Making a “one”derful difference together!
The 2018 Power of One campaign has come to a close. Together, we raised over $252,584! A huge THANK YOU to all who contributed!
The 2018 Power of One employee-giving campaign ran May 17-June 15. This campaign continues to have a tremendous impact on patients and their families, Saint Francis Family members and countless individuals in our communities, offering care, compassion and support when they need it.
Coupon codes will be issued on July 16 and will be good through December 31, 2018. Everyone donating at least $5 per pay period or the equivalent will receive a code. They are one-time use and will be for online shopping on the Pink Up website. Power of One, Pink Up or Saint Francis merchandise will be available for purchase online. If you choose to donate your coupon code back, please call 573-331-5133.
Prizes may be picked up at #14 Doctor’s Park Suite A between 8 am-5 pm on weekdays or may be delivered to the donor if requested.
The Foundation staff and Power of One Committee sincerely thank all our donors and congratulate our drawing winners!
Donations by fund:
|Sister Esther Fund||10%|
|Area of Greatest Need||39%|
Saint Francis Healthcare System Funds
The Caring Fund – Helps employees with unexpected emergencies and unplanned life events.
Sister Esther Emergency Fund – Assists patients in need and their families with transportation, clothing, overnight lodging or necessary medicines and equipment.
#JoyChallenge – Promotes joy through community and staff service projects.
Area of Greatest Need – This general fund distributes gifts where they can do the most good.
Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri – Serves those in need through disaster recovery, homeless prevention services, developmentally disabled services, mental health, family counseling and more.
Your Donations at Work
Caring Fund: Joan’s Story
After some unexpected family issues in late 2016, Joan Sweet found herself in a difficult position.
“My grandson had to come live with me for a while and I just didn’t have the funds for it,” she said.
She tried at first to keep things together, but before long, bills started catching up to her in a serious way.
“I thought I was going to lose my house.” she said.
Having worked in the Saint Francis billing department since 2009, Sweet said she was familiar with the Caring Fund but resisted applying, even after colleagues suggested it to her as an option.
“I’m used to doing it on my own and not asking for help,” she explained. “The girls around me just kept encouraging me to apply because, as they put it, ‘That’s what we’ve been putting our money in for this whole time; to help.'”
So between the stress and her coworkers’ insistence, Sweet finally agreed.
“I cried all day filling out that application,” she said. “I’m a pretty proud person and I had to swallow my pride but [the people from the Caring Fund] sat me down and talked me through it and made me feel better about it.”
Through the Caring Fund she received gift cards for food, allowing her to concentrate her existing finances on the bills hanging over her.
Sweet said the Caring Fund was what got her through that difficult time.
“I mean, it’s here to help you when you’re down and out and you have nowhere to turn,” she said. “It’s the best thing since ice cream.”
She said she thinks everyone ought to consider donating.
“Even if you can’t do it on a per-check basis, even if all you can do is donate once, everybody needs to chip in something because this is just a wonderful program,” she said. “Five dollars or 10 dollars isn’t going to kill anybody and every little bit helps.”
After all, she said, things happen.
“That shoe may be on your foot one day and when it is, Saint Francis will be there to help,” she said. “And that’s through the Caring Fund.”
Caring Fund: Logan’s Story
In 2016, Logan Pratt noticed a troubling knot on her daughter, Brynnin’s back. Pratt decided that the 10-month-old needed to see a doctor quickly.
The Pratt family learned that Brynnin had been born with congenital scoliosis, a misshapen vertebra fused to normal vertebra. It would be the sudden start of a medical process the Pratts weren’t altogether prepared for. They were referred first to a specialist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
After an MRI, they learned from a neurosurgeon that on top of the congenital scoliosis, Brynnin also had Chiari malformation, a condition where her brain was too big for her skull. As a result, Brynnin’s spinal cord was being put under too much pressure
“They did a sleep study on Brynnin only to find that she stopped breathing around 37 times in the night,” Pratt said. “They had to move quickly.”
But the urgency of the situation put the Pratt family under unexpected strain. Pratt, who works for Piedmont Physician Associates, began to face the possibility of a long and costly work absence.
“I hadn’t been with Piedmont Physician Associates for very long and I didn’t have much ETO,” Pratt said. “As I was thinking about all of the time off I would need to care for Brynnin, I started to get overwhelmed, but I would do what was needed for my daughter.”
