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Sunny Side

Foundations efforts should be rewarded with support

This coming Saturday is going to be a lot of fun for a lot of Lower Valley and area people. And the more people that participate in the fun, the better it will be for the health and welfare of our residents.

The fun begins with the annual Sunnyside Community Hospital Foundation golf tournament at Black Rock Creek Golf Course. The 8 a.m. tournament is one of the best of the season, featuring food, prizes and a great round of golf for the linksters enjoyment.

Then evening will bring the second annual "Evening In The Park" to life, at Grandview's Country Park. This year's event features a delicious gourmet meal, refreshments, auction and Bobby Medina and the Red Hot Band for your dancing and listening pleasure.

If this year's venue is even half as good as the last year's, everyone should go away pleased to have been a part of it.

It is wonderful that the Sunnyside Community Hospital Foundation can put together these two great events. But it is also necessary to help fund critical services brought to Lower Valley residents each and every day.

The foundation is currently raising funds for a $2.7 million remodel of the ER Department. Presently the foundation has invested $1.2 million towards the project and is undergoing an effort to fund the other $1.5 million from pledges from the community over the next five years.

Sunnyside Community Hospital is a "Rural Critical Access Hospital." Our hospital served 17,500 urgent care and 650 emergency care patients in 2005. And the number continues to grow.

In order to meet newly defined privacy standards and urgent care examination room needs it is critical to continually expand and improve our hospital facilities.

If you haven't purchased tickets to the "Evening In The Park," there is still time. Call 837-1336 and reserve yours today.

If you don't need a great meal, refreshments and entertainment for your tax-deductible donation, the foundation has many other ways you or your company can be a part of providing top-quality healthcare for your friends and family in the Lower Valley.

But if I were you I'd go for the gusto and call now for a great "Evening In The Park!"

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