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St. Luke employees raise $136,000 for renovation project

Staff writer

An internal drive conducted Nov. 14 to 18 at St. Luke Hospital produced pledges of $136,512 to boost the hospital’s Moving Forward Together campaign.

The $1.5 million campaign will fund renovations at St. Luke Living Center and Medical Clinic scheduled to begin next year.

“It’s really good to have a buy-in from employees,” St. Luke Hospital Foundation executive director Roger Schroeder said. “It shows people that our organization believes in what we are doing.”

This isn’t the first time hospital employees have contributed to facility improvements. In 2009, they pledged $108,000 toward a $6 million hospital renovation and expansion.

St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary Shoppe pledged $125,000 toward the project at its annual meeting in November.

Last summer, the hospital was awarded a $200,000 package of tax credits from the Kansas Department of Commerce to aid the project. Schroeder said $135,000 of that has been sold.

“We are one-third of the way to our goal,” he said.

He reported that almost 80 percent of all employees donated money during the pledge drive conducted by the Employee Development Council, comprised of Becky Hulett, Cheryl Connell, Dawn Luna, Janet Herzet, Jennifer Frese, Julie Janzen, Kim Helmer, Lori Smith, Machelle Ratzloff, Peni Ens, Robyn Miller, Sharon Zogelman, and Tammy Snelling.

Mike Norris is campaign manager.

“I’ve been a part of multiple fundraising campaigns,” he said, “and the effort St. Luke employees put forth is truly amazing. The exceptional dedication these employees have shown toward making St. Luke a better place has been wonderful to witness.”

More information is available from Roger Schroeder at roger.schroeder@slhmarion.org or by phone at (620) 382-2177, ext. 219.

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