At Thursday's meeting of the Board of Trustees at Sheridan Memorial Hospital, members of the board announced that the hospital's foundation received a generous gift - a gift of $5 million from the trust of a Story woman. The donation will benefit certain types of care at the hospital.
Lorraine Husman of Story put together the gift with her two siblings, Howard Sorensen of Sheridan and Shirley Willet of Omaha, Nebraska. CEO of the hospital, Mike McCafferty, explains what programs the unexpected donation will go towards.
McCafferty says this is not the first time a philanthropic effort like this one has kick-started programs at the hospital. In the 1990s, a donation from the Watt Foundation helped build and equip the dialysis center. And without it, McCafferty says, the center would not exist.
Now, this donation from the Husman Trust will establish what doctors calls a cath lab - an exam room and laboratory where both diagnostics and life-saving cardiac procedures can be performed. McCafferty explains.
McCafferty says patients can expect the future cath lab and the current dialysis center to be around for a long time. The cardiac care center could open as early as mid-January - with equipment already on its way - all thanks to the donation.