Union Financial institution has all the time prioritized giving again to the communities we serve. The truth is, 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 tasks, 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 dwell right here, too. Every season we’ll dedicate an article that may concentrate on a number of 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 important 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 Prime 100 Essential Entry Hospital; a HealthStrong hospital and has been named one of many Prime 50 hospitals in New England (based mostly 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. Just lately 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 examine 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 extensive shouldered, it was not a snug place to spend half-hour. Sufferers have been usually directed to different hospitals for service that required extraordinarily excessive readability of photographs.
On the similar 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 expertise have led to a larger adoption of MRI use throughout a large spectrum of power illness examinations, together with a number of sclerosis, breast most cancers and different ailments the place early intervention might be key to lifesaving remedy.
In January Copley accomplished the commissioning of a model new, state-of-the-art Siemen’s MRI. The unit gives a lot sharper picture decision, significantly sooner picture processing and a extra snug expertise. Sufferers can watch films, or hearken to music whereas the machine is working. Transferring Copley’s MRI providers contained in the constructing and into its personal suite is a giant profit to sufferers and the Copley crew. The space 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 enormous 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 ailments associated to orthopedics, backbone lesions, tumors, strokes and most cancers, in addition to ailments impacting the mind and blood vessels. It has actually been a sport changer for the hospital.
To search 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 strong rural well being system that features a 25-bed important entry hospital, a number of major care clinics, specialty and surgical providers, start middle, 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 gives top quality healthcare providers targeted on neighborhood wants on the lowest value in line with wonderful care.
Union Financial institution is a recurring supporter of NVRH. Through the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Union Financial institution participated in supporting Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital’s aid fund. The fund enabled NVRH to satisfy rising wants, akin to buying important tools like protecting robes and masks, reconfiguring the hospital setting to higher look after COVID-infected sufferers, and supporting employees who’re going through 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 all the time 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 spanking new tools 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, Could, and June 2020. This predated the CARES Act (Coronavirus Assist, Aid, and Financial Safety Act) cash – earlier than hospitals knew what sort of funds can be accessible,” she mentioned.
Previous to the pandemic, Union Financial institution had been devoted to being a neighborhood associate 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 middle established at NVRH, together with serving to fund a renovated start middle. Union Financial institution additionally helps with annual funding to assist assist NVRH’s provide of kit and provides.
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital has dependable services to offer their neighborhood with the care they want with out having to journey out of city to an inconvenient location with a view to be seen and handled.
NVRH depends on philanthropic items and donations from the neighborhood and native companies with a view to present their care and providers. 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 can provide to the NVRH Annual Fund. You may as well go to the NVRH Giving web page on their site to be taught extra about methods you possibly can assist.