Santee Electric Cooperative contributes over $10,000 to help local hospital deal with COVID-19
Article was added on Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Doctors at the hospital and representatives of the foundation
knew they needed more ventilators to prepare for a potential influx
of patients associated with the COVID-19 outbreak.
Additionally, given the fact that the hospital has been operating
out of a temporary facility since the 2015 flood, money was also
needed for glass doors inside the structure to help keep patients
testing positive for the virus from infecting other
patients. So far Williamsburg Regional Hospital has not had
any positive COVID-19 patients in the facility, but they are
working diligently to be ready should the need arise.
"When the Foundation reached out to us," said Rob Ardis,
CEO of SEC, "our Board of Trustees stepped up in a big way and
approved a large donation to serve this need."
Furthermore, SEC's Women Involved in Rural Electrification
(W.I.R.E.) organization also agreed to contribute money to the
cause. "Our small group realizes the importance of our local
hospital. We want Williamsburg Regional Hospital to be there for
our community in our time of need, so we knew we had to be there
for them when they needed us. WIRE is proud to help support this
project," stated WIRE chairperson Megan Blackburn.
Altogether, the contribution from SEC and its W.I.R.E.
organization will total $10,500. Hospital CEO, Sharon Poston
remarked, "Santee Electric Co-op has always been a provider of
need. We are grateful for the Board and the Company every
day…especially for the sacrifice they are making to donate this
money needed to make our facility top notch for our potential
patients. The cream always rises to the top!"
"SEC, of course, is a not-for-profit entity too.
Furthermore, we always run on very thin margins," Ardis goes on to
say, "so we do not have a great deal of money for charitable
donations in any given year. However, there is such a great
need right now that we knew we had to pitch in with all we could
Photo above: Dr. Troy Gamble WRH Chief Medical Officer and
Sharon Poston WRH Chief Executive Officer stand in the ICU where
new glass doors will soon stand to keep patients safer.
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