MASH - Memorial Annually Supports Health
Memorial's Annual Employee Giving Campaign
Every year, Memorial Health System employees have the opportunity to make a difference in our organization through philanthropy during the MASH campaign. Whether big or small, the combined gifts have a great impact on Memorial’s employees and the people and communities we serve.
MASH 2015 Raises More Than $267,000
Thanks to 916 employees, including 151 first-time donors, Memorial's annual employee giving campaign raised $267,490. All donations given to MASH stay within Memorial.
This year, hundreds of employees restricted their donation to a specific department, unit, fund or affiliate. Here are the totals for some of the most popular restricted donations:
Sharing Wishes Fund: $6,637
Compassion Leave: $9,432
Cancer Patient Assistance Fund: $9,486
Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois: $12,866
More than $127,865 was left unrestricted and will be used to fund grants awarded by the Foundation to support patient care, education and clinical research throughout Memorial Health System.
The 2015 campaign, The Great Tailgate, started April 20 and ended May 15. Visit the Foundation's Facebook page to see pictures from our donor sign-up events.
In 1989, a group of Memorial employees developed a plan to encourage co-workers to donate money for projects and programs at Memorial Medical Center. This early effort became known as MASH, which now stands for Memorial Annually Supports Health. The annual MASH campaign includes employees who work for Memorial Medical Center, Memorial Physician Services, Memorial Homes Services, Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois and Memorial Health System Corporate.
Since the first campaign 26 years ago, Memorial employees have donated more than $4.3 million through MASH to support patient care, education and research throughout Memorial Health System.
MASH Funds At Work
By donating to the annual giving campaign, employees can improve the lives of patients and co-workers. MASH emphasizes donor choice, so employees decide how their gift is used. Donations to MASH can be unrestricted or restricted.
Unrestricted MASH Donations
Unrestricted donations are used where the need is greatest and help Memorial Medical Center’s Foundation provide grants for patient care, education and research throughout Memorial Health System’s affiliates. Departments, units and affiliates with specific needs may apply for funding through the Foundation. Click here to access the grant applications and guidelines.
Some recent examples of grants include:
- The purchase of digital cameras for inpatient nursing units so pictures can be taken of all wounds that require care management. The goal is to reduce infection risk, nursing resources and supplies.
- A community-wide summit to encourage new relationships between local agencies and physicians.
- The purchase of iPads to improve bedside nutrition services by inpatient registered dietitians during ICU rounds.
Restricted MASH Donations
If employees choose to restrict their MASH donation, they can specify their gift for one of the following: a department, unit, fund or Memorial affiliate such as Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois.
Some examples of how restricted MASH funds have been spent include:
- Sir Koff A Lot bears for patients to use after open heart surgery.
- Registration fees for educational conferences.
- Providing financial assistance to patients of Memorial's Regional Cancer Center with limited resources.
- Helping a co-worker experiencing severe financial strain as a result of a tragic event.
MASH Donor Wall
The MASH Donor Wall, located outside of Memorial Medical Center's cafeteria, recognizes the generous support of employees who have made a donation to the annual campaign. Next time you visit Memorial Medical Center, be sure to take a look at the impressive list of employees who are making a difference within our organization by giving back.
The annual MASH campaign is coordinated by a committee of employees who represent a cross-section of participating Memorial Health System affiliates. These employees volunteer their time to plan the events during the one-month campaign and make presentations to educate their co-workers about MASH.
For more information about our annual employee giving campaign, please contact the Memorial Medical Center Foundation at (217) 788-4700.