Two Credit Unions Prioritize Children’s Care
When donors like you give to ensure the best healthcare is available locally, it is often with children and grandchildren in mind. This is no different with local businesses.READ MORE
Giving and serving their community has been the backbone of both SPC Credit Union and Health Facilities Credit Union (now SC Federal Credit Union) since their inception. When each learned about the opportunity to support a regional Children’s Hospital expansion, they immediately felt it was a perfect fit.
Both are member-driven organizations. As such, supporting McLeod Health, the local medical center their members count on for care, is a focus of their giving.
“The driving force for this relationship is to keep money local,” explained Linda Weatherford, President of SPC. “When we give to the McLeod Health Foundation, 100 percent of our money stays here. McLeod Health is constantly serving our friends, family and colleagues every day through the services they provide. We are very blessed to have this facility and the level of care McLeod offers.”
Robert Harris, City Executive of SC Federal Credit Union, agreed.
“We have been involved with McLeod Health since 1977 when three local hospitals started Health Facilities Credit Union. Many McLeod employees were our members, so it has been a natural fit to give back to those we care for and serve every day. We are truly fortunate to have McLeod in a community of this size.”
When the McLeod Foundation launched its campaign to expand McLeod Children’s Hospital last year, these two credit unions wholeheartedly came on board. Many individuals and businesses throughout the region joined them, making commitments to support this most precious care.
Generous McLeod Foundation donors like you will join in celebrating the opening of the new, state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the Spring of 2021. This specialized care for the smallest and most vulnerable patients will be the latest achievement made possible through philanthropic efforts.
We are grateful for the support of SPC Credit Union, Health Facilities Credit Union and all who have made this loving care a priority.Close
Loyal Donor Remembers Why He Gives With Every Check He Writes
Twenty years ago, Stephen Love was driving home and listening to the radio. A voice came on asking listeners to donate during the annual Radiothon for McLeod Children’s Hospital.READ MORE
“They needed medical equipment, though I don’t recall now the specific item,” stated Stephen.
Regardless, he was inspired. The remainder of his drive home he thought about his diabetic grandson, who had been in and out of the McLeod Children’s Hospital for much of his childhood. He also thought about his father, a Shriner, and traveling with him in the days before McLeod had a Children’s Hospital to the Shriner’s Hospital in Greenville to visit sick children.
“I called as soon as I got home,” said Stephen.
After speaking with a Radiothon volunteer, he agreed to donate every month for one year. More than two decades later, he still makes a monthly gift supporting McLeod Children’s Hospital.
“At this point, it is natural to send my gift on the 20th of each month,” Stephen explained.
The McLeod Health Foundation offers donors the choice of mailing in a donation, making a gift online or setting up an auto-draft for recurring donations. Though there are many ways to give to the McLeod Foundation, Stephen prefers the old-fashioned method of writing a check each month.
“Every time I write that check, it makes me think about why I do it,” said Stephen. “If the cause is worth giving to, it is worth thinking about.”
When he picks up his pen each month on the 20th, in addition to his grandson — who is now in his late 20s and doing well — Stephen thinks about all the children who benefit from McLeod Children’s Hospital.
“I offer a prayer of thanks that these kids get the care they need and deserve,” said Stephen. “I hope whatever illness they had when they came to McLeod Children’s Hospital, they do not have it when they leave.”Close
Making Lives Brighter in Our Region
Bill and Mindy Taylor know firsthand the importance of having a local Children’s Hospital in the region.READ MORE
The couple recall the day they visited McLeod Children’s Hospital to meet their grandson, John Luke Iseman. John Luke was a healthy full-term baby, but several hours after his birth, his blood sugar dropped. He was rushed to the McLeod Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Bill and Mindy saw the fear their son and daughter-in-law experienced when staff took John Luke from their arms. It was the same anxiety Bill felt 39 years ago when his daughter, Olivia, had to be treated in the McLeod NICU.
“When Olivia was born, I was not prepared for the NICU,” Bill said. “I was unable to hold her for two weeks. But, I knew that my little girl was receiving the best care possible. The doctors and staff were just fantastic.”
Bill and Mindy encouraged their son and daughter-in-law, helping them understand that John Luke would receive excellent, state-of-the-art care.
And, they were right. Today, John Luke is an active two-year-old and the light of their lives. The Taylors know the value of McLeod Children’s Hospital more than most having had a daughter, and now a grandson, receive life-saving care from the McLeod NICU.
While the two have become generous supporters of McLeod Children’s Hospital — both personally and through Mindy’s employer, Duke Energy — they are quick to point out that they are not simply “donating” to a cause.
“I tell everyone that we are not just donating money; we are investing in the community,” Mindy explained. “But, when it becomes very personal, as it did for us, that is when you can really see the fruits of your investments.”
The Taylor family will always be grateful to McLeod Health Foundation donors who have also invested in excellent local care for children like Olivia and John Luke.
Mindy added, “We are so fortunate to have McLeod as a regional medical system. What would we do without them?”Close
You Provide Specialized Care for Frightened Children
Kristin Winfield and her family, especially her daughter, Lux, will be forever grateful for generous donors to the McLeod Children’s Hospital.READ MORE
May 8 started out like any normal workday. Kristin, a Certified Surgical Technologist, was in surgery with Neurosurgeon Dr. William B. Naso. Suddenly, she got a call that her daughter had been involved in an accident. Lux was being transported to McLeod Regional Medical Center.
Kristen frantically arrived at the Emergency Department where she learned that Lux had sustained a severe head injury. Lux was unconscious and bleeding from the ears.
McLeod staff comforted Kristin and kept her informed of what was going on. The COVID-19 crisis made visitation difficult, so she was also relieved to learn that Dr. Naso, having finished his case, was now checking on Lux. “I was thinking of the worst-case scenario,” recalls Kristin.
Lux was transferred to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in McLeod Children’s Hospital with a fractured skull, concussion, and a ruptured mastoid. It was overwhelming for Kristin to learn all of this and see her baby girl in a neck brace not moving.
“I just broke down,” Kristin said. Fortunately, Lux had a team of Pediatric Intensivists, ENTs, Neurologist and support staff providing care.
This specialized pediatric care is available because of McLeod Foundation’s generous donors who continue to value the best care for our children.
Kristin said, “Lux was very brave, she never cried once.”
Thanks to donors like you, Lux was able to receive this critical care in the region’s only PICU, which was vital to her recovery. Your support helped make this possible.
Having returned home, Lux and Kristen will always remember your kind support that made her recovery possible.Close
What could be closer to your heart than your grandchildren? Our families delight in creating memories and sharing a legacy with the next generation.
When you think of McLeod Children’s Hospital, you may be grateful that this specialized care is available locally for all children.READ MORE
Specially trained, caring professionals and well equipped facilities are there to stand in the gap when a child’s healthcare crisis occurs. Grandparents from around the region are joining together to provide funding for a much needed expansion of the McLeod Children’s Hospital.
For gifts of $1,000 or more you can honor your grandchildren on the Recognition Wall which will be displayed at the new entrance to McLeod Children’s Hospital. To make your Recognition Wall gift, click here.
All gifts are greatly needed and appreciated. If you would like to donate to the McLeod Children’s Hospital Expansion, click here.
View photos of recent Grandparent Celebrations.Close
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