GREENSBURG – “They were like machines…”
That’s how Hospital Foundation Director Bryan Robbins described the women of the Decatur County Extension Homemakers that helped plant 350 daffodil bulbs around the Decatur County Memorial Hospital campus earlier this week.
“They got done in an hour and a half, and I think I was the only one sweating,” he continued facetiously.
The flowers were part of the Hospital Foundation’s annual Daffodil Campaign, in which generous donors give to the Foundation in memory of individuals, special occasions, extra efforts, or simply as a thank you, and an according number of daffodils are planted to bloom each spring. Since 2007, over 2,100 daffodils have been planted and decorate the campus. Robbins related that over $4,000 was raised this year, all of which goes toward funding the special equipment and program needs of DCMH. “It’s a program that has triple benefit: it’s a beautiful display each spring, the person or event can be remembered, and the funding helps benefit the health and wellness of the community.”
Contributions can be made throughout the year, at the Foundation’s Hospital office or online at www.dcmh.net/Daffodil. Bulbs need to be planted in the fall, so any contributions collected after October will be included in the next year’s order. Those honored may also receive additional recognition through interior plaques and an engraved exterior stone, depending on the contribution level. “It’s a great way of showing admiration and appreciation,” added Robbins, “and the funds will stay local and impact the local community.” Speaking on behalf of the Foundation Board, he expressed thanks to all who helped with this year’s campaign, especially the Homemakers, as well as to all those who contributed outright and to honor others.
The Hospital Foundation Board includes President Cleo Duncan, Vice-President Susan Burkhart, Secretary Nancy Sheffer, Treasurer Guy Folkman and Board members Daryl Smith, George Reiger, Cris Reynolds, Mary Sue McGinn, Dr. Mary McCullough and DCMH CEO Linda Simmons.
In upcoming events, next year’s 7th Annual Gala “South Pacific Sunset” will be held Friday, April 11 at the Columbus Commons in Columbus.
For more information, check out www.dcmh.net/gala or call the Hospital Foundation at 663-1220.