Third annual SGCMH Taste of Ste. Genevieve packs gym


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Despite the myriad of activities taking place on the same weekend, the gym at the Ste. Genevieve Community Center was still packed for the 3rd annual Taste of Ste. Genevieve to benefit the Friends Foundation at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital (SGCMH). Proceeds from the event went toward the central monitor system used by the hospital’s OB Department.

“Fifteen years ago many small hospitals let their OB departments go by the wayside, but I’m very proud to say that we made a decision that OB is a vital part of providing healthcare to Ste. Genevieve,” said Tom Keim SGCMH CEO. “Our Friends Foundation and Partners have done an outstanding job of providing funds to allow us to become a top notch healthcare organization when it comes to women’s health and primary care, and the many surgical and specialties that the hospital performs day in and day out. It has always been our mission to be a very strong, independent hospital.”

Keim said the Friends have raised over $3 million in the past 10 years, and every dollar raised goes directly to equipment and supplies to better the hospital. He mentioned just some of the projects like the 64 slice CT; renovation of the front lobby; 3D mammography; dedicated waterbirth suite; expansion of surgery pre- and post-op private rooms; and the most recent project in progress, the remodeling of the oncology department.

“All of these things allow us to be the provider of choice for our community,” he said. I feel very blessed to work with some of the very best people in healthcare and in this community. Just look around the room and you’ll see employee and community volunteers that take an active role in this hospital and give of their time and talent to make these events a success.”

Dr. Phillip Kintner (OB/GYN), relatively new to the Women’s Health and Childbirth Center at SGCMH, gave a few remarks, as well.

“Even though this is a small community hospital, we affect the healthcare of women not only in Ste. Genevieve County, but surrounding areas and bordering counties, too,” said Kintner. “On a day-to-day basis I’ve seen people drive as much as an hour and a half away for care because they feel they get the best care here. I’ve worked in a lot of hospitals, both large and small, and when I first came to Ste. Genevieve I was struck by the fact that everyone seemed happy and actually enjoyed their job, which is unusual in some of the larger facilities. So the take away point here is bigger isn’t always better.”

Sponsors for this year’s Taste included the Ste. Genevieve Medical Staff, Ste. Genevieve Herald, Holcim, Kohlfield Distributing, Bluff City Beer, Mississippi Lime Company, Bahr Signs and 573 Insider Magazine.
Shawn Long, Friends Foundation Director, talked extensively to the vendors and all said this event is a keeper for them.

“We greatly thank our sponsors, our vendors, auctioneer Tom Okenfuss, the Friends Foundation board, our Partners and SGCMH employee volunteers, plus the Rotary Club of Ste. Genevieve, parents of Boy Scout Troop 150, and all auction and door prize contributors,” said Long. “It takes a lot of people to stage an event of this size, so we are very appreciative of all the help we received.”

The 10-member volunteer Friends Board is comprised of Bruce Giesler, president, Mary Odneal, vice-president, Mike Horrell, secretary/treasurer, Craig Ruble, MD, Jim Francis, Theresa Cavins, MD, Robert Walsh, MBA, MS, PhD, CRNA, Jan Loida, Bob Palmer and Laurie Ebeling.

For more information on the Friends Foundation, call Shawn Long at 573-883-7725.

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