WNH reaches goal — Nearly 400 donors; several larger contributors named

Larry Hatteberg, center, presents a framed assembly of William Newton Memorial School of Nursing memorabilia belonging to his mother, Evelyn, to hospital CEO Ben Quinton, left, and William Newton Healthcare Foundation Director Annika Morris, right. A celebration of the hospital’s fundraising campaign took place last week at Island Park.

William Newton Hospital has officially reached its goal of raising $3 million in the first phase of the Second Century Campaign and recently celebrated with a community-wide event at Island Park. 

Emceed by retired news anchor and broadcast journalist Larry Hatteberg, the event featured live music, kids’ activities, treats and several special recognitions.

The campaign was an integral part of the process to expand the surgical department of the hospital.

At the celebration, hospital CEO Ben Quinton announced nearly 400 donors gave a total of $4.6 million, comprised of $3 million in capital gifts and $1.6 million in heritage (planned estate) gifts.

“The community support has been outstanding,” said Quinton. “As we move toward a second century of serving our community, this campaign strengthens WNH as a rural hospital providing extraordinary care.”

The H.L. Snyder Medical Foundation provided a $500,000 challenge gift to assist in raising $1 million dollars to name the new wing after the Snyder family legacy. Five Snyder family members have served as surgeons: Howard Lincoln Snyder, M.D.; Howard Errol Snyder, M.D.; Cecil Dawson Snyder, M.D.; Howard Martin Snyder, M.D.; and Cecil John Snyder, M.D.

Snyder family members and the Snyder Foundation have given the hospital nearly $800,000 to date to purchase new medical equipment.

“My family and the Snyders have a very personal connection to WNH,” said Paula Radcliff, Second Century Campaign co-chair and Snyder Foundation liaison. “What most people don’t realize is that WNH isn’t on the same path to decline like many rural hospitals today.”

Radcliff said that rural counties have a genuine need for quality medical care in order to maintain and grow their communities, and the hospital has weathered financial challenges thanks to conservative growth of the facility and the addition of new healthcare services.

The expanded surgical department has several areas named after donors or loved ones, including Radcliffs. Three titles were announced at the celebration event including: The Kent Radcliff Recovery Room and The Paula Radcliff Recovery Room.

The Hal and Nancy McCoy Waiting Area, provided by Hal and Nancy McCoy, served as one of the final gifts that put the campaign over its goal.

More named areas will be announced following the completion of the expansion project, anticipated for late 2019.

The corporate community also showed support for the hospital by contributing to the Winfield Economic Development $500,000 challenge gift.  This encouraged corporations and businesses to renew appreciation for the hospital as a pillar for economic development and community well-being.

To date, a total of $635,500 has come from 16 corporate gifts. Rejuvv’ Spa was the final gift that helped push the campaign to its $3 million goal.

One of the first campaign gifts came from William Newton Hospital Auxiliary by way of a $250,000 pledge over six years. The group has approximately 130 members who give their time to ensure patients and families feel welcomed and cared for while at the hospital. 

The “blue crew” was at the event in their bright royal blue coats and was recognized for their role in the campaign.

Winfield native Larry Hatteberg presented a framed assembly of memorabilia belonging to his mother, Evelyn Hatteberg, who was in the inaugural graduating class of 1932 from William Newton Memorial School of Nursing. Evelyn Hatteberg later worked at William Newton Hospital for over 30 years.  

“This is a very special thing for me,” Hatteberg said, addressing hospital administrators and the crowd. “You know, it’s hard to pass these types of items down in a family, but she always considered William Newton Hospital part of her family, so I think it’s appropriate that it goes to you [the hospital].”

William Newton Healthcare Foundation Director Annika Morris reflected on Hatteberg’s gift, “This means so much because it is people like Larry’s mom who make WNH such a great place to receive quality healthcare.”

The newly established Heritage Society contributed $1.6 million, with $1 million coming from an anonymous couple who care passionately about the hospital’s future.

Chair Steve McSpadden described the culture of philanthropy developed from the hospital’s early beginnings as the basis for the Heritage Society, working specifically with those making donations to the hospital through a will or estate.

“We’d also like to thank our local media for helping us spread the news about our campaign efforts, including Cowley CourierTraveler, KSOK Radio and NewsCow.net,” said Morris. “Ben Quinton and guests particularly enjoyed the T-shirts provided by KSOK!”

Find more photos from the celebration on the William Newton Healthcare Foundation Facebook page.

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