In his dictionary of 1755, which began to organize the English language, Samuel Johnson’s definition of philanthropy went as follows: “Love of mankind; good nature.”
That still works for me. I am endlessly humbled and grateful at the way our community supports our hospital. People do give with love, and they give with such good will. It comes both in the form of financial donations and the devotion of folks who spend hundreds of hours every year volunteering on behalf of our patients.
For example, the SNMH Auxiliary has donated many dollars to support a variety of services while logging 675,000 hours of volunteer service since it was created in 1958.
The SNMH Foundation now contributes funding annually to support a variety of capital needs and other projects. Its 2012 Heart of Gold Campaign raised $200,000 for upgraded cardiac equipment as well as advanced training and education so that the hospital can start the process of applying for national accreditation as a Chest Pain Center. This campaign and others would not succeed without the generosity and caring of local individuals, families, and businesses.
Our business community works hard on behalf of our patients, and others who live here. Just weeks ago, The Union generously sponsored the Paint the Town Pink event and has aided in countless other ways. Local businesses that have partnered with the Hospital Foundation and that have given much include Ernie’s Van & Storage, AJA Video, Tri Counties Bank, Byer’s Leaf Guard, Quail Ridge Senior Living, Ray Morgan Company, State Farm Insurance, Mike Bratton, Reibe’s Auto Parts, In the Kitchen and El Dorado Savings Bank.
Community leaders who serve on our hospital and foundation boards give numerous hours, together with their own personal gifts. Our own employees are also donors.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a national publication, tells us that Nevada County ranks 530th in giving, out of America’s 3,115 counties. To me, that is remarkable. On average people in this county give four percent of their income to help meet community needs each year.
We are blessed by our neighbors who give and serve, who continually step up and deliver to keep our community — and our hospital — thriving. How can I describe my thanks for all of this heartfelt support, other than to say I am grateful from the bottom of my own heart. Thank You!