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Loving, Giving, Healing. A legacy of life-changing moments for over 40 years.

FOCUS ON GIVING A Shot in the Arm Boosting Support for Our Nurses

Volume 4 Issue 2

Fall 2011 In this issue A Shot in the Arm–Boosting Support for Our Nurses Lives of Honor–Two Local Leaders Receive Foundation’s Highest Awards Save the Date for these Upcoming Events A Community’s Heart–Funds Raised to Benefit Those Without Healthcare A Memory to Keep Them Warm–Hospice Volunteer Provides Comfort with Homemade Quilts

Imagine facing a healthcare crisis in your life without enough nurses to tend to your needs. This frightening scenario is one our local community faces in the next several years as we step into a serious nursing shortfall. Now imagine the collective power to evoke change when a community resolves to address Vicky Kirkton, left, Associate Professor and the growing need for nurses. Director Undergraduate Program in Nursing at This is just the vision, Goshen College chats with Schrock Nursing Loan persistence and cooperation student, Leah Richardson. you find with the Schrock and Fidler families, IU Health Goshen Hospital, Goshen College and Goshen Hospital and Health Care Foundation, all working cohesively together. The need for nurses is compounded by the problem of attrition. With a nurse’s average age in the American workforce today being 47, half of all nurses will need to be replaced due to retirements by 2020. To make matters worse, by 2015 when most baby boomers will have reached age 65, the percent of the population needing medical care will increase significantly. Vicky Kirkton, Director, Undergraduate Nursing at Goshen College, explains, “Nursing skills today demand the ability to deal with complex and often spontaneous situations, a high degree of problemsolving skills and state-of-the-art technology savvy. These skills depend upon access to robust undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees and also upon continuing education opportunities for working nurses.” When Kirkton came to Goshen in the early 90’s, it was during another nursing shortfall as high school students did not find nursing an attractive career choice. Over time, with careful planning, program development and national nursing career marketing and recruiting efforts, the program grew to graduate 37 nurses in 2007, with an average of 24 matriculating each year.

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Liz Gunden, Director of the Goshen Birth Center and former Vice President of Nursing at Goshen Hospital, teaches in the undergraduate program and in the Clinical Nurse Leader Program at Goshen College and has seen the dynamics of the hospital nursing needs change. More students are achieving Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Nursing and Nurse Practitioner degrees today to meet those needs. IU Health Goshen Hospital is encouraging all nurses to obtain a BSN.

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Lives of Honor

Two Local Leaders Receive Foundation’s Highest Awards With 93 years of service between them in leadership, philanthropy and healthcare, Harold Schrock and Weldon Troyer, MD, were honored recently for lives spent devoted to the service of others when Goshen Hospital and Health Care Foundation recognized both men at the inaugural Gala for Goshen Health in June. Harold Schrock received the Lifetime Healthcare Leadership Award, which is the Foundation’s highest public award given annually to an individual with multiple years of exemplary healthcare service. Schrock, who in 1969 served as a founding board member, was president of the Foundation’s board from 1980 Dr. Weldon Troyer, left, and to 1982. He has provided major support to Harold Schrock with their awards. the Schrock Nursing Loan Program, which his mother began and which has helped hundreds attain nursing degrees. Dr. Weldon Troyer received the Lifetime Physician Service Award, which is the highest award the Foundation bestows on a local physician who demonstrates extraordinary commitment to quality patient care at the hospital and in the community. Troyer has served as a physician in the greater Goshen area since 1960 and was instrumental in starting the hospital’s hospice program. He has served on the board of directors of the Goshen Hospital and Health Care Foundation since 2001 and was president of the board in 2009.

A Shot in the Arm continued... How does our community prepare for this huge shift in the population’s demographics juxtaposed with the shortage of nurses who require ongoing training? Enter the local heroes of nursing innovation and support: the Schrock and Fidler families. Anna Schrock’s vision 39 years ago, that established the Schrock Nursing Loan program, is still today providing interest-free loans to attract students to nursing. With more students studying for advanced degrees, the need for financial assistance has increased with applications for Schrock loans tripling this year alone. Nurse graduates, many who could not have afforded to graduate without the interest-free loans, are required to work at IU Health Goshen Hospital for at least one year if a position is available. Over 200 nursing students have received loans since the program began. The Fidler family recognized the importance of providing high quality nursing continuing education so patients could receive the very best health care. Their funding has supported the nursing continuing education needed to ensure that IU Health Goshen Hospital receives the very select Magnet designation, awarded to a hospital by meeting 65 qualitative and quantitative tests of the American Nursing Credentialing Center. Please support those who care for us by continuing to grow the impact of the Schrock Loan and Fidler Nursing Continuing Education programs by making a designated gift to the Schrock Nursing or Fidler Nursing Continuing Education with the enclosed envelope.

