Hospitals keep fighting the funding battle
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Brown could be right about the fundraising, according to Margaret Carpenter, president of St. John’s’ Development Board, which raises money for the hospital through events and donations. “At the moment, I think it hasn’t affected us, and we are continuing with the fundraising,” said Carpenter, a Lawrence resident who got involved with St. John’s in 1983 and has been a hospital trustee for more than 25 years.
Carpenter said that this year’s annual Ocean Walk, on Aug. 22, raised $37,500 — a small drop from last year, but, she added, “We think it’s excellent.”
The Development Board has been successful in its money-raising efforts, Carpenter said. It collected more than $235,000 at the annual Chrysanthemum Ball, which was held in April after being postponed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. That money will be allocated to St. John’s’ emergency, surgical and intensive care services. This year, a new event, a casino night, will be held on Nov. 2 at the Sands at Atlantic Beach. Proceeds will benefit the Eric Matza Outpatient Imaging Suite. Matza, who died in May, was St. John’s’ development director.
The board also made good on its obligation to support the hospital’s planned expansion of its emergency department. “We pledged $300,000, and have paid all we pledged,” Carpenter said, adding that the board is also purchasing five new wheelchairs for the department.
North Shore LIJ
Even a large health system such as North Shore LIJ, which operates 16 hospitals, including Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream, has seen its fundraising level off at just under $100 million over the past four years, according to Ralph Nappi, the president and founder of North Shore’s Foundation. Nappi called that a “disappointment” in light of all the work the foundation does.
“It’s more difficult to raise money due to the economy,” said Nappi, explaining that the health system raises money through a combination of events organized by outside charity organizations and its hospitals, appeals to individual donors and foundation grants, and hosts a system-wide dinner every five years as well.