SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild recently donated $180,000 as part of its continued support for three hospital projects: “smart” IV pumps, expansion of the cardiac and interventional suite, and renovations to Saratoga Community Health Center.
“Certainly, our lives have changed because of the pandemic, and we’ve had to make adjustments to keep our volunteers safe,” said Terry White, Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild president. “But COVID-19 is no match for our unwavering commitment to this hospital and our community.”
That determination—and a track record of raising more than $5 million for Saratoga Hospital over the years—earned the Guild the 2020 Outstanding Fundraising Group Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Hudson-Mohawk Chapter. The award recognizes a group of individuals who demonstrate “the true spirit of philanthropy through time, treasure and talent.”
The Guild’s recent $180,000 donation is the latest installment on three five-year pledges made in 2018 and totaling $900,000. This year’s gift includes: $100,000 toward a $500,000 pledge for smart IV pumps that enhance patient safety and outcomes; $40,000 toward a $200,000 pledge to support the expansion of the hospital’s Whitney-Hendrickson Cardiovascular & Interventional Suite; $40,000 toward a $200,000 pledge to help renovate and expand the hospital’s Saratoga Community Health Center.
In addition to their fundraising efforts, during a typical year Guild volunteers donate more than 50,000 hours of service to Saratoga Hospital. Although most Guild activities have been curtailed during the pandemic, volunteers have found safe, socially distant ways to continue to support the hospital and community.