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The Board of Trustees of Dosher Memorial Hospital, 924 N. Howe St. in Southport, made a $10,000 donation from the hospital to the newly formed Dosher Memorial Hospital Foundation on Monday, May 3.
The purpose for the gift was to recognize the establishment of the Dosher Memorial Hospital Foundation and to publicly show its support for the new area healthcare foundation. The check passing took place during a ceremony at the beginning of the regular May board meeting of the hospital trustees.
“The development of a separate hospital foundation has been discussed by members of the Trustee Board and Dosher Hospital leadership for the past several years,” said Peggy Popelars, chair of the board of trustees. “Over the years, as the services of Dosher Hospital have expanded and its market area of influence has increased, it has become more and more apparent that there is a need for a separate nonprofit organization where charitable funds can be received and allocated to enhance the healthcare for all the people we serve in communities in and around the Smithville Township area.”
“All of us on the new Dosher Memorial Hospital Foundation Board count it a privilege to serve on the foundation board,” said Russ Thompson, chair of the Dosher Memorial Hospital Foundation Board. “We’ve all been touched in one way or another by the services and the people of Dosher Hospital. We feel this is our way of giving back to the hospital for the many wonderful things Dosher has done for us and for our community. We’re very grateful to the hospital and its trustees for this very generous gift.”
In addition to Thompson, other members of the newly formed foundation board include: Barbara Boland, vice-chair; Dick Marshall, treasurer; Bettie Thorne, secretary; hospital trustees Joe Agovino and Don Hughes; Mike Reaves, Howie Franklin, Ed Lewis, Dr. Joseph Hatem, John Lawrence and Southport Mayor Robert Howard. In addition, Dosher Hospital CEO Edgar Haywood III and CFO Dennis Coffey serve as ex-officio members, and the hospital’s community relations’ director Kirk Singer serves as the foundation’s executive director.
“Contributions can be made to the Dosher Memorial Hospital Foundation in any amount,” Thompson said. “Funds received by the foundation will be used to purchase lifesaving equipment, to help pay for healthcare programs and services, and to improve the hospital’s facilities. The Dosher Memorial Hospital Foundation is excited to be a part of supporting our community hospital and enhancing the quality of care for all the people Dosher Hospital serves.”