Workplace Giving Campaign Increases
WINFIELD, Ill., March 12, 2009 - As news of a bleak economy looms, employees of Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) and its affiliated organizations still dug deep in their pockets to help others during the annual employee giving campaign. The 2008 results, a record breaking $294,156 for DuPage charities, were recently announced.
"These employees give of themselves to assist in the care of others every day," said Executive Vice President Jim Spear. "I am extremely proud to work with people who are so charitable."
Programs supported by the United Way of DuPage Area (UWDA), the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association all received significant donations from the employees and friends of Central DuPage Hospital, CNS Home Health & Hospice, Wyndemere Senior Living, Westbridge Assisted Living, Wynscape Nursing & Rehabilitation and the Central DuPage Health Foundation.
More than 1,200 Central DuPage Health employees, board members and physicians reached deep - that's up four percent from last year - and collected $220,617 on behalf of the 2008 Central DuPage Hospital Workplace Giving Campaign. Adding $73,539 to the charitable total with matching funds, Central DuPage Health Foundation distributed $294,156 directly to local charities.
"Naturally, as we are facing an uncertain economy, I was concerned at the launch of our campaign, but without hesitation we rose to the challenge because we understand these organizations need our help more than ever. I am so thankful we are able to assist them," shared Holly Kulikowski, annual programs manager, Central DuPage Health Foundation.
Employees selected to direct their financial support by percentage to the cause of their choice: American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, UWDA or to the programs most needed at Central DuPage Hospital. If the Hospital was selected, funds will be distributed across the CDH network through the Foundation to support programs like senior health services, health care for the home bound and pediatric programs. The American Cancer Society received more than $57,000, the American Heart Association received $37,000 and $34,000 will support United Way of DuPage Area programs.
"The generous support of the employees of Central DuPage Hospital will make a lasting difference in the fight against cancer in DuPage County," explained Chris Hensley, regional vice president, American Cancer Society. "These funds enable the American Cancer Society to offer critical services to people fighting cancer."
United Way of the DuPage Area (UWDA) works with CDH consistently to address the health issues of DuPage County's many families currently living at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. "Through the generosity of Central DuPage Hospital, UWDA can continue to help meet the needs of the medically uninsured, which is one of DuPage County's fastest-growing populations," said Christine Lewis, chief professional officer, UWDA.
Over the past eight years, the Central DuPage Health Foundation has distributed nearly $2 million to local charities though the Central DuPage Hospital Workplace Giving Campaign.
About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago. CDH is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer robotic-assisted surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery with bio-engineered bone protein and was the first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in DuPage County.
Recently, CDH was recognized for the second consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report on the list of Best Hospitals in the orthopaedics category.
The hospital is part of an interdependent network of health-care organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. For more information or to find a doctor on the CDH medical staff, visit www.cdh.org or call 630-933-4CDH (4234)/ TTY 630-933-4833.
Amy Jo Steinbruecker
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