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United Way Tally

JHM is among the top contributors to the 2005 United Way of Central Maryland community campaign, with $1,403,700 in gifts and pledges, more than its $1,268,000 goal.

With 76 percent participation, JH HealthCare emerged a star. How did they do it? Regular e-mails, raffles, personal stories, and active departmental reps, says Sue Phelps, HealthCare’s campaign leader. “We started using these techniques the year before last and started to see our participation jump.” It didn’t hurt, she added, that Medicine’s campaign chair Patty Brown is JHHC president. “She makes it personal, and that has trickled down.”

“We sincerely thank each and every one of you participated,” Brown, along with Dean/CEO Edward Miller and JHH/JHHS President Ronald Peterson, wrote in an e-mail to employees. “We extend a special thank you to the divisional coordinators and departmental team leaders whose generous gift of time and effort made our campaign possible.”

Millions More

The Children’s Tower came one giant step closer to reality last month with the announcement of an anonymous, $100 million gift to the Knowledge for the World campaign. In addition to the $275.5 million Children’s Tower, the gift will support stem cell research, Gilman Hall renovation and projects at Public Health. The gift, the largest since 2001 when Sidney Kimmel gave $150 million for cancer research and patient care, lifts the campaign over its $2 billion goal.

Fueled to Action

A hearing on Maryland’s energy assistance program took place last month in Annapolis to air concerns about depleted energy assistance funds for those who cannot afford to pay their utility bills. Members of the JH Task Force, featured in February’s Dome, along with the Office of Home Energy Programs, expressed concerns that increased costs for fuel would deplete state funding and some 8,000 low-income households could have utilities turned off. But Gov. Robert Ehrlich proposed supplemental funding for the project for a year, and the House Economic Matters Committee chair submitted a bill to permanently increase funding.



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