Foundation for Knox Community Hospital Leadership Is A Personal Matter

“The staff at Knox Community Hospital saved my life - twice,” said Starr.  “I benefited from some of the equipment in the cardiac department the Foundation purchased which was used to bring me back to the world in 2015.  I’m still here because effective leaders of the community had the forethought to provide a service that I and many other people in Knox County would need.  How can you not want to be a part of that legacy?”

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Giving NewsLori Wilkes
Elvis and Friends

 

On October 20th, The Foundation hosted a packed house for “The Elvis Show, featuring Patsy Cline” at the Knox County Memorial Theater. Not since Johnny Cash came to town has Mount Vernon seen such an overwhelming crowd.  The musical night opened with local singer Courtney DeCosky performing a powerful rendition of Cline’s music which allowed guests to travel back in time down a familiar country road.  The headliner event then featured an energetic and entertaining performance by Mike Mazza as Elvis Presley.   Not only did he sing and dance his way through Elvis’s well-known hits from the 1950s and 1970s, Mazza also added comic one-liners to his performance.   Between the sets, Marilyn Monroe (played by Kelly Lauth) made a cameo appearance and sang “I wanna be loved by you” and “Happy Birthday.”  The evening was fun-filled, to be sure, and all the proceeds went toward the construction of the new KCH Family Care Center.

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Lori Wilkes
Family Care Center Update

Giant yellow excavators have been steadily carving up the earth since the shovels first hit the ground back in July 2018.  The new addition to the KCH campus—the Family Care Center—already has a parking area the size of three football fields.  Its access road has been topped with new asphalt, and the massive retention ponds have all been completed.  So far, over 21,000 cubic yards of soil have been moved, and that’s not the half of it.  The Center’s enormous footprint is being sculpted by expert craftsmen.  After the forms are set in place, they’ll be filled with thousands of yards of concrete and reinforced steel.   All of these crucial structural steps are being overseen by a small army of workers who take great pride in each phase of the project.  While the building is currently in the earth moving stage, Paul Schultz, the primary architect for the Family Care Center, said that the overall design will emphasize sunshine. “The Family building is designed to bring in as much natural light as possible.  Waiting areas and patient rooms have large windows which will allow patients and visitors to receive as much natural sunlight as possible, and they’ll also provide calming views of the outside.”  In fact, Schultz reports that the new facility will have 625 windows.

“The project is proceeding on schedule,” says Ron Stull, the Director of Facilities and Construction, who expects that construction will be completed by the end of 2019.  None of this would be possible without donors like you.

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Lori Wilkes
Practice Makes Perfect

Healthcare uses simulation in its practice as today's clinicians train on high-tech mannequins. From basic procedures to rehearsals for highly com­plex operations, simulation training helps healthcare professionals perfect their craft and enhance patient safety

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Lori Wilkes