continued Elizabethtown Community Hospital, like any non-profit organization, appreciates the generosity of individuals within the local communities. This hospital ensures that gifts from the community enhance or increase healthcare services at the main hospital facility and its community-based health centers.
Some organizations count on annual contributions to help balance a budget deficit; but that is not the case at ECH.
“We don’t do that because it can lead to a future shortfall and distort future planning. In addition, this hospital is financially well-managed,” said Hooper. “Gifts received during the hospital’s annual campaign are put toward additional equipment, patient care items or a specific purchase.”
“Healthcare is one area that is often a target of federal budget reduction,” said hospital CEO Rod Boula. “Grant funding for various initiatives, along with reductions in payment from Medicare and Medicaid to hospitals are shrinking. Hospitals like ours undertake annual fundraising initiatives to maintain the ability to develop new services for patients.”
Tax-deductible contributions to the hospital can be made electronically through its website at ech.org or by check made payable to Elizabethtown Community Hospital. Checks should be sent to: ECH Community Relations Department, P.O. Box 277, Elizabethtown, N.Y. 12932. The campaign runs through Dec. 31.