During her 16 years on the Pownal Rescue Squad, Frances Holbrook had more than her fair share of interactions with the physicians and staff of SVMC. It was the consistently positive and professional nature of those interactions that first inspired her and her husband Tim, a long-time board member, to lend financial support to the hospital via the Edwin S. Webster Foundation. In recent years their own needs for care have further cemented their commitment to giving.
“SVMC is the only organization in our community providing care around the clock,” explains Tim. “Making sure that the healthcare needs of our entire community are met at any hour of any day is important, and we’re happy to do our part.”
Giving to SVMC is more than a financial decision for Roby and Whit Harrington. It’s personal.
“In 2008, my wife ‘died’ on a tennis court,” explains Roby, “and only through the quality of care provided by the emergency team at SVMC and others at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, she’s alive today. It’s truly a miracle of staggering proportions.”
But even before Whit’s health crisis, the Harringtons were loyal supporters of the hospital.
“There are few things more important to us than readily available, world-class care, and SVMC provides it,” says Roby. “I believe in the leadership and the talent of the staff of this organization, and I’m terribly grateful for the difference they made in our lives and continue to make in the lives of others.”
In 2014, the Harrington’s indicated that their donation, combined with donations from others, be used to renovate the Northshire Campus. They are able to see the impact their generosity has made every time they pass by.
Lisa Cueman of Dorset is a professional photographer best known for her contemporary art images of horses. Her work hangs in galleries in Aspen, Colo.; Boston; and Manchester Center. She loves the work of being out in the field, but that’s just one part of the job.
“I spent much of the winter updating my hardware and learning new software,” she said.
As much as she dislikes installing and learning new equipment, she recognizes the necessity.
“There is a point when technology allows you to produce a higher quality product and makes the job so much easier.”
The same is true in health care. Lisa remembers participating in the hospital’s campaign to put a computer in every patient room and how revolutionary that was at the time. Since then, the
technological updates—like high-definition, multispectral endoscopy—have kept coming.
“I can’t help but feel that this is an incredible hospital. It is small, but they do a tremendous job staying relevant and adapting to changing needs.”
Even with an intellectual understanding of what makes SVHC special, Lisa’s loyalty is emotional. Her father spent his last days at the hospital. He received exceptional care and comfort.
“Ultimately, the care we received has cemented my commitment to continue helping the hospital. In the small way I am able to, I think it is important to support it.”