of ensuring the future of Methodist Hospital," says Samuel L. Odle, FACHE, president and chief operating officer of Methodist Hospital and executive vice president and chief operating officer of Clarian Health. "I am grateful to each and every employee who helped with the campaign or made a gift - large or small."

Jane Manning, MSN, RN, nursing retention coordinator for Methodist Hospital, understands the importance of engaging employees in fundraising efforts. In addition to spending all 39 years of her nursing career working at Methodist Hospital and serving as the chair for this year’s employee fund raising campaign, Manning was the campaign chair in 1991 when Methodist Health Foundation became the first organization of its kind in the country to raise $1 million through an employee-focused fund raising campaign. Funds from that campaign went towards the construction of Methodist Hospital’s East Building, which allowed the hospital sufficient room to expand its pediatric critical care and rehabilitation units, emergency room services, maternity unit and comprehensive cardiovascular critical care offerings.

"The point is participation and we want to engage employees in all efforts to continue the historic mission of Methodist Hospital," says Manning. "Methodist is like a 'home away from home' for many of our employees and a large number of them can tell touching stories of their deep attachment to this hospital. This campaign gives us an opportunity to contribute to Methodist's future so that it will be around to serve patients with the most advanced care for another 100 years."

As they approach the end of their employee-focused campaign, Methodist Health Foundation officials indicate that contributions are still pouring in as more employees are signing up to give before the campaign finale.

"It’s not unusual for us to get a surge of donations near the end of a fund raising campaign, so we’ll see what happens over the next few days," says Michael Ault, development officer for Methodist Health Foundation. "It is truly amazing how generous people can be for a cause they believe in."

But the employee-focused phase of the campaign is just one part of a larger effort and philanthropic partnership led by the Methodist Health Foundation to engage employees, physicians, hospital leadership and the community in supporting clinical operations at Methodist Hospital.

"The employee phase is the cornerstone for the rest of the campaign. It is vitally important for us to be able to tell the community that the employees of Methodist support the hospital," says Betty Stilwell, president of Methodist Health Foundation. "The demonstration of support by employees for the future of Methodist Hospital was never in doubt - every day we see and hear evidence of employee devotion to Methodist - and yet we are so thankful for the outpouring of generosity."

After this Friday’s wrap-up celebration, Methodist Health Foundation will focus on the next phase of the campaign, which includes physician outreach and a communications blitz in the community, followed by the public campaign phase, during which corporate gifts will be sought, as well major gifts from philanthropists within the state of Indiana.

The overall campaign seeks to raise $100 million to support the construction of the hospital's proposed critical care bed tower and fund fellowship endowments for physicians and nurses.

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About Clarian Health - As a preeminent leader in clinical care, education, research and service, Clarian Health is Indiana's most comprehensive academic medical center and one of the busiest hospital systems in the United States. Based in Indianapolis, Clarian is comprised of multiple hospitals and health centers throughout the state and maintains a strong partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine–the nation's second largest medical school and a global leader in medical education and research.

About Methodist Health Foundation - Methodist Health Foundation exists as the steward of charitable support for Methodist Hospital whose mission is to improve the health of our patients and community through innovation and excellence in care, education, research and service. Founded in 1982, the Methodist Health Foundation has served as the fundraising arm of Methodist Hospital for more than a quarter of a century. Thanks to generous donors, grateful patients and friends of the hospital, Methodist Health Foundation administers more than 525 funds that benefit the hospital’s dedicated doctors, nurses and allied health professionals in their pursuit of preeminent patient care while at the same time strengthening key programs within Clarian. A majority of the funds go towards supporting clinical efforts in areas such as critical care, research, medical education, cardiovascular, nursing, neuroscience, trauma and transplant.

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