UH Geneva Community Christmas Card

A Local Tradition that has Saved Lives for More Than Fifty Years

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Community Christmas Card: UH Geneva leaders and committee members Terri Vincent and Cathy Brashear in 2022

The Community Christmas Card is an enduring holiday tradition that has saved local lives for more than 50 years. Generations of families, organizations and businesses have added their names to the greeting by making a donation to help purchase state of the art medical equipment for UH Geneva Medical Center’s Critical Care Unit.

Since the Community Christmas Card was founded in 1970 by Margery Martin and Patricia Merrell, community members have contributed more than $400,000 to the fund. The Community Christmas Card Committee has included: Margery Martin, Patricia Merrell, Jean Walker, Jennifer Marrison, Gyla Castle, Judith Robson, Lisa Demshar, Judith Pearson, Kay Raymond, Tracy Clutter, Marianne Sezon Dana, Jane Bowser, Candy Urcheck and Janey Jones. The 2023 committee includes: Allison Anderson, Cathleen Brashear, Karen Cordova, Anne Corlew, Annette Fobell, Tiffany Miller, Polly Parker, Janice Perala, Jennifer Restad, Tammy Sabin, Dana Schenk and Terri Vincent.

History of the Geneva Christmas Card

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1974: Janie Burkholder, 18, mails her family’s contribution to the Community Christmas Card fund.
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1992: Janie Burkholder Spade, holding infant daughter Shana, offers her contribution with sons Shaun and Chadd to the fund at Geneva’s Andover Bank.

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More than four generations of support: Janie Spade and her family make their annual contribution to the fund online. Pictured with Janie are Kyle Henning Spade, Haley Spade and Shana Spade. Standing are Chadd Spade, Nora Spade, Christine Spade (holding Mason Spade) and Shaun Spade.
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2022: Janie Spade, Janey Jones, a Community Christmas Card Committee member for two decades, and Dr. Amitabh Goel look through scrapbooks archiving 53 years of community support.

Impact of Your Support

Contributions to the Community Christmas Card this year will help purchase a MAC VU360 EKG Workstationwhich will have a significant impact on the care we provide to our critically ill patients.

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MAC VU360 EKG Workstation

Coronary Artery Disease is a leading cause of mortality in patients resulting in many admissions to the Critical Care Unit at UH Geneva. Rapid identification of cardiac issues is critical to ensure timely care. Having access to a sophisticated Electrocardiogram (EKG) machine is vital to save time and ensure optimal care of a cardiac patient.

The MAC VU360 EKG Workstation will enable caregivers to make better informed cardiac care decisions, saving time and helping to improve outcomes. In addition, the machine will help us continue our focus on safety and Zero Harm and enable us to continue the tradition of high quality critical care to our community.

Make a Gift Today

When you make a donation before December 19, your name will appear on the annual Community Christmas Card to be published in the print editions of the following papers: December 23 edition of "The Star Beacon," December 27 edition of "The Gazette," December 28 edition of "The Courier" and December 29 edition of "The News."

"The continued tradition of generosity of the Christmas Card fund along with all of the devoted individuals involved with it will continue to touch the lives of the countless patients that come to receive care in the Critical Care Unit at University Hospitals Geneva Medical Center," explained Amitabh Goel, MD, FACS, Director of Critical Care, UH Geneva Medical Center.

Donations of any amount to the annual Community Christmas Card help support lifesaving equipment at UH Geneva Medical Center. Contact the UH Geneva Christmas Card Committee at communitychristmascard@gmail.com or 440-415-3911 with any questions or for additional info. 

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