OSF Women in Philanthropy celebrating 5th anniversary

ESCANABA – OSF Women in Philanthropy has marked the beginning of its fifth year. With 41 members, the group’s mission is to optimize the opportunity for women to help direct the future of healthcare in our community.

“Women are a significant source of philanthropy around the world and the primary decision makers in their families regarding healthcare options. They are the logical choice in helping to direct the future of medical care,” said Lanna Scannell former manager of community relations and development at OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group.

Members of OSF Women in Philanthropy combine their individual, annual financial gifts to provide needed new healthcare services and technology for OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group. They also meet for social and health education programs and lend their voice in determining the future of healthcare and helping to educate others in the community about healthcare issues and objectives.

Within the past five years, through their individual contributions, OSF Women in Philanthropy members have collectively donated more than $185,000 to the OSF Foundation. Their gifts have been used to purchase new equipment and technology and support services, including:

  • Fetal monitoring system that benefits expectant mothers and their unborn children
  • Fluid warmer/rapid infusion system used to help trauma patients in the emergency department
  • Holter monitoring software for cardiac patients
  • The new John & Melissa Besse Physical Rehabilitation & Wellness Center
  • Portable ultrasound unit
  • Dual breast pumps
  • Pediatric echo transducer
  • Microbiology microscope

“Women have had a tremendous impact in healthcare in Delta County throughout the hospital’s history,” noted Scannell. “OSF St. Francis Hospital is owned and operated by the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. Some of the most benevolent donors to the OSF Foundation have also been women.”

In 1989, the hospital received a $400,000 bequest from the estate of Dr. Alice Johnson to be used for education in the field of pediatrics, said Scannell. In 2003, the Foundation received a $200,000 endowment form another local woman philanthropist, Margaret Bezold.

“Those gifts continue to be used to provide needed new services and technology to benefit patients in our community.”

As OSF Women in Philanthropy celebrates its fifth year, new members are welcome. For more information, contact Kacie Hanchek at 786-3311, or via e-mail at kacie.hanchek@osfhealthcare.org. Membership is open to women of all ages who have an interest in healthcare in Delta County.