Why give to the WMC Foundation? A mother's answer

By Alisha Havens Apr 16, 2014

Alisha Havens prepares for delivery on Feb. 4 at Wyoming Medical Center. (Family photo)

Alisha Havens prepares for delivery on Feb. 4 at Wyoming Medical Center. (Family photo)

Baby Max (Family photo)

Baby Max (Family photo)

As the development director of the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation, I often get asked why someone should donate to the hospital. Truthfully, there are a number of reasons: to help offset the cost of construction, to provide charity care, or to help pay for capital needs that aren’t in the budget.  But it wasn’t until this winter that I was able to personally answer that question.

On Feb. 4, I came into WMC to have a C-section. I have had a complete spinal fusion and the operation was medically necessary. I hoped the spinal block would take so that I could stay awake during the procedure, but I was nervous as I prepared for my new little one to enter this world.

The entire staff quickly put my nerves to rest. As I was wheeled into the operating room, I reached out to Nurse John and said, “I just want to hold your hand.” He held out his hand and offered a bear hug for one of the most telling moments of the surgery. Sure enough the spinal block went in thanks to anesthesiologist Dr. John Billings.

Drs. Susan Sheridan and Sam Scaling went to work right away, and within minutes, my Max was born. The recovery nurses took great care of me to get me up to my room as soon as possible and the nurses in Mother/Baby provided me world-class care. From the pediatric hospitalists, to nutrition services, to the housekeepers, everyone made my stay perfect and gave me the best gift of all: motherhood.

So, what’s the best reason to support our community hospital?  Because we truly are the region’s top hospital. We care for everyone regardless of their ability to pay, and we care for them as we would our own family members. From the very first breath to the very last, we serve everyone with world-class compassionate care each and every day. I believe in the care that we provide, and I hope you're as proud as I am of this great organization.

Support the West Tower

West_Tower_Front_DoorThe McMurry West Tower will open in 2014, providing 98,000 square feet for state-of-the-art medical care. It includes a new front door and lobby with a curbside canopy for drop-offs and pick-ups, more than 30 new private patient rooms and a new mother-baby unit.

In October 2012, The Wyoming Medical Center Foundation kicked-off the McMurry West Tower Capital Campaign with a goal of raising $3 million. It has secured $2.1 million so far.

The campaign has several giving levels and naming opportunities, starting at $1,500, which can be pledged over five years. For questions, to make a donation or to get involved with the project, contact the foundation at 577-2973 or go to www.wyomingmedicalcenter.org/giving.

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