“Tree of Giving” grows at BMH

By Terry Bartley - Civitas Media

MADISON, W.Va. — Boone Memorial Hospital have recently launched a new fundraising project. At a recent Madison Rotary Club meeting, the project that will be called “The Tree of Giving,” was announced and will feature leaves, acorns, stones and miniature trees with messages from sponsors.

As previously reported, the new facility is nearing completion and is now occupied with many of the hospital’s services. Mark Linville, the Chief Operating Officer at Boone Memorial Hospital, said this new facility would not be possible without the support of the community.

“Obviously, there’s been a lot of generous people that have helped us with this project,” Linville said.

Dave Gresham, the Chief Development Officer at BMH, said they have raised just over $1.5 million in previous donations. These funds were collected over time, through pledges to contribute over the course of three to five years.

He said the intent with this fundraiser is to provide the community with permanent memorials to loved ones at the new facility. The sizes go from small leaves to the largest option being the miniature trees. Gresham said the larger options can hold more letter or feature more prominent lettering.

“It’s going to be a nice memorial for folks in the community,” Gresham said, “We’re asking for your help to help us build this project.”

Gresham said the new facility features loads of new technology and the new facility will rival those found in larger cities.

“One of the things we haven’t had for quite a while was general surgery, we currently have 2 fully equipped rooms,” Gresham said, “The people we have in tell us these are like Charleston and Huntington machines. They’re bigger, they’re nicer, and they’re better equipped.”

Gresham said they also have arrangements with physicians from Charleston to come down to the BMH on a once per week basis to work cases. They hope to hire more local doctors and asked that if anyone knows a medical professional to refer them to BMH.

By Terry Bartley

Civitas Media

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