MATTOON — Mike and Jayne Genta of Effingham recently donated to the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Foundation. Part of the donation is intended for the Foundation’s campaign: The most important house you will ever build, to support the new Maison Hospice SBL.
A plaque at the entrance to a private patient suite will recognize Mike and Jayne for their donation. The remaining funds will benefit the new SBL Bonutti clinic, part of which opened on February 14. A plaque acknowledging their donation will also be placed there.
“Jayne and I have chosen to donate to these two projects because of the impact they will have on residents of our community and in all communities served by Sarah Bush Lincoln,” Genta explained. “Not only are we proud to be part of this wonderful new Sarah Bush Lincoln Bonutti Clinic, but we are also thrilled to be able to support the hospice. I encourage anyone who can to donate to this special project. Hospice touches all of our lives at some point and it’s a great way to be a part of something new in this area and help countless families in central and southern Illinois for years to come. , at a critical time in their lives.
Construction of the $8 million home will begin in early summer. The SBL Health Foundation is raising $1 million to help offset construction costs and $1.5 million to fund an endowment.
While most insurance companies pay for care in a hospice, they don’t pay for room and board. Income from the endowment will help people without resources to pay for their stay. The hospice will provide an option for Lincolnland Hospice patients who do not want to die in a nursing home or hospital, or in their own homes, leaving plenty of room to create lasting memories. It will also provide respite care, providing short-term relief to caregivers who may fall ill or need relief from home care demands. Lincolnland Hospice serves more than 20 counties in central and southern Illinois.
The SBL Bonutti Clinic opens in three phases. On February 14, the orthopedic and occupational medicine clinics, the interventional pain clinic and diagnostic imaging opened, followed on February 21 by the opening of physiotherapy and occupational therapy. The internal medicine clinic, pediatrics, walk-in clinic and lab open in late summer. An open day for donors will take place after the entire building has been occupied.
“We are so grateful to Mike and Jayne for this incredible pledge, with donations ultimately totaling $25,000. Their donation to the Hospices Campaign will really help families as they say their final goodbyes to loved ones, in this special place,” said Foundation Director Amy Card. “At the same time, we are grateful that the Gentas have also supported the SBL Bonutti Clinic project which we are so proud to bring to Effingham and around the surrounding region. We are grateful that they are so supportive of our efforts to provide extraordinary care throughout the region.
To donate to the Hospice House campaign, contact Card at 217-258-2511 or [email protected] or any member of the campaign committee: Kyle Banks, Vanessa Banks, Ann Beck, Dr. Lucas Catt, Ron Diepholz, Joe Dively , Scott Eggleston, Mike Genta, Tom Grunloh, Barbara Hall, John Inyart, Carla Jackson, Jay Markwell, Tracey McCord, Dr. Louis Schwing, Michael Smith, Debbie Sparks and Tony Sparks.
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