The HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation golf classic held August 27 at Bent Oak Golf Course in Breese was a big success, raising $58,000.
Proceeds from the tournament will be used to purchase advanced ultrasound technology to better support members of the St. Joseph’s anesthesia and surgical services team in placing nerve blocks for improved pain control. In addition, this equipment will allow the surgical team to bring new and different surgical procedures to St. Joseph’s, supporting the hospital’s efforts to keep highly specialized care close to home.
Emily Wilson, major gifts officer for the HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, expressed her gratitude for those who helped make the golf classic a success. “Thank you to all the sponsors, players, in-kind donors and golf ball drop participants who supported this event,” she said. “We especially want to thank the Bent Oak Golf Course and the Breese Fire Department for a great tournament and golf ball drop!”
Major sponsors included:
- Platinum: Vituity
- Gold: HSHS Rescue Flight and Premier Pathology Services, LLC.
- Silver: Applebee’s; Arya Medical Spa; Brightly Senior Living; Jansen Chevrolet – Germantown; Central Illinois Radiological Associates; Donald R. Bassman, MD, Orthopedics; FCB Banks; The Klay Family; Litteken Plumbing Co., Inc.; Poettker Construction Company; ShelterLogic Group; The FNB Carlyle, Aviston, St. Rose; and Trenton Village.
Golf Ball Drop Winner
The winner of the golf ball drop and the $2,500 prize was Steve Beimfohr of Nashville, Ill. Beimfohr generously donated $500 of his winnings back to HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation. Besides enjoying playing golf, Beimfohr had another reason to support the St. Joseph’s golf classic – the hospital helped save his life when he had a heart attack in August 2020.
On August 13, 2020, Beimfohr was playing golf with his friend Dave Shrum at Governor’s Run in Carlyle when he suffered a heart attack. Thankfully, Shrum knew CPR and administered CPR for about 15 minutes until EMTs arrived. Beimfohr was taken to St. Joseph’s Breese and then transferred to HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon for advanced care. He ended up having a stent implanted as he had 100% blockage in a main artery.
In addition to his deep gratitude to his friend Dave Strum, Beimfohr is thankful for the care that he received at St. Joseph’s Breese, even though he is glad he doesn’t remember it. “I was unconscious for two days, but I know I was in great hands,” he said. “Katy Kosydor (who was an RN in St. Joseph’s emergency department at the time, now an advanced practice nurse with Clinton County Rural Health) rode with me to St. Elizabeth’s and helped keep me stable, and St. Elizabeth’s staff treated me like a king.”
“Donors play an integral role in enhancing the care St. Joseph’s provides to our patients and community,” said Wilson. “We are grateful to all donors and those who supported our recent Golf Classic who allow us to continue providing excellent care locally for our patients.”
For information about HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation, contact Emily Wilson, major gifts officer, at SJBFoundation@hshs.org or 618-526-5698.