The Gift of Giving
|The 28th Annual Good Samaritan Gala, “Groovy Blast from the Past,” was attended by 700 guests and raised an all-time record of more than $500,000 to benefit Good Samaritan Free Health Center of Price Hill.
Cincinnatians have an extraordinary history of generosity to their community and to the medical facilities that care for them. This “spirit of giving” was infused by both The Sisters of Charity, Good Samaritan Hospital founders, and the German Methodist Deaconesses, founders of Bethesda Hospital, from the moment they began to care for the public.
The values that these two founding groups passed on to their respective hospitals are rooted deeply in TriHealth’s two hospital foundations, the Bethesda Foundation and the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation. They both tirelessly work to support our community and consistently advance the quality of care we provide. TriHealth’s many “firsts” have been achieved because of the generous spirit of the community we serve.
Formed in 1974, Bethesda Foundation supports Bethesda North Hospital, Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside Center for Grieving Children. Donor contributions, grants and special events provide funding for technology advances, patient care, medical research, and compassionate end-of-life care and bereavement services.
Formed in 1986, Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation works to sustain the level of personal, compassionate care for which Good Samaritan Hospital is renowned. The Foundation is also dedicated to community outreach with innovative health education and wellness programs that help people maintain better health.
|Since 2002, the Bethesda Foundation has raised more than $1 million in direct support for Bethesda North Hospital through the Foundation’s annual speaker series, the Bethesda LYCEUM. Last year, deep-sea explorer Robert Ballard delighted a crowd of nearly 400.
What Has Been Accomplished
Through the generous spirit of our community, the Bethesda and the Good Samaritan Hospital foundations have enhanced care throughout the TriHealth system by creating outreach programs and funding medical research, hospice, cardiac and cancer initiatives, women’s services, and medical and nursing education. Their work will continue to positively affect the lives of all of us.
The Most Precious Gift
While dollars count, giving of time is just as important. Both foundations are served by steadfast groups of volunteers whose spirit of giving includes the significant gift of themselves.
The Good Samaritans have raised $5.7 million in funds that have effectively addressed our community’s health needs. Good Samaritan Hospital Guild has raised $4 million to fund vital special projects and programs.
The Auxiliary of Bethesda Hospital helps purchase medical equipment, promote social services and fund programs that provide comfort and care to Bethesda North patients and their families. Our vision of working together, with TriHealth physicians, hospitals and communities is what enables our inherent “spirit of giving” to be fully realized.
You can make online donations at the foundations' websites. If you'd like to volunteer, you can learn more at TriHealth Volunteering.