DCH Foundation Hosts Kentucky Derby Fundraiser

The weather and location could not have been more perfect on Saturday, May 5th, as Daviess Community Hospital Foundation hosted their 4TH Annual “Kentucky Derby Fundraiser”. Over 100 people were registered for the event with the purpose of raising money to support the Oncology program at DCH.

Women were encouraged to wear hats or fascinators similar to those worn at the Kentucky Derby race at Churchill Downs. Men were also encouraged to wear a hat or tie that reflected the theme. “We were pleased at the amount of participation and thought that went into attire again this year,” remarked Angie Steiner, Foundation Director. Prizes were awarded for best Ladies Derby hat best Men’s Derby tie and/or hat. Winners were Adrienne McCracken for best hat/fascinator and Alan Goodwin for best tie/ensemble. A photographer was on hand to capture the fun as guests posed in their Derby attire.

Unlike the wet conditions at the track, event guests were able to stay warm and dry while watching the 144th running of Kentucky Derby on live television. “Louisville received rain most of the day including a downpour prior to post time and we saw that many spectators were wearing rain gear,” stated Steiner. “We had the luxury of watching the race here in Washington at the Washington Country club with blue skies and sunshine.”

After a wonderful meal prepared by Aces Restaurant, guest speakers shared information about the current offering and renovation plans. Keith Miller, Chief Operating Officer at DCH, shared the hospital’s plans to renovate space for the growing oncology program including an approved floor plan for the area formerly occupied by Rehab Therapies. “The added space will allow patients to have more privacy and to feel more relaxed during exams, consultations, and treatments,” Miller stated.

Dr. Thomas Waits, Oncology at OHA in Evansville who sees patients at DCH each week, also spoke to the crowd. “Hearing the word “cancer” can be very overwhelming,” stated Dr. Waits. “There are many decisions you are suddenly required to make along with physician appointments, lab tests and scans. The services offered here at Daviess Community Hospital are as sophisticated and state-of-the-art as you find in Evansville, Indianapolis and other places.”

“DCH is fortunate to have general surgeons Dr. David Robinson and Dr. Jack Rostas on board for patients if a surgical procedure is needed as part of the cancer treatment”, explained Dr. Waits. “Dr. Rostas recently finished an Oncology fellowship and is familiar with the latest technology and advancements.” Dr. Waits went on to acknowledge the office staff, nurses and patient navigator, Sharon Mead, RN.

The Daviess Community Hospital Foundation has made a commitment to help provide philanthropic support to the Oncology program,” stated Steiner. “The DCH Foundation Board has committed to raise $70,000 for this project in the next several months. We are grateful to those who supported this program through the Derby event this year and look forward to engaging many in the community as we kick off a capital campaign this summer to raise the needed funds.”

Next year’s event will again be held on the first Saturday in May to coincide with the Kentucky Derby. For more information on the Oncology project and other Foundation efforts, please contact Angie Steiner at 812-254-8858 or asteiner@dchosp.org.