St. Francis Foundation Distributes $56,470 to Area First-Responders
August 16, 2017
First responses to emergencies in the area will happen more quickly and effectively thanks to a funding project by the CHI Health St. Francis Foundation.
At a news conference on Tuesday, Aug. 15, in Conference Room 2/3 at St. Francis, Foundation board chairman Jeremiah Johnson presented 11 checks totaling $56,470 to area first-responders in Hall, Hamilton, Howard, Merrick and Greeley counties. The funds included $39,500 that was raised from this year’s Ticket to Win event back in May and an additional $17,240 added by the St. Francis Foundation.
“We are so grateful to the community for the support they’ve shown for our area EMTs through our Ticket to Win fundraiser,” said Claire Aguilar, St. Francis Foundation director. “Their donations provided significant funding for area first-responders to purchase equipment and educational materials that are not funded through their budgets.”
Area first-responders receiving funds included:
- Alda Volunteer Fire Department: K-12 Saw, air compressor ($1,250).
- Aurora Fire Department: Gear for three fire fighters ($7,362).
- Central City Ambulance: Pulse Ox monitors ($900).
- Dannebrog Volunteer Fire & Rescue: Full-body CPR training manikin ($3,345).
- Doniphan Volunteer Fire Department: Five new Motorola pagers ($2,115).
- Giltner Rural Fire Department: New headset radios ($2,250).
- Greeley Rescue: Zoll X Series defibrillator monitor ($15,000).
- Hamilton County Ambulance Service: Two AEDs, scoop stretcher, suctioning units ($5,807).
- Hampton Fire Department: Gear for firefighters ($6,258).
- Marquette Volunteer Fire & Rescue: Three SCBAs ($4,950).
- Wood River Fire Department: Ambulance cot and Stat Trac Cot Fastening System ($7,233).
About CHI Health St. Francis
CHI Health St. Francis is a non-profit faith-based hospital serving Central Nebraska with state-of-the-art healthcare services. The St. Francis tower has 159 acute-care patient rooms, including the Family Birthing Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit and a 10-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit. St. Francis also operates a Cancer Treatment Center in Grand Island and Hastings, a Skilled Care Unit and an Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center.