Schuyler Hospital celebrates 100 years
SCHUYLER COUNTY--In commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of Schuyler Hospital, the Schuyler Health Foundation is hosting a virtual celebration Saturday, Nov. 20.
"The unique Centennial Celebration in a Box was born during the pandemic as a way Schuyler Hospital can celebrate their 100th year anniversary with the community that has supported us all of these years," said Michelle Benjamin, executive director of community relations for Schuyler Hospital. "This event allows us to engage our community members and business partners in a safe way."
The celebration will not only be a virtual event, however, as participants can pick up a pre-prepared box filled with locally produced wine, a wine glass, a dessert box and access to charitable auctions.
Hosted by the Schuyler Health Foundation, Benjamin said the organization's guiding principle is to generate funding for Schuyler Hospital. With COVID straining many local area health institutions, the money is more important than ever.
"At Schuyler Hospital, we are proud to have continued to evolve over 100 years in order to provide the highest quality care for the residents of Schuyler County and beyond at our hospital, clinics, and skilled nursing facility," said Rebecca Gould, president and CFO of Schuyler Hospital.
Through events such as the centennial that are hosted by the Schuyler Health Foundation, Schuyler Hospital is always in the process of evolving, Gould added.
"We are always looking at not only how to upgrade our facilities, but also our equipment and infrastructure," Gould added. "When our community supports the Schuyler Health Foundation, they support the hospital by allowing us to make these projects happen. We are forever grateful."
Beyond funding for the hospital, Benjamin said it was important for staff and the community at large to mark such an impressive milestone.
"One hundred years is a huge milestone that we just could not let slip by," Benjamin stated. "We had involved our staff and community members in planning a number of events and outreach activities for 2020 until the pandemic hit in late February."
As a hospital on the frontlines against the pandemic, Benjamin said it is as important as ever the hospital has community support.
"Schuyler Hospital is here for the public, safely providing services in-person or via telehealth where applicable, drive-through COVID-19 testing, a COVID Hotline and informational website, and new procedures throughout our facilities for screening, personal protective equipment including masks, cleaning and more," Benjamin said.