Springfield Hospital launched its Annual Giving Campaign at 10 a.m. on November 10 with a small gathering of supporters under the portico at the hospital.
Rick Bibens, Springfield native, CEO of Bibens Ace Hardware Stores, and chair of the Springfield Medical Care Systems Board of Directors, is hosting this year's annual giving effort and spoke about its importance.
Bibens has long been a strong supporter of the hospital and said this year's effort is absolutely essential to the health and wellness of the region. "Vermonters are losing their health insurance in record numbers and the hospital's free care has climbed to more than $2.4 million in the last year alone. Our community must come together to support our friends and neighbors in Vermont during these difficult times," offered Bibens.
Glenn Cordner, hospital CEO, spoke reminding local residents that "Springfield Hospital is ranked at the very top of Vermont hospitals in key measures of quality. If we are to provide that high level of excellent care to everyone across the region who needs it, we need the help of our loyal donors this year more than ever."
Cordner added, "Rick's team of local volunteers will be calling folks in the coming weeks to ask for their support. These gifts will help ensure that the high-tech medical practice with old-fashioned care residents have come to expect will continue long into the future no matter where the national healthcare debate winds up."