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    You’ve probably heard the saying “What a difference a day makes.’’ That saying couldn’t ring more true for the RiverView Health Foundation this Thursday, Feb. 14 – Giving Hearts Day.

    On Thursday the Foundation will participate in the sixth annual Dakota Medical Foundation (DMF) Giving Hearts Day match program.  DMF will match, dollar for dollar, online contributions to the RiverView Foundation of $10 or more up to $4,000.  The match funding through the Giving Hearts Day program is only available on Feb. 14 (midnight to 11:59 p.m.).  Donations must be made online at   Click on the “Donate’’ icon and choose RiverView Foundation from the alphabetical listing. Links will also be provided on the RiverView homepage at and the KROX website at

    DMF also awards incentives that include $15,000 to the charity with the highest donations, $10,000 for the second, all the way to $500 for the tenth. RiverView has been fortunate enough to place sixth in 2009, fourth in 2011 and third in 2012, out of about 150 organizations.     

$285,000 raised in five days
    RiverView’s been a part of Giving Hearts Day since it began in 2008. In those five, one-day-per-year, on-line giving events, the Foundation has raised around $285,000 through donations and the matching funds and incentive grants from Dakota Medical Foundation, said Kent Bruun, RiverView Foundation director. That’s not in a five year timeframe. That’s in a five DAY timeframe. That’s 120 hours of online donating time. If you calculate it all out, that’s $2,375 an hour. And what does that equal in projects? Action, that’s what.

    Many projects have been made possible at RiverView Health thanks to the funds donated on Giving Hearts Day. Some of those projects have been:
    •    Six defibrillators with six cardiac monitors
    •    Anesthesia Department: state-of-the-art gas anesthesia machines
    •    Adult Day Services: major appliances and television
    •    Assisted Living (Oak Court): Home Health office remodel
    •    Care Center: dementia project, kitchenette for Memory Care
    •    Emergency Department: Multi-parameter, Central, and Telemetry monitors for Trauma Bays
    •    Inpatient Unit: Rocking chairs for OB, televisions, beds, room renovations and window replacements
    •    Radiology: remodeling projects for prep-procedure room, stress test room and equipment, stereo-tactic breast biopsy room, CT and MRI rooms
    •    Rehab Services: Cardiac Telemetry System, Cardio/Pulmonary equipment, Matter of Balance program
    •    Surgery – Multi-parameter Monitor and pressure reduction mattresses for surgical table
    •    Organization-wide: Fetal Bereavement Program, Kiwanis Children’s Health Fund, scholarships and women’s health

Worthwhile projects
    RiverView Foundation donors may choose which department or project in which they want their funds to go. Otherwise, in 2013, all undesignated funds will go to a variety of projects, said Bruun. Some of the specific needs identified are: a nurse call system; a work simulator and portable ultrasound equipment for the Physical Therapy Department; expansion of Surgical and Emergency Department space; physical, occupational and speech therapy equipment, including tools to help stroke patients regain their speech capabilities; and renovation of the inpatient family rooms.

    Other options Bruun lists are RiverView’s (Give Why You Live) faith and value based wealth transition estate planning program; the sustainability and expansion of health care support groups including the stroke and celiac support groups, and autism awareness events; “Forget Me Not’’ miscarriage fund; Children’s Health Fund; cardiac programs; radiology enhancements; inpatient improvements; chemical dependency program; Memory Care enhancements; surgical equipment, urology equipment and health screening program support.

Remembering RiverView
    Bruun remembers back to the first Giving Hearts Day in 2008. The first RiverView donation was given at 12:01 am by an Emergency Room nurse just getting off duty. The donation was made in memory of her beloved father. “It’s a day that new stories are written and told,’’ Bruun stated. “People give in the names of those lives RiverView has touched.

    “Giving Hearts Day is appropriately celebrated on a day of care,’’ Bruun continued. “It’s a time to stop and reflect on the care our loved ones have given, and on the care they have received.’’

    Since its start, nearly $6.3 million has been raised through and matching funds/incentives on Giving Hearts days. Each donation is tax-deductible and enables an e-card to be sent to a friend or family member letting them know a donation has been made in their honor.

    “It’s a very powerful day, and I reassure you that your financial support will strengthen our community, enhance our healthcare, and continue to touch and heal lives long into the future,’’ concluded Bruun.

    For more information about the Giving Hearts Day program, contact Bruun at 281-9249 or Or, if you would like assistance with your online donation, stop by Bruun’s office, located near the RiverView Cafeteria, and he will take your information in a secure, confidential setting and input the information for you.