Hill Country Memorial’s (HCM) single patient room renovations are a step closer to fruition as the gala underwriting committee, led by Jim Partin, MD, a Fredericksburg internal medicine physician, has begun raising funds to meet the needs of patients. He is joined in this volunteer effort by committee members Jerry Bane, MD, Jody Donovan, Cindy Gallagher, Dan Kemp, Tony Klein, Amanda Stevens and Ray Tolson.
"Single patient rooms have been the industry standard for new hospital construction for many years," said Dr. Partin. "Proceeds from this gala will help HCM remodel 40 semi-private rooms into single patient rooms." Evidence indicates that single patient rooms afford a greater measure of privacy, facilitate better communication between the patient and the health care professionals, and offer an atmosphere better suited for family members to participate in the healing process.
The rooms and bathrooms will have a fresh design, with new paint, lighting, furnishings, and equipment. The cost is estimated to be $1.2 million, or $30,000 per room. The Diamond underwriting level has been set at $30,000, to coincide with the cost of renovating one room. In recognition of that gift, a plaque will be placed at the door of that room honoring the donor. Other underwriting opportunities begin at $350, and all underwriters will be invited to the Patron Party held this year at the Boot Ranch Club House.
Dr. Partin chaired the underwriting committee for the first time in 2009, when Gala XIII raised $416,000 towards angiography equipment for the hospital’s new catheterization labs. This year, the committee has set a goal of raising $400,000 and the overarching goal for the entire event is $450,000. Additional funds will come from the benefit drawing, auctions, ticket sales and general donations.
Gala XIV: Puttin’ on the Ritz – Celebrating the Remarkable Journey will be held at the ranch of the late Dr. Dor and Mrs. Virginia Brown on October 15, and it will be preceded by a daytime celebration on Friday, October 14, at Boot Ranch, which includes the choice of attending a brunch at 9:30 a.m. or lunch at 1:30 p.m.
Dr. Partin said anyone wishing to support the project or volunteer to reach the goal, should contact the HCMH Foundation at (830) 997-1297.