Lest we forget, hyperbaric treatment centers and other healthcare providers depend upon the thoughtful kindness of charitable donors. Volunteer auxiliaries and family foundations often lead the way to major building projects and capital equipment purchases. Two recent stories exemplify the role of philanthropy in the establishment of new hyperbaric oxygen therapy and wound care centers. Last month the hospital auxiliary at Northern Duchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, New York, fulfilled its $70,000 pledge to build a center slated to open in late 2012. The auxiliary raised the funds with bake sales, lunch events, and gift shop sales. In Nashville, Tennessee, the family of a former patient donated $5 million to expand the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at Baptist Hospital. The news inspired a nice piece in The Tennessean, including the following and a companion video primer on hyperbaric wound care.
[Video: The Tennessean and Baptist Hospital, Nashville]