ONTONAGON, Mich. – It takes a community coming together to make great things happen, and the Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital (AOH) Foundation could not agree more. With generous community support, the AOH Foundation is happy to announce it has officially met its fundraising goal of $198,000 to cover the cost of the new main entrance canopy at Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital.
“It has been truly amazing how the Ontonagon community has supported the Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital Foundation and its goal to raise funds for the new entry canopy for the hospital,” said Jim Jessup, Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital Foundation President. “This community has once again shown how it cares about its members by donating sufficient funds for the much-needed upgrade. You can pat yourself on the back and say ‘job well done.’”
Fundraising for the canopy began in the summer of 2016, and the project was completed in January of 2017. The main entrance canopy was separate from the hospital’s emergency department expansion and inpatient unit renovation. Foundation members felt there was a need to update the existing main entrance to allow for easier, more comfortable access to the hospital, while also keeping in line with the design features of the new ED expansion.
Because the expansion and renovation came in under budget, the cost savings, combined with the community’s generous donations, helped the foundation reach its financial goal.
“We are very thankful that the community continues to demonstrate their support of our local hospital, not only by utilizing our services, but also by donating financially to improve the hospital esthetics and ease of access for our patients,” said Deanna Wilson, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Site Manager at Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital. “We are truly grateful for the financial support of this project.”
Jessup said a lot of heart went into their fundraising efforts, between the many incredible donors and the foundation board members who continually work to make a positive difference in the health of the community for years to come.
“I personally want to thank all of the board members who devoted their time and energy into getting the word out about this project,” he said. “Congratulations on a job well done.”