About Our Foundation

Committees that impact our patients

The four committees of the Development Council address and focus on community areas of need and interest so that both the communities served and the hospital can benefit from mutual collaboration.

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The Planned Giving Committee

The Planned Giving Committee, as a public service, offers free public seminars regarding Estate Planning and other planned giving matters. This committee also sponsors free public seminars on topics such as Medicare changes, long-term care or nursing home insurance coverage, and other educational areas of interest to the public. It will even provide estate planning assistance for donors who wish to take advantage of this service.

In addition to the efforts of this committee, the Foundation has offered FREE estate planning via its executive director and a specialist who has been coming to the hospital every month since 2009. All meetings are confidential and free, and without obligations of any kind, and appointments may be made by calling 812-996-8426.

Business & Industry Committee

The Business and Industry Committee’s main purpose is to provide a direct communication link between the business - industrial community – retail community and hospital President and CEO, Kyle Bennett. This group has discussed insurance coverage, health issues such as smoking, obesity, and wellness, along with other topics of concern. This committee is ever vigilant with regards to health care legislation and its impact on both local businesses and the hospital.

Annual Support Committee

The Annual Support Committee deals with fund-raising events that occur on a regular basis. Events such as the Topaz Gala, the Memorial Hospital Foundation/Sultan’s Run Charity Golf Classic, the annual year-end appeal, and other cyclical events fall under the responsibilities of this group. This committee is also charged with finding new and varied ways to create friends while raising funds for the Foundation.

Community Outreach Committee

The fourth committee that functions within the Development Council is the Community Outreach Committee. This group is responsible for planning and hosting educational health events for the general public and school-age children. Working in coordination with the hospital’s Health and Wellness staff and Faith Community Nursing, this committee works to create a better quality of life by teaching the community how to make better health and safety choices.

Plans are also underway to form more committees in the future including a Special Prospects Committee and a Hospital Employee Committee. In short, we want to involve all of our friends and constituents to help the Foundation and Hospital meet the needs of the communities we serve.

HOPE Garden

During 2016, the Helping Other Produce Enthusiasm (HOPE) Garden grew and distributed over 3,300 pounds of fresh vegetables to more than 715 families in six area counties. This project evolved from the Catholic Health Association and Practice Greenhealth’s MISSION BASIS for ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY whose mission was: “… to act responsibly toward the environment in order to show our respect for all creation and to promote the health of our communities and the world... “

Because the Foundation was gifted tillable acreage about six years ago, it was decided to plant a two to three acre ‘volunteer’ garden and have the produce go to food insecure areas where good nutrition was lacking. In addition to supplying needed foodstuffs, the Foundation would be able to address the Affordable Care Act’s emphasis on “Population Health” by providing quality, healthy food to those in need. Working primarily with a corps of community volunteers, all planting, weeding, picking, cleaning, weighing, and distribution is coordinated by a Master Gardener.

In addition to the 2016 outdoor growing success of the HOPE Garden, Superior Ag of Huntingburg donated ten Aeroponic Towers so that the healthy vegetable growing could continue indoors during the fall and winter months.

If anyone is interested in helping with the garden, please call 812-996-8426!