This is the time of year to celebrate the season of giving and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your past donations to the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Foundation. No matter the size of your gift, Administration, the Foundation, Medical Staff and our Boards of Directors are grateful for you and your partnership with us.
Please take a few moments to read about a variety of programs and services at Sarah Bush Lincoln and perhaps consider a donation to one or more of your favorites. You’ll read about our latest campaign – Mobile Miracles – an initiative to raise 600,000 to purchase a new Dental Bus that will travel to area schools and other locations. On the bus, the dental team will provide preventive and restorative dental care to underserved children. Many of these children have never had the opportunity to visit a dentist, so with your help, we’ll take the dentist “office” to them. The bus will be equipped with operatories, just like you’d find in your own dental office.
Philanthropy is of vital importance to a community hospital like Sarah Bush Lincoln. Because of people like you, we’re able to continue to grow and provide quality and compassionate care to our patients. Your donations don’t go unnoticed. Thanks for being part of the Sarah Bush Lincoln family.
When the Sarah Bush Lincoln hygienist asked Henry if he brushed his teeth regularly, he smiled and said, “Yes! I get to brush my teeth on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays!”
When asked about the other three days, his reply: “Well, on Fridays I go to my mom’s house and we don’t have toothbrushes or soap there, and sometimes no water so I don’t do it then.”
Henry had seven cavities. He’s only 8 years old.
Sarah Bush Lincoln Dental Services staff members hear stories like these each week as they travel to more than 70 locations providing preventive and restorative care – and toothbrushes - to thousands of children who qualify for the free or reduced school lunch program. And with up to 20 percent of area residents living below the poverty line, it’s no surprise that one in eight children doesn't even own a toothbrush or has to share a toothbrush with siblings.
As a result, hundreds of children each year suffer from severe dental decay that often results in excruciating pain. In most of these cases, because of lack of insurance and/or transportation to get to a dentist, the Sarah Bush Lincoln Dental Services bus travels to them and is the only hope they have for treatment. Through this program, they receive exams and cleanings, diagnostic x-rays, sealants, fillings, extractions, even pediatric root canals. Our dental program answers the unmet needs of our community and takes pride in serving families who have nowhere else to go.
Over two decades ago, Sarah Bush Lincoln leaders decided to do something about the vital need for dental care for underserved children. Through community philanthropy and partnerships with area volunteer dentists, children’s dental needs began to be addressed. But the need only grew and children were simply unable to get to a dentist’s office. So in 2008, the first SBL dental bus was purchased, thanks to generous donors, and equipped with operatories – much like you’d find in your own dentist’s office – and dental care was provided, often in the school parking lot.
That bus is no longer in service. After traveling more than 100,000 miles, our Dental Services team must purchase a new bus to continue this mobile dental office that serves thousands of children each year.
Your Help is Needed
The bus will cost $600,000 and with SBL Health Center subsidizing the Dental Program’s half million dollar annual operating deficit, the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Foundation is asking area residents to rally around a new campaign we call "Mobile Miracles" and together, donate 100 percent of funds needed to purchase the new Dental Bus.
Your donation of any size – large or small – will greatly benefit the lives of underserved children in your community. And just imagine….when the new SBL Dental Bus is parked at your local school caring for children in need, you can say, “I helped make that happen!”
Please know that 100 percent of your gift will directly benefit the new bus, and is completely tax deductible.
Individual Recognition Includes:
Everyone giving $1,000 or more will have their name/business listed in the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System 2020 Annual Report.
- $15,000 - Name/Business placed on the exterior of the new Dental Bus
- $10,000 - Name/Business placed on large, individual plaque in SBL Health Center
- $5,000 - Name/Business placed on individual plaque in SBL Health Center
- $1,000 - Name engraved on group plaque in SBL Health Center
- $500 - Recognition on SBL website
- $100 - Recognition in Campaign newsletter
- $50 - Purchase toothbrushes for 40 children
A donation fo any amount will help us reach our goal!
Outpatient Surgery Center
If you’ve traveled past Sarah Bush Lincoln recently, you’ve seen that construction is quickly progressing on the new outpatient surgery center. In fact, the new 18,000-square-foot center is expected to be complete in early spring.
Many of the outpatient surgeries currently performed in the Health Center will be performed in the new center after it opens to accommodate new surgeries that require hospitalizations. Sarah Bush Lincoln has eight surgery suites in the Health Center that are used to capacity already. Those procedures that will be moved to the new center include ophthalmology, orthopedic, and ENT cases.
Your donation of any size will be so appreciated. Just select the Surgery Center on the enclosed pledge card. Examples of donations that include recognition are:
- $5,000 donation: Individual plaque recognizing you for your donation will be prominently displayed in the Surgery Center.
- $1,000 donation: Your name/business will be engraved on a group plaque with other generous donors in the main reception area.
Anyone making a donation of $50 or more will be invited to a donor reception in early 2020.
Lincolnland Hospice of SBL
When Sharon was nearing the end of her life, the Lincolnland Hospice nurse asked if she could make one wish, what it would be? Her response: “I haven’t had a new towel in years. I guess it would be to have a new washcloth and towel to use…that don’t have holes in them like mine do.”
Through the Hospice Grant-A-Wish program, Sharon was presented with brand new towels and washcloths to use in her final days.
Lincolnland Hospice of Sarah Bush Lincoln cares for and supports people who are terminally ill. It’s a comprehensive program of care dedicated to controlling pain, relieving discomfort and supporting individuals physically, emotionally and spiritually, as well as their family. Hospice is also known for its Grant-A-Wish program, making even small wishes like Sharon’s come true.
Hospice provides these services, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. Your donation of any amount to Lincolnland Hospice will make a difference to patients like Sharon. Just select Lincolnland Hospice on the pledge card and your donation will be directed to that program.
Peace Meal Program of SBL
An elderly woman called the Peace Meal office to let staff know that her husband Jim had passed away. She shared how much receiving the nutritious meals over the years meant to them, especially when he became ill. She said she couldn’t have taken proper care of him without help and she added that seeing the driver everyday brought both of them comfort and a little company.
Nutrition to senior residents is essential, and so is peace of mind. Sarah Bush Lincoln’s Peace Meal program provides 400,000 quality, fresh meals per year to nearly 5,000 senior residents in East Central Illinois. The person delivering those meals is often the only contact the senior may have all day so the delivery also serves as a wellness check.
Peace Meal receives some funding from state/federal grants and requests donations from seniors receiving meals. But many are unable to pay. Costs of meals far outweigh grant funds and client donations. That’s why your help is needed.
For a $25 donation, you will provide five nutritious meals (and a wellness check) for an entire week for a senior. A $100 donation provides meals for a whole month!
SBL Regional Cancer Center
The Regional Cancer Center offers not just skilled and compassionate care, but hope to thousands of patients who seek treatment there. The Center offers the latest technology and drug trials to clinically provide the best possible treatment to our cancer patients - all of them, regardless of their ability to pay.
Your donation to the Regional Cancer Center will provide medications and other medical necessities for patients who have no or limited insurance. Your gift will help someone fight the disease and lessen the added stress of financial burden, when sometimes the patient struggles just to put food on their table.
Annie was a young, single mother diagnosed with breast cancer. She couldn’t afford Miaderm – a radiation burn soothing cream not covered by insurance. Thanks to a donation, the $40 cream was provided to her, as was help with her other medications. Annie was forever grateful that a donor would give so generously just to help her and her children.
Your donation will significantly help those battling cancer who are uninsured or underinsured.
For more information about making a donation, please contact Amy Card at 217-258-2511 or email@example.com .