The Lakewood Community Comes Together to Raise Money for St. Clare Hospital

After a two-year hiatus, supporters of St. Clare Hospital teed off on the last sunny week in October for the St. Clare Hospital Golf Tournament. Attendees also participated in a putting contest and silent auction.

St. Clare’s Chief Operating Officer, Lois Erickson, welcomed the group and thanked the players for their support of quality community-based healthcare.

“Like all health care services, the past several years have been difficult and we faced challenges that we never dreamed of being presented with. At St. Clare’s, our mission is to heal. We heal our patients and support their families through their loved one's illnesses,” said Lois. “Even through the hardest months of the pandemic, I’m so proud of our team for finding the resilience to deliver on that mission.”

Funds raised from the annual event support the hospital's greatest needs fund.

“Gifts to the greatest needs fund allows our hospital to respond to needs that arise unexpectedly or would otherwise go unfulfilled,” Foundation Senior Director Karin Huelsbeck, said. “We’re fortunate to have so many wonderful corporate partners who give generously year after year and come together to celebrate their collective impact.”

Over the years, funds from the golf tournament have given St. Clare the resource to purchase new positioning equipment for operating rooms as well as updated parts to assist with airway intubation in the Emergency Department. Golf tournament funds have also given the hospital resources to buy new Intensive Care Unit beds as well as a new pharmacy refrigerator to store patient medications.

St. Clare Hospital has been providing care close to home to Lakewood residents since 1961. The 106-bed hospital supports Lakewood residents with 24-hour emergency care, specialized robotic orthopedic and general surgery and an established pain management program.

“People shouldn’t have to travel for hours to get care. We know our community because our team lives here too. It’s a great honor to heal and restore wellness for your neighbors. Knowing our patients and their families is what makes our work fulfilling,” Lois said. “I’m so grateful to everyone who joined us at the event who sees the importance of sustaining our local healthcare system.”

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health’s Corporate Partner Program honors corporations and organizations who share our vision and commitment to building healthier communities and who, through their annual gifts, provide ongoing support for the communities we serve.

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