Mark your Calendar

for these Upcoming Events

Razzle-Dazzle Thursday, December 1, 2011

Chocolate, Wine & Hors d’oeuvres Jazz Entertainment by “Vibe Nation” $30 per person

($25 for Caring Club Members)

Call 533-4500 for reservations or online at

Community Shopping Benefit Night at

Ten Thousand Villages 206 S. Main St. Downtown Goshen Thursday, December 15, 2011

4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. 20% of net sales from the benefit will be donated to Goshen Hospital and Health Care Foundation. Ten Thousand Villages is a not-forprofit fair trade organization selling handmade, responsibly sourced gifts from more than 130 artisan groups from 38 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin American, plus products from job skills training programs like Soup of Success in Elkhart. Find a unique handcrafted gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your Christmas list. Not only will you be supporting organizations locally, this is your opportunity to improve the livelihoods of artisans around the world.

A Community’s Heart

Funds Raised to Benefit Those Without Healthcare Determined to care for those without healthcare, Goshen Hospital and Health Care Foundation raised nearly $38,000 for the uninsured at its inaugural "Gala for Goshen Health" in June. The Gala, which brought together more than 200 community activists, donors and business leaders, was held to raise funds to provide care for those in the Goshen area with medical needs who could not otherwise afford treatment. A $22,000 check, which will fund the addition of a nurse practitioner to treat 750 more patients a year, was presented to the Center for Healing and Hope in July. The Center, which provides over 3,500 office visits each year for the uninsured, was forced in the month of May alone to turn away 50 families who were waiting in line in need of acute medical care due to lack of funding. The remaining $16,000 will be disbursed for the uninsured through a grants application process.

From left, representing Goshen Hospital and Health Care Foundation, Dr. Weldon Troyer, Board Member; Lynette Mischel, Executive Director; Tim Yoder, Board President; and from Center for Healing and Hope, Dale Wentorf, Director; Gene Hollingsworth, Board Member; and Alice Shenk, Nurse.

With job loss continuing and with many people who can not afford medical insurance or qualify for government assistance on their own, many will skip medical treatment to save money. Please give them hope to feel well again by contributing to the HOPE Project.

Ready for some good tax news? Congress has re-authorized the provision that allows you to make a tax-free gift from your IRA to the Foundation. That means you have a new source of tax-advantaged funds to use to make a gift. If you are 701 / 2 or older, find out how your giving to the Foundation just got easier! For the 2011 tax year, you only have until January 31, 2012 to complete your gift. For more detailed information, go to

Scenes from the Gala, above, top: Laura Ann Martin draws for the diamond necklace and John Ulmer dancing with Lois Fidler. It was so much fun that guests have demanded a repeat next year. Mark your calendar for the Gala for Goshen Health, June 8, 2012!

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A Memory to Keep Them Warm Hospice Volunteer Provides Comfort with Handmade Quilts

Connie and Phillip Bauman were looking toward milestones in their son Jeff’s life, never imagining they would lose him to a fast-spreading form of cancer at the tender age of 25. As a way to mitigate their pain and loss, the family joined the bereavement support group offered by Goshen Home Care and Hospice. Created to provide families with tools such as support groups, personal phone calls, visits and inspirational mailings, the Baumans spent the next 13 months coming to grips with their loss. They heard about Paula Stoltzfus’s memory quilts and decided to have one made to remember and honor their son. They provided t-shirts representing Jeff, his volunteer work and interests to Stoltzfus who transformed the garments into a memory quilt for them. One of the most precious shirts provided was a baby shirt Jeff wore that read “My Daddy Helped Born Me” that the Baumans received at the hospital when their son was born. The completed quilt, or comforter, as Paula Stoltzfus, hospice volunteer, likes to describe it, was presented to the Baumans on July 12, 2011 at their final bereavement support group meeting, which also happened be their 31st wedding anniversary.

Connie Bauman, left, mother of Jeff, with hospice volunteer, Paula Stoltzfus and the memory quilt that Paula made for the Baumans.

“We are so grateful for the gift of a beautiful memory quilt,” said Connie. “For us it is truly a work of art and a work of heart of the volunteer who designed and quilted it. It brings us many special memories of our son Jeff’s life.” After seven years of volunteering for the Goshen Home Care and Hospice program, Stoltzfus has made over 20 memory quilts for those that need them. Your donations help Hospice fund compassionate, caring programs at the end of life as well as supportive services for their families.

For more information, please contact Goshen Hospital and Health Care Foundation 574-533-4500 or make your donation online at

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