Message from Foundation Board
By the time the Foundation Focus arrives at your homes, another year for the Ridgeview Foundation will have come to a close. As I write this article in early December, we anxiously anticipate the end of one of the most successful years in the Foundation’s history. Let’s hope my pre-holiday premonition holds true! Having just completed the last of Foundation’s “Big 3” special events, the 10th Annual Under the Harvest Moon gala on Nov. 23, the Ridgeview community should be filled with holiday cheer. More than $318,000 was raised in support of the Foundation’s latest initiative – the da Vinci® Xi Robotic Surgical System. The new da Vinci will equip Ridgeview surgeons with the latest in robotic surgical technology – Ridgeview has one of the most advanced robotics systems in the United States.
I am also pleased to inform you that the Foundation’s last major initiative – the Norman and Ann Hoffman Emergency Center expansion and renovation – is open for business. Phase 1 of construction, the addition of 20,000 square feet of new construction, opened for patients on Nov. 20. The renovation of the existing space started the very next day and is expected to open in the fall of 2020. All told, the new Emergency Center is nearly three times the size of the old facility.
Even more important than the increased size is the level and sophistication of care that can be delivered in the new space. Special accommodations and equipment have been made available for the diagnosis and treatment of older adults and children. In addition, mental health and observation patients have their own “wings” in the new space where they can receive the appropriate level of care.
Of course, all of the Foundation’s 2019 success is because of you – the readers of Foundation Focus. Last year alone, more than $3.7 million was transferred to the hospital from the Foundation in support of the aforementioned projects. Where would Ridgeview be without philanthropy … without you? So here’s hoping you had a wonderful holiday season, you sure made Ridgeview’s extraordinary.
Ridgeview Foundation - Board Chair