The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Dr. Amitabh Goel, Director of Critical Care and Chief Medical Officer at
UH Geneva Medical Center; Janey Jones, a Community Christmas Card committee member; and Janie Spade, a UH Geneva Medical Center patient access representative, look through the Community Christmas Card scrapbooks.
Since 1970, members of the Geneva community have contributed more than $300,000 to the Community Christmas Card Fund, which benefits the critical care unit at UH Geneva Medical Center. In 2016, donations totaled a record-setting $14,000 to purchase Capnoflex capnography modules, technology that helps with the continuous monitoring of carbon dioxide levels for patients requiring ventilation.
Past donations have been used to purchase medication infusion systems, electrocardiographs, EKG monitors and much more. Each piece of equipment carries a special tag indicating that it was purchased by Geneva-area community members.
Although the Community Christmas Card Fund traditionally accepts contributions between Thanksgiving and Christmas, donations are accepted throughout the year on the UH Geneva Medical Center website. Donations to the 2017 fund will purchase a Patient SafetyNet System, a remote monitoring and clinician notification system.
"We are the first medical center in Ohio to implement this safety technology," said Amitabh Goel, MD, Director of Critical Care and Chief Medical Officer at UH Geneva Medical Center. "This will take our commitment of safe care for our patients to an even higher standard," he added.
When you make a donation before the December deadline, your name will appear on the 2017 Community Christmas Card, to be published on Christmas Eve in the local Star Beacon newspaper.
"The most beautiful thing about this community tradition is that any contribution is welcome and adds a name to the card," said Jan Perala, a longtime Community Christmas Card committee member. "Everyone, regardless of circumstance, can be a part of this effort to save lives."
Make a contribution to the 2017 Community Christmas Card Fund.