St. Luke’s Hospital receives grant for organizational planning from Polk County Community Foundation

Published 6:05 pm Friday, June 15, 2012

St. Luke’s Hospital recently announced the receipt of an organizational planning grant from the Polk County Community Foundation (PCCF). PCCF awards these grants from its unrestricted fund to enable local nonprofit organizations to conduct strategic planning or working retreats.
The focus of these grants is to help organizations develop long-range plans, improve their capacity to implement those plans and strengthen their ability to carry out their mission while improving the quality of life for the citizens of our community.
St. Luke’s will use the grant to fund a retreat during which the hospital and foundation trustees will work to identify, define and address the key milestones necessary to ensure the hospital’s long-term sustainability.
According to Meshelle Colvin, executive director of the St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation, “This planning session will place an emphasis on reviewing progress to date for fundraising and construction activities and discuss the long-term direction and needs of the hospital. This retreat for the combined hospital and foundation boards will be scheduled in late 2012, or early 2013, and provide an excellent opportunity for the foundation to optimally coordinate its support of St. Luke’s.”
For more than 84 years, St. Luke’s Hospital has served this area with medical services. Since 1991, the St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation has directly supported the hospital with fundraising activities, including planned giving, special fundraising events and grants.
Originally built in 1972, St. Luke’s Hospital will soon undergo its first major facility upgrade since 1991. It will start construction of a 15,000-square-foot, six-bed, post-surgical and rehabilitative therapy wing. In support of this effort, the hospital foundation has initiated a capital campaign, committing to provide $2 million of the estimated $5.6 million dollar cost. This is by far the foundation’s largest commitment since its creation.
“At this pivotal and demanding time in the hospital’s history, it is critical the hospital foundation optimize its use of available resources in support of the hospital,” hospital officials said. “The foundation’s proper planning for this current construction effort, as well as the long-term goals of the hospital, are unquestionably tied to the hospital’s viability.”
For additional information, contact Jennifer Wilson at 828-894-2693.
– article submitted
by Jennifer Wilson

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