Message from the Director Julie Nickell

Your gifts to McCullough-Hyde Hospital Trust enable the hospital to do many things we could not otherwise afford, all of which enhance our status as an award-winning quality healthcare institution with very high patient–satisfaction scores. Your gifts help us implement our patient-centered strategy, where all decisions are guided by what improves things for the patient. Your gifts underwrite projects such as our Oncology Garden, our focus on a healing environment in all our spaces, or new emergency room lab equipment to speed up the diagnosis process.

The Trust uses your gifts to support three areas of need at the hospital – Equipment, Education, and Services. Here are three examples of what your gifts have done in the last 12 years in each of these areas of need:

Equipment Needs

Because hospital equipment wears out or is superseded by new technology, there is a constant need to upgrade and replace equipment. Even though the hospital budgets millions of dollars for equipment annually, there are always equipment needs that are difficult to plan for.

That’s where your gifts through the TRUST make the difference. A prime example is a recent purchase of a cytocentrifuge for the lab, which was located in the Emergency Department to allow for even quicker diagnosis of blood chemistry, which then allowed faster response times in the Emergency Department.

Education Needs

Attracting and retaining quality healthcare staff is a constant challenge. However, because of your gifts, McCullough-Hyde is able to offer both professional healthcare training and on-going continuing education to many staff. This support helps us attract and retain these valuable healthcare professionals.

For example, our Professional Development Assistance Program has been in effect since 2001, and has spent more than $1 million to train 70 healthcare staff in areas such as nursing, physical therapy, imaging, pharmacy, laboratory, surgery assistant, medical coding, and sleep technology.

Your gifts also fund annual continuing education seminars, workshops, and online training for all staff to help them retain their professional licenses.

Services Needs

One of the more visible services seen throughout our hospital’s regional service area is the Medical Transport Van, which is funded through the TRUST by your gifts. Formerly known as the Sage Coach, the Medical Transport Van takes patients, who are unable to drive, to their doctor and hospital appointments, helping them maintain their health.

Gifts through the Hospital Trust also fund other services, including diabetes education for the uninsured, pre-natal care and equipment for needy mothers, and the annual Healing Art Exhibit, which enhances the healing environment of the hospital.

The three examples of equipment, education and services are just a few of the many ways in which your gifts help address the hospital’s needs.

I like to think of all of our donors as a family, as our “donor family.” And like any family, they will help you when you have a need. I ask you to join our family of donors by making a gift to ensure the hospital will be able to address their needs of equipment, education and services. Supporting those needs translates to the best care for you and your family and your community!

Please contact me anytime with questions or concerns at 513.664.3850 or

Kindest Regards,
Julie Nickell, Director of Development

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