Colleague Giving Campaign - MASH

MASH - Memorial Annually Supports Health

Every year, Memorial Health System colleagues have the opportunity to make a difference in our organization by giving back through MASH. Whether big or small, the combined gifts have a great impact on Memorial’s colleagues and the people and communities we serve.

Every donation makes a difference in 2019

Nearly $252,000 was raised during our annual colleague giving campaign thanks to 794 colleagues, including 64 first-time donors.

All donations to MASH stay within Memorial Health System. This year, 49 percent of donors restricted their donations to a specific department, unit, fund or affiliate. Here are the totals for the most popular restricted donations:

  • Nursing Excellence Fund: $14,573
  • Cancer and Breast Cancer Patient Assistance funds: $13,463
  • Memorial Behavioral Health: $11,907
  • SystemCare: $7,072
  • Compassion Leave: $6,383

More than $127,000 was left unrestricted and will be used in 2020 to fund grants awarded by the Memorial Medical Center Foundation to support patient care, education and clinical research throughout Memorial.

The 2019 campaign, The Magical World of MASH, started May 1 and ended May 31. Photos from MASH donor events can be viewed at

For more information about our annual colleague giving campaign, please contact the Memorial Medical Center Foundation at 217-788-4700.

MASH History

In 1989, a group of Memorial colleagues 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. Colleagues who work for Memorial Medical Center, Memorial Physician Services, Memorial Homes Services, Memorial Behavioral Health and Memorial Health System Corporate participate in MASH.

Since the first campaign 30 years ago, Memorial colleagues have donated more than $5.4 million through MASH to support patients, co-workers, education, and research throughout Memorial Health System.

MASH Funds At Work

By donating to MASH, colleagues improve our organization and the lives of patients and co-workers. MASH donors can choose how their gift is used.

Unrestricted MASH Donations

Unrestricted donations fund grants for patient care, education and clinical research initiatives. Departments, units and affiliates may apply for grants. Click here to access the grant application and guidelines.

Grants funded by unrestricted donations include:

  • The purchase of two simulators to teach healthcare providers various skills, including performing CPR, checking blood pressure, administering medication through a feeding tube and practicing fall prevention techniques.
  • A certified smoking cessation program for cancer patients as well as Memorial colleagues and community members.

Restricted MASH Donations

Restricted donations are directed to a specific fund, department, unit or Memorial affiliate.

Ways departments and units have used their restricted donations include:

  • The Hospice Fund purchased American flags that will be distributed through the We Honor Veterans program.
  • The Burn Center purchased a warming cabinet for 20 one-liter bottles of sterile water, which helps with patient safety and comfort.
  • Registration fees for educational conferences.

MASH Donor Wall

The MASH Donor Wall, located outside of Memorial Medical Center's cafeteria, recognizes the colleagues who 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 colleagues who are making a difference within our organization by giving back.

MASH Committee

The annual MASH campaign is coordinated by a committee of colleagues, from participating MHS affiliates, that plan and coordinate the campaign events.