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Corporator Development Office Update

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Corporator Development Office Update

Corporator giving is key to Emerson’s successful Annual Appeal

Emerson’s corporators played an important role in helping Emerson’s Annual Appeal to again surpass the million-dollar mark. As the books for the fiscal year closed on September 30, the Annual Appeal—the hospital’s all-important fund for unrestricted giving—had reached $1.1 million.

“People got on board,” says Diane Chellis, assistant director of the Emerson Health Care Foundation. “I’m pleased to report that 83 percent of our corporators contributed $290,505 to the Annual Appeal. That represents a 10 percent increase in donors over last year and $21,000 in increased donations to the appeal. We are very grateful to our community of corporators.”

Thanks go to the Annual Appeal Committee, which is chaired by Lynn Martin, a corporator from Boxborough. “Members of the committee participated in two different phonathons and made personal contact with many friends and community residents on behalf of the Annual Appeal,” notes Ms. Chellis.

“As a committee, one of the things we worked on was corporator participation,” says Ms. Martin. “In other words, it’s not about how much you give, but that you give something. We want to get corporators into the habit of giving.”

Awareness-building also is important. A community outreach event was held in Harvard in September. Several Emerson board members and corporators attended the wine-tasting at the Harvard General Store, as did members of the surrounding community. Christine Schuster, Emerson president and CEO, spoke at the event, and Karl Kussin, chief development officer, made brief remarks.

“We are also grateful to the Corporator Executive Committee and Janine Papesh, stewardship officer, for their roles in emphasizing the importance of supporting the Annual Appeal,” says Ms. Chellis. “And, of course, we thank all of Emerson’s corporators who made the Annual Appeal a priority in their giving this year.”

The hospital thanked donors at the Annual Donor Reception, held on October 1 at the DeCordova Museum. It was the day after the close of the fiscal year and provided an opportunity to celebrate the success of the Annual Appeal and acknowledge all leadership donors.

Corporators gather for a preview of the new Center for Sports Rehabilitation and Specialty Services

The first corporator event of the fall season—a “virtual tour” of the new Center for Sports Rehabilitation and Specialty Services—was held on September 17. Seventy-three corporators enjoyed dinner and received a sneak preview of plans for the expanded center, which is moving to 310 Baker Avenue.

Paul Birch, chairman of the Emerson board, welcomed corporators, thanked them for coming and described how Emerson’s emphasis on providing an ever-widening range of rehabilitation services has put it ahead of the curve. Hospitals everywhere are placing greater emphasis on outpatient services, such as rehabilitation; currently, 75 percent of Emerson’s revenues are derived from outpatient care.

The center has seen an increase of 5,000 rehabilitation patients over the previous year. “The center is a success story,” says Jeff Campbell, chair of the campaign committee overseeing the $3 million fundraising initiative to create the new center. “There is no question that they will be adding new programs.”

Because construction had recently begun on the 16,700-square foot facility, the dinner event was held in adjacent space at 310 Baker Avenue. “We asked the architect of the new center to provide us with a virtual 3D tour of the space,” says Melissa Saalfield, major gifts officer. Terrie Enis, PT, MSPT, center director, described the features of each area, including the aquatic therapy pool, neuro gym, pediatric gym, orthopedic treatment areas and Cantu Concussion Center. Karen Bougas, MD, a physiatrist and the center’s medical director, and Ms. Schuster also spoke.

Ms. Saalfield and the campaign committee are working with Gloria Clough, chair of the Emerson Hospital Foundation, and Karl Kussin, the new vice president for development, to create awareness and engage individuals who will support the fundraising initiative.