Pictured here: Hospital CEOs present shoe donations to Making a Difference International, Inc. (MADI) Uganda, Africa. From left: Matt Richie, Stillwater Medical