What was a beautiful tribute to his late wife Margaret Sill, on Tuesday, September 24th, Pondera Medical Center accepted a check for $50,000.00 from Walter Sill of Valier, MT. Philosophical regarding his generous donation, Walter shared: “This hospital and extended care have helped me through some difficult times. It helped my wife in her hardest times, and I will most likely need it in the future. Margaret wanted to leave a donation that would help the hospital improve care for patients and make things better for nurses.”
Pondera Medical Center has been with the Sill family a very long time. In 1969, Margaret Sill, RN, served as the Nursing Home Administrator for 8 years. “It is like a nurse to consider what nurses would want to see implemented,” stated Laura Erickson, CNO, ”but at the end of the day, nurses want patients to come first, and Margaret was definitely on that page.” The generous donation will be applied toward a conglomerate of projects which include the remodel of acute patient care rooms, some new recliners for patients, and possibly a contribution to a much-needed wheelchair van that would be dedicated to the transport of patients to specialty appointments.
CEO Bill O’Leary offered, “Without donations, these projects could not be completed in the foreseeable future. Updating rooms increases patient comfort and nursing efficiency. The new chairs will improve the facility’s ability to offer a clean serviceable environment; and an updated wheelchair van would allow for safe transport of residents and patients, which is an issue we continue to address.”
Walter credits the care he and Margaret received during recent recuperations as another part of his reason for donation. Walter offers that he and Margaret were both able to utilize Swing Beds, which proved to be an important part of their healthcare journey. Mr. Sill made a previous contribution to purchase an air mattress topper for the facility, which reduces the risk of decubital ulcers or bed sores following Margaret’s death in March of this year.
Cynthia Grubb RN Navigator for the facility, offered, “He had to tell me about 4 times he was going to do this and for what amount—I was just speechless. But Walter was very sure of his intention to help Pondera Medical Center make improvements. He feels like it honors his past and invests in his future.” In closing, Dr. Jay Taylor, Chief of Staff, captured the emotion of the moment: “It is humbling to have the support of a patient; they are who we work for. We strive to provide excellent care and want to thank Walter for his kind words and his generous gift.”