The HSHS St. John’s Foundation team is pleased to announce it has raised more than its $20 million goal for the Imagine Tomorrow campaign. The comprehensive fundraising campaign began in 2015 and benefits many areas of St. John’s Hospital, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, the Prairie Heart Institute and St. John’s College of Nursing.
“We are grateful to our donors who overwhelmingly responded to this campaign. The fact that 100% of their contributions went directly to their area of designation resonated with them,” said Beverly Neisler, chief development officer for HSHS St. John’s Foundation. “Thank you to our donors for making the Imagine Tomorrow campaign the largest and most successful campaign in the history of St. John’s Hospital.”
The Imagine Tomorrow campaign’s centerpiece project focused on raising funds that would be invested in facilities, technology and programs that would help provide a higher level of care for our most vulnerable patients. Nearly $5.6 million of the funds helped renovate and expand the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a $19 million-dollar project that will benefit nearly 800 miracle babies a year. The unit, which opened in March 2021, now provides single-family patient rooms for the first time in St. John’s 76-year history of caring for premature and critically-ill infants. By the end of the year, the unit will open its couplet care rooms that will allow moms and their NICU babies to heal together in the same space while the mother is still a patient in the hospital. St. John’s is one of only a few hospitals and medical centers in the United States to offer this innovative concept.
“St. John’s has a talented and dedicated philanthropic team that cares deeply about the mission of our hospital. Many patients will benefit from their inspired work for years to come. We are so proud of the impact they have made on our community and region,” said Terrence G. Deis, MBA, FACHE, president and CEO of HSHS St. John’s Hospital.
In addition to the NICU, many other projects benefitted from the Imagine Tomorrow campaign. Below is a list of highlighted projects:
- Pediatric patient rooms remodel
- Pediatric healing garden remodel
- Nursing scholarships
- Purchase of new intensive care unit beds
- Meals for pediatric parents
- Clinical equipment in various departments including surgery, ICU, lab, St. John’s College of Nursing Simulation lab and the children’s hospital
- Funding for therapies including music therapy and pony therapy
- Funding for the Beyond the NICU program, which offers home visits by trained home health nurses to give vulnerable families the support they need after leaving the NICU, so their babies can get the best start in life.
- Joey’s classroom, an inpatient tutoring program for pediatric patients so they do not fall behind in their studies
- Funding for the MissionRx program, which was launched to provide medication assistance to the most critical populations of patients who lack the ability to pay. Patients who are in need can receive a one-time 30-day supply of a medication for free.
“Our donors wanted to make an impact, and a gift to St. John’s allowed them to benefit more patients with their contributions,” said Bob Mizeur, Foundation Leadership Council chair. “The fact that this campaign was so successful signifies the importance of St. John’s to our community. The hospital is a valued and critical health care resource for so many.”
HSHS St. John’s Foundation thanks campaign donors for their commitment to quality, mission-based health care in their community.
For those interested in getting involved in the hospital’s fundraising initiatives, please visit www.st-johns.org/giving.