Union Financial institution has at all times prioritized giving again to the communities we serve. In truth, final 12 months we supplied significant assist to over 175 non-profit organizations all through northern Vermont and northern New Hampshire. From meals shelfs and Meals on Wheels, to neighborhood well being care suppliers and most cancers analysis, to low & moderate-income housing initiatives, to performing arts and youth sports activities, path organizations and extra. We perceive what a distinction generosity could make to our cities, it’s in our DNA — as a result of we reside right here, too. Every season we’ll dedicate an article that can give attention to among the nice work our non-profit companions have been as much as. On this piece, we spotlight Copley Hospital and Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital.
Copley Hospital in Morrisville, VT
Located only a mile or so from Union Financial institution’s headquarters in Morrisville, VT, Copley Hospital is a not-for-profit vital entry hospital that gives a novel mix of high quality, compassionate, customized, state-of-the-art medical care in a small, heat, pleasant setting. Copley has been named a High 100 Essential Entry Hospital; a HealthStrong hospital and has been named one of many High 50 hospitals in New England (primarily based on affected person satisfaction).
Union Financial institution has been a longtime supporter of Copley Hospital, having donated greater than $100,000 over the previous 5 years, and $600,000 since 1980. A number of of our officers and administrators have served on the Copley Board. Not too long ago Union Financial institution supported the acquisition of a brand new MRI and the development wanted to assist this new unit.
Copley’s MRI was about 5 years previous its lifespan and had been housed in a brief trailer, outdoors of the particular hospital constructing. Sufferers would test in to the hospital after which must bodily depart the constructing to get their imaging work executed. The MRI tunnel was very tight and for sufferers who’re claustrophobic, and even simply large shouldered, it was not a cushty place to spend half-hour. Sufferers have been usually directed to different hospitals for service that required extraordinarily excessive readability of pictures.
On the identical time, demand for MRIs has elevated dramatically. In about 5 years, Copley Hospital has gone from seeing 5-6 MRI sufferers per day to usually 10 per day. Fast advances in know-how have led to a higher adoption of MRI use throughout a large spectrum of persistent illness examinations, together with a number of sclerosis, breast most cancers and different illnesses the place early intervention will be key to lifesaving remedy.
In January Copley accomplished the commissioning of a model new, state-of-the-art Siemen’s MRI. The unit offers a lot sharper picture decision, significantly quicker picture processing and a extra snug expertise. Sufferers can watch films, or hearken to music whereas the machine is working. Transferring Copley’s MRI companies contained in the constructing and into its personal suite is a giant profit to sufferers and the Copley workforce. The gap from the Emergency Room to the MRI trailer was fairly a methods and sufferers who got here to the ER in want of an MRI to find out the scope of their accidents needed to be moved very cautiously. It’s a big asset to have the MRI positioned close to the ER and the Surgical Unit.
The Sieman’s MRI (the most recent in New England) now permits Copley Hospital to determine illnesses associated to orthopedics, backbone lesions, tumors, strokes and most cancers, in addition to illnesses impacting the mind and blood vessels. It has really been a recreation changer for the hospital.
To seek out out extra about how one can assist Copley Hospital, take a look at their web site, right here: https://www.copleyvt.org/support-copley/give-to-copley/
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury, VT
Positioned in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) is a sturdy rural well being system that features a 25-bed vital entry hospital, a number of major care clinics, specialty and surgical companies, delivery heart, and a 24-hour, physician-staffed emergency division. NVRH is devoted to bettering the well being of all folks within the communities it serves, and to offering compassionate palliative care. NVRH offers prime quality healthcare companies targeted on neighborhood wants on the lowest price per wonderful care.
Union Financial institution is a recurring supporter of NVRH. Throughout the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Union Financial institution participated in supporting Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital’s reduction fund. The fund enabled NVRH to fulfill rising wants, reminiscent of buying vital gear like protecting robes and masks, reconfiguring the hospital setting to higher take care of COVID-infected sufferers, and supporting employees who’re dealing with COVID-19 associated hardships.
“Early within the pandemic, we have been initially cautious about reaching out to the neighborhood for assist, from both people or companies,” says Emily Hutchison, Director of Philanthropy at NVRH. “Our neighborhood has at all times supplied an outpouring of assist and concern for our hospital and for well being care. Once we introduced the NVRH Covid Aid Fund to assist us meet our wants for brand new gear and respiratory provides, Union Financial institution supplied a beneficiant present. Additionally, with out us even asking, Union Financial institution donated our service provider processing charges again to NVRH throughout April, Might, and June 2020. This predated the CARES Act (Coronavirus Support, Aid, and Financial Safety Act) cash – earlier than hospitals knew what sort of funds can be obtainable,” she stated.
Previous to the pandemic, Union Financial institution had been devoted to being a neighborhood companion to NVRH. One of many early fundraising campaigns the financial institution supported for the hospital was to assist present the neighborhood with a most cancers heart established at NVRH, together with serving to fund a renovated delivery heart. Union Financial institution additionally helps with annual funding to assist assist NVRH’s provide of kit and provides.
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital has dependable amenities to supply their neighborhood with the care they want with out having to journey out of city to an inconvenient location as a way to be seen and handled.
NVRH depends on philanthropic items and donations from the neighborhood and native companies as a way to present their care and companies. The hospital realizes little revenue from its medical procedures and has slim working margins, so each greenback given goes towards assembly the well being care wants of the neighborhood. To offer assist, you may give to the NVRH Annual Fund. You can too go to the NVRH Giving web page on their website to be taught extra about methods you possibly can assist.