That’s when Pratt’s practice manager, Marilyn Lueddecke, helped ease some of the family’s worries and suggested she try reaching out to the Saint Francis Foundation regarding the Caring Fund.
Luckily, situations like Pratt’s are precisely what the Caring Fund was established to address. Funded by Saint Francis employees through the Power of One Campaign, the Caring Fund helps other employees who face unexpected hardships by helping pay for disaster assistance, memorial support or other financial emergencies.
“I placed my application and was surprised at how quickly they responded,” Pratt said. “All the stress started to melt away!”
The Caring Fund was able to help cover gas expenses for medical expenses and also kept Logan and Brynnin’s medical insurance active.
Brynnin turned two years old on December 7 and has since undergone another MRI and a procedure to have a tethered spinal cord repaired. Those procedures have been successful, Pratt said, and, she’s happy to report, Brynnin is doing well.
“We had a follow-up and the MRI showed that the surgery did correct the issues she was having,” Pratt said. “And now, we don’t have to go back for another year, rather than before, we were scheduled to go back to the doctor every few months.”
Although she went through a lot of stress, Pratt said Brynnin has proved to be quite a resilient toddler, keeping high spirits through it all.
“My daughter is stronger than I am,” she said. “You would never know she has been through so many surgeries, she is just the happiest kid to be around.”
Logan is thankful for not only the funding she received, but also the backing of the Saint Francis Family.
“The people who gave to the fund don’t know me or my family, but they helped us in such a great way,” Pratt said. “I’m very thankful and it means so much to me and my family.”
Power of One Rewards
Powerful giving can lead to prizes and giveaways for you
Make a contribution to Power of One, and you’ll be eligible for a new badge extender. Plus, when you make a powerful donation of $5 or more per pay period, you can earn a coupon code for a variety of Saint Francis, Pink Up or Power of One store merchandise.
This year’s Power of One drawing prizes include St. Louis Cardinals tickets, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail tickets, restaurant gift cards and many more items! Dozens of prizes, worth $3,400!
St. Louis Cardinals Tickets
Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Tickets
“Power of One” logo items
POWER PRIZE DRAWING CATEGORIES:
- Early-bird contributors of $5 per pay period or more by May 25 at 5pm
- Contributed online in 2018
- All Power of One contributors!
Drawing 1 – May 30 for qualifying early-bird drawing
Drawing 2 – June 21 for all other categories
2018 Campaign Champions
Piedmont Physician Associates
Sue Kennedy, CCMA
Farmington Physician Associates
Food and Nutrition Services
David Stagner, MBA
Julie Woodruff, RN, BSN
2018 Committee Members
|Charlotte Aldridge||Kneibert Clinic||Poplar Bluff|
|Emily Blattel||Marketing||Cape Girardeau|
|Tammy Deimund||Cape ENT||Cape Girardeau|
|Sherry Hills||Piedmont Physician Associates||Piedmont|
|Beth Keller||Business Development||Cape Girardeau|
|Karen McDaniel||Business Development||Poplar Bluff|
|Cheryl Fortner||Jackson Family Care||Jackson|
|Violet "Sue" Kennedy||Farmington Physician Associates||Farmington|
|Christy LeGrand||Foundation||Cape Girardeau|
|Danielle Torbet||Foundation||Cape Girardeau|
|Jimmy Wilferth||Foundation||Cape Girardeau|
Foundation Support Staff
|Ashley Gentry||Foundation||Cape Girardeau|
|Laura Propst||Foundation||Cape Girardeau|
|3rd Floor ACC||100%|
|Cancer Services Administration||100%|
|Continuing Care Clinic||100%|
|Poplar Bluff Neurology Specialists||100%|
|Cape Diabetes & Endocrinology||80%|
|Charleston Family Care||80%|
|Piedmont Physician Associates||80%|
|Outpatient Rehab Services||75%|
|Cape ENT Group||73%|
|Purchasing & Receiving||70%|
|Physicians Park Primary Care||69%|
|Cape Neurosurgical Associates||67%|
|Saint Francis Outpatient Center||67%|
|Health Information Management||65%|
|Jackson Family Care||63%|
|Sleep Disorders Center||63%|
|Inpatient Occupational Therapy||53%|
|Farmington Physician Associates||52%|
|Cape Gynecologic Oncology||50%|
|Cape Medical Oncology||50%|
|SPD Supply Services||50%|
|Trauma Surgery Physicians||50%|