St. Joseph's Foundation was started to support the healing mission of St. Joseph's Hospital in Buckhannon, West Virginia. It is a 501 C 3 corporation, and it's primary goals are to develop relationships with community and business leaders, actively secure charitable support, and to advocate and promote the Hospital and its mission in the community.
This year, St, Joseph's Foundation is kicking off a new campaign called "Every Heartbeat Matters." The goal of the campaign is to support cardiology services and cardiac rehabilitation at St. Joseph’s Hospital by raising $100,000 over the next year for various equipment:
1) Transesophageal Probe: Allows physicians to see the back of the heart, providing more detailed images of the heart and its arteries.
2) Cardiac Rehabilitation Equipment: Cardiac Rehab Treadmill, (2) NuStep Exercise Machines (1 for current rehab facility, 1 for second-floor inpatients), upgrade to existing equipment, and other cardiac equipment as needed.
3) Automated External Defibrillators: Defibrillators are needed throughout the hospital and the physician clinics, and can save someone who is experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest. Having these life saving devices close at hand can mean the difference between life and death.
Why this campaign? West Virginia has the highest rate of heart disease in the nation at 14.6%-it is the leading cause of death in the state. West Virginia also has the 7th highest rate of stroke in the nation. Nationally, 1 in 4 women die from heart disease. St. Joseph's Foundation wants to fix these statistics and help our state in the fight against heart disease.