The annual UH St. John Medical Center Golf Classic is back after a year of hiatus. On Monday, September 13, over 100 golfers came to Red Tail Golf Club to raise much needed funds for UH St. John. Thanks to presenting sponsor Huntington Bank and more than 30 organizations and individual sponsors, over $70,000 was raised.
“It’s great to welcome back so many long-time supporters and to see many new ones,” said Matt Long, UH St. John Medical Center Development Officer. “Huntington has been a tremendous partner for many years and we are extremely grateful for the support of our Leadership Council.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was canceled in 2020. “It was hard to cancel last year. This event is so important for the nurses, doctors, and all of the caregivers that work at St. John,” explained the event chair, Gary Ebert. “Now, more than ever, we want to offer them our support and to let them know that the community stands behind them. We are so fortunate to have a hospital like St. John right here in our community.”
Funds raised will benefit the Leadership Innovation Fund, which helps advance research and treatments for local patients as well as to provide caregivers with access to the most advanced capital technology.
Golfers had a fun day on the course complete with many skills challenges, great food and drink, and plenty of friendly faces. One of them was Julie Kiefer, BSN, RN, who provided patrons blood pressure screenings as they made the turn to hole # 10.
Event Chair Gary Ebert and fellow Leadership Council Co-Chair Eva Zunich were recognized along with other members of the council and hospital board. The Leadership Council is an engaged volunteer group who serve as informed advocates, strategic advisors, and resources for philanthropic support for the hospital.
“We appreciate everyone who came out today to show their support for UH St. John Medical Center,” said Jonathan Sague, Chief Operating Officer. “Your generosity will have a great impact on the patients we serve and the caregivers who come to work every day. We are making great investments in our campus, notably in breast health, pediatrics, and cancer care. We look forward to continuing to ensure St. John is the premier place to receive care for you and your family.”