Hospitals keep fighting the funding battle
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When North Shore LIJ acquires a hospital — most recently Lenox Hill in Manhattan, in 2010 — that facility’s fundraising efforts are brought under the foundation umbrella, Nappi said. “We pride ourselves on keeping costs down and raising a lot of money,” he said.
Elizabeth Nardone, vice president of Development for South Nassau Communities Hospital, said that fundraising for the Oceanside facility has not been impacted by closures of other hospitals, though the slow economy has eliminated one type of funding. “Prior to my coming here,” said Nardone, who has been at South Nassau for 13 years, “the hospital was getting grants from elected officials, discretionary earmarks. Now, no more.”
Nardone would not say how much the hospital raises, but she acknowledged that events, major gift-giving and government, corporate and private grants are all part of its fundraising strategy. “I think our fundraising is very stable,” she said. “There has been no push-back because other hospitals closed. The South Shore community sees the hospital as a resource, and since Sandy you can see how important a hospital in your own community is.”
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