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October 21, 2013

ECH kicks off annual campaign


Once inpatient-based therapy is complete but before a patient is discharged from the hospital, the therapy team travels with the patient to his or her home to help develop specific strategies for functioning there during recovery. 

That might include climbing stairs, getting in and out of bed, she said.

The strategy session serves to relieve anxiety and ensure a safer transition.


“Elizabethtown Community Hospital, like any nonprofit organization, appreciates the generosity of individuals within the local communities,” the release said. 

“This hospital ensures that gifts from the community enhance or increase health-care services at the main hospital facility and its community-based health centers.

The annual fund drive is not held to help balance a budget deficit, Hooper emphasized.

“We don’t do that, because it can lead to a future shortfall and distort future planning,” she said. 

“In addition, this hospital is financially well-managed. Gifts received during the hospital’s annual campaign are put toward additional equipment, patient-care items or a specific purchase.”


“Health care is one area that is often a target of federal budget reduction,” hospital CEO Rod Boula said in the release. 

“Grant funding for various initiatives, along with reductions in payment from Medicare and Medicaid to hospitals, are shrinking. 

“Hospitals like ours undertake annual fundraising initiatives to maintain the ability to develop new services for patients.”

The campaign runs through Dec. 31.



Tax-deductible contributions to Elizabethtown Community Hospital may be made electronically through its website at or by check made payable to Elizabethtown Community Hospital.

Mail checks to: ECH Community Relations Department, PO Box 277, Elizabethtown, NY 12932.

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