Lights of Love starts for 2017

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 8:45am
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Lights of Love, the annual fundraiser that supports the Medical Center, usually does not have a specific focus, but this year is a little different: The Medical Center is in immediate need of high-speed internet to store its electronic health records. The company currently handling the job is shutting down and the Medical Center will be turning to a more efficient, web-based company.

“We have an urgent need to upgrade our internet service to accommodate a new (company). The new, web-based EHR will provide exponentially better service for our patients,” the Lights of Love fundraising letter states. “Unfortunately, at this time, the Center does not have the internet connectivity required to support the new EHR. Your Lights of Love contribution this year will help meet this and other challenges and will directly impact what we are trying to accomplish.”

Pat Doyle, who is Chair of the Medical Center’s Fundraising Committee, said that the campaign has no specific fundraising goal to meet, nor does the campaign have an official stop date although contributions usually begin to taper off in January. When asked how much she’d like the campaign to raise, Doyle quipped, “As much as possible.”

The Medical Center has three major fundraisers throughout the year: The Fun Run and the annual Gala, both of which take place in the summer, and the Lights of Love campaign. According to the Center’s Chief Financial Officer, Terri Chmiel, the Center has an annual budget of about $1 million, and is supported by funding from the Town of New Shoreham, grant monies, fundraising, donations, and revenue generated through patient fees. 

Lights of Love, which was started more than a dozen years ago, has helped fund improved services such as radiology, laboratory services, a preventive health program, as well as new front office staff and the ability to “provide essential medical care to all — regardless of ability to pay,” according to the letter.

Donations to Lights of Love may be sent to Block Island Medical Center, Box 919, Block Island, R.I. 02807.