Fundraiser helps provide health-care options

Supporters of Hendry County came together on Saturday night, Sept. 29, for an evening of community, musical entertainment and games to support a good cause. The Hendry County Regional Medical Center Foundation had a fundraiser to raise money that will provide more health-care options to the area.

Dueling Pianos performed crowd favorites while guests mingled over hor d’ouvres at Oak Grove RV Resort. It was the kind of event where a person could easily run into a neighbor or colleague as it seemed to bring out crowds from all over the community. LaBelle Mayor Dave Lyons pointed out that this was the foundation’s first fundraiser in LaBelle, which he believes is “important for our community.”

Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/Heather Caldwell
Dueling Pianos provided an evening of community, musical entertainment and games to support a good cause. The Hendry County Regional Medical Center Foundation fundraiser will help provide more health-care options to the area.

The foundation has recently raised more than $190,000 that has gone toward an ultrasound machine, an EKG system, pediatric and anesthesia monitors and more, according to a speech made by Tuesday Tritt, chairwoman of the hospital board. Ms. Tritt said, “To date, the foundation and WISH (Women Involved in Supporting the Hospital) has donated $4.4 million to the hospital, so thank you all.”

The goal of this fundraiser was to acquire four telehealth units that will allow medical professionals to provide services not currently available in the community. Focusing on pulmonology, cardiology, psychiatry, infectious disease and more, these screens will allow patients to connect with specialists from a remote location through a screen. It’s like FaceTiming your doctor to be able to more easily access services that patients would otherwise have to travel elsewhere to address.

R.D. Williams, CEO of Hendry Regional Medical Center, elaborated on the vision for the fundraiser. He explains that currently the plan is for two of the units to be held at the hospital and one at each of their rural facilities in LaBelle. The units will allow for secure two-way communication between a patient and a physician at a distant location.

The foundation can be proud of creating an atmosphere of generosity and fun for their guests in addition to providing Hendry County with more health-care options.

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