PHH Guild gives $50K+ gift to Sale rehab center

On Monday, Dec. 3, Parkview Huntington Hospital and Parkview Huntington Foundation leaders announced a major gift from the Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild in support of the hospital’s new wound care and expanded rehab facility.

This gift comes in the wake of a major contribution from the Huntington County Medical Society.

On Nov. 8, the board of the guild voted unanimously to approve a monetary gift that will substantially aid purchases of specialized equipment for what will be known as the Holly D. Sale Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. In addition, the guild will invest in naming rights for the Center’s Activities of Daily Living lab, and establish two funds to continue the guild’s history of promoting healthcare education and skills advancement.
In total, the Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild gift, which will be administered by the Parkview Huntington Foundation, will be in excess of $50,000.

“This amazing gift represents a lot of hard work and thought and dedication to the hospital on the part of guild members for the past several decades,” said Mike Perkins, foundation director. “It is the pinnacle of a long tradition of the guild’s generosity.”

A portion of the gift will purchase a specially designed playset for pediatric rehab patients. The large play structure for the new motor gym will include climbing, crawling and sliding sections, and will be custom-built to specifications using components selected by the pediatric rehab team. In addition, a Chill Comfort Swing, a Bubble Swing and a Double Squeezer will be purchased. Each of these pieces of equipment serves a particular need for children who have sensory processing issues and can benefit from certain types of stimuli to calm or engage them. The Double Squeezer, for example, gives a child crawling through it the sense of a giant bear hug all over their body due to the gentle pressure inside the structure, which can be calming and reassuring.

“These pieces of equipment are designed specifically for kids who have certain physical, cognitive or sensory challenges and allow them to achieve certain therapy goals while they play,” said Angie Hormann, manager, Rehab and Wellness, PHH. “It is a dream come true for us to be able to add these therapy aids that will enable us to work with children who have many different needs.

“We can’t thank the guild enough!”

The bulk of the funds for these three items will come from gifts provided by guild members in memory of the late Lavona Petrie, a respected long-time guild volunteer.

The Activities of Daily Living lab, which will be named for the guild, provides a realistically equipped environment in which adults can re-train muscles and practice reaching, stooping and bending to perform kitchen and other household tasks to help them function at home following joint replacement surgery, stroke or cardiac surgery.

“We are very grateful to the guild members for their desire to boost the success of our new addition,” said Juli Johnson, president, PHH. “Their gift will make a huge difference in the lives of both our pediatric and our adult therapy patients. And progress for those patients will have a ripple effect for their families and the community.”

The guild will also create two funds. The Parkview Huntington Spirit of Service Scholarship Fund will continue to provide two annual scholarships for post-secondary education in healthcare for students from Huntington County who meet established criteria. The PHH Guild Legacy Fund will support patient care or staff advancement needs that may arise at PHH or Parkview Physicians Group facilities in Huntington County.

“We are very strong believers in helping to make healthcare education possible for more people who want to work and advance their skills in this important field,” said Sue Booth, guild president. “We all agreed that continuing that legacy was key for us. We’ll be providing input on the foundation committees to administer the scholarship and legacy funds.”

Funds for the major gift represent proceeds from operation of the gift shop and other activities – such as popcorn sales – at PHH. With the establishment of the aforementioned gifts, the guild ceased operation, having transferred all of its funds to the Parkview Huntington Foundation. Now, gift shop net proceeds will be reinvested in the hospital through the foundation.

In recent years, as the healthcare industry has changed, hospital guilds have become less active across the state.

The PHH Guild was founded in March 1953. Since 1998, two years prior to the opening of the current hospital facility, guild members’ efforts and activities generated more than $150,000 of revenue, which they reinvested in hospital equipment, programs and projects, as well as scholarships to help local students wishing to follow a calling to healthcare. Many of the guild members, like Booth, also serve on a regular basis as hospital volunteers and plan to continue in that role.

“Our volunteers play such a big part in patient and guest experience at the hospital,” said Melanie Hull, volunteer coordinator, PHH. “These guild members will still be bringing their helpful spirit to support our patients and their families every day, and we value that so much!”