A local campaign to generate necessary funding for a new state-of-the-art pediatric center is currently underway. The effort, known as Kedo’s Kids, has a target of opening the new facility later this year.
The current pediatric facility is a small modular building located on the RMH campus; the planned 3,000 square foot facility will be located at 1339 North Cherry Street (just south of Conrad Harcourt Way). Once completed, the new facility will house four exam rooms and two separate waiting areas for both children and adolescents.
The building will also house a medicine room, nurse’s station and Dr. Kedo’s office.
The new building comes with an estimated price tag of $670,000.
In an effort to raise community awareness for the project, two couples were recently announced by RMH Foundation Executive Director Faith Mock as co-chairs for the fundraising effort: Tom and Edna Moster and Greg and Theresa Alexander.
The Mosters have been pillars in the community for many years and, along with others, will serve as cornerstones for the fundraising campaign. They recently sat down and explained why they got involved.
Tom said it was more his wife’s relationship with Mock, formed through years of teaching together at RCHS, and the enthusiasm exhibited by the RMH Foundation Director toward the project, that served as the catalyst.
“Faith approached us about this project and the first thing I noticed was her enthusiasm. Although it is not something I would have sought to do on my own, it’s hard to walk away and not do something. I just couldn’t tell her no,” Tom said with a laugh.
His wife countered by saying that in addition to Mock’s enthusiasm, over the years she’s been increasingly impressed with the level of care and service offered at Rush Memorial Hospital.
She continued by saying that Kedo’s Kids is another prime example of expanding the quality service that is available to the community.
A walk-through of the current facility was another eye-opening experience for the couple.
The small building currently in use saw 4,000 patient visits during 2011 with limited space and resources available. They were surprised at what was accomplished in such a small building and what could be realized with the new soon-to-be-opened facility.
“Having raised children in the county, and as an adult dealing with the hospital and the staff, I have been so impressed with what they have to offer, their ability to work with and help people and the associates they have elsewhere. If they don’t have the answer, they will get it for you,” Edna Moster said.
Census figures show that 24.5 percent of Rush County residents are children ranging in age from infants to 17. As a result, pediatric needs have realized an increase. The new facility will help accommodate current and future needs.
For additional information regarding the Kedo’s Kids campaign or to make a financial donation to the effort contact Mock at the RMH Foundation, (765) 932-7568 or online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106