SRMC Foundation's Hearts and Stars Gala Raises Over $62,000On March 17, 260 guests gathered for the Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC) Foundation's 8th Annual Hearts and Stars Gala, "A Night to Shine," which raised more than $62,000 to support SRMC's mission to serve the region's health care needs. The Gala, which is the Foundation's signature fundraising event, was held at The Vineyards at Pine Lake in Columbiana.
In her welcome to attendees, SRMC Foundation Chair and hospital Board member RuthAnn Rinto said, "From the Foundation's creation over eight years ago, we have been raising funds on behalf of Salem Regional Medical Center, because we value the importance of supporting our locally-controlled, independent hospital and the safety net of services it provides."
SRMC President/CEO Dr. Anita Hackstedde spoke about some of the hospital's achievements, noting that many have been made possible through the community's generous support of the Foundation.
"From the opening of our new Endoscopy Suite last February, to the expansion of our footprint at the Firestone Farms TownCenter in Columbiana, to the collaborative launch of the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center at SRMC; we have appreciated the support of our partners in the community," she told attendees.
Dr. Ayla Kessler, Medical Director of the new UH Seidman Cancer Center at SRMC, and Dr. Peter Apicella, SRMC Chief Radiologist, each highlighted some of the advanced services the hospital offers to patients locally, including its world-class cancer program and the latest breakthroughs in medical imaging.
"The strategic partnership between the UH Seidman Cancer Center and Salem Regional Medical Center represents a significant commitment to keep patients in their own communities...right here, where they can receive the highest levels of cancer care," Kessler said.
Apicella added that SRMC's Medical Imaging department offers the "latest advances in 3-D CT, 3T MRI, 3-D Mammography, High-Definition Ultrasound and digital x-rays," and shared examples of the life-changing impact this technology has had on patients. He noted that through the support of the Foundation's Annual Appeal, the hospital will offer the newest 3-D PET/CT Scanner available to patients later this year.
As a special highlight of the event, Salem resident Karen Horning was announced as the winner of the Foundation's 2018 Buick SUV raffle, which was generously donated by Stadium GM Superstore in Salem.
Forty-three area businesses, organizations and community members were sponsors for the Hearts and Stars Gala. Major "Star of Hope" sponsors for the event included Prout Boiler, Heating & Welding, Inc.; Southwoods Cardiology; Stadium GM Superstore; and Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Woods-Rettig Funeral Home and VanDyke-Swaney-Rettig Funeral Home. Major "Star of Promise" sponsors were Farmers National Bank/Farmers Trust Company; Firestone Homestead; Home Savings Charitable Foundation; and Team Health.
"We are truly grateful to all of our generous donors and supporters for helping the Foundation fulfill our hospital's mission to serve, care for and heal the people of our region," said Amy Reed, SRMC Director of Development. "Community members wishing to learn more about Foundation events, or who would like additional information on making a gift to the Foundation's Annual Appeal supporting the new 3-D PET/CT technology at SRMC, may contact the Foundation office at 330-337-2883 or email firstname.lastname@example.org."