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Outstanding support from employees
By Kate Villars
As employees give to the Transforming Medicine Campaign in ever greater numbers, their support is making a real impact. DHMC's second annual Employee Giving Campaign wrapped up on August 31 with an outstanding show of support by staff. Almost 1,000 employees participated in the threemonth campaign with gifts totaling $285,470—more than doubling last year's Employee Campaign contributions.
"That's a tremendous response from those of us who know DHMC best," says Amy Schrom, director of annual giving and direct marketing for DHMC and DMS.
These results bring total employee giving to the Transforming Medicine Campaign to $26.5 million. That figure includes not only the extraordinary $20-million gift commitment from the late Dr. Peter Williamson and his wife, Susan Williamson, but also thousands of much smaller gifts that demonstrate the tremendous loyalty and dedication of DHMC's employees.
"Employees giving at all levels understand the critical role of philanthropy in this institution. They're really having an impact on the success of the Transforming Medicine Campaign," notes Brian Lally, vice president for development.
Seven staff members led this year's Employee Giving Campaign: Matt Choate, nurse unit leader in the pediatric intensive care unit; Christina Cole, surgery clerkship program coordinator; Nikki Gewirz, physician's assistant in orthopaedic surgery; Kyle Madigan, chief flight nurse with the Dartmouth- Hitchcock Advanced Response Team; Kelly Sheridan, administrative supervisor in care management; Jona Roberts, manager of engineering services; and Laurie Tostenson, training and quality assurance manager in housekeeping.
Their motivations for supporting the
Campaign ranged from the professional to the very personal. "We're very fortunate to have a leading academic medical center, where we can challenge ourselves professionally, in such a beautiful place," says Madigan."DHMC is vital for the health of the community and the region, and we're expanding our services and outreach farther than ever before. As employees,we have an opportunity to be part of that transformation."
"This is the hospital that I was born in and everyone in my family has been touched by," explains Tostenson. "As you walk down the malls and halls of DHMC, you meet your friends, family, and neighbors. What you do for others at DHMC comes back to you through your community. Why wouldn't I support DHMC?"
"I'm proud to support the Campaign," says Cole,"and to encourage my coworkers to give, because I'm so passionate about the work we do here. Like anyone else in this community, those of us who work here have a big stake in DHMC's success and an obligation to give back.
"I'm really pleased with the participation we've had," adds Cole, who was an Employee Campaign leader last year, too. "Next year I hope we'll double our employee giving again."
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Kate Villars is assistant director of development communications for DMS-DHMC.
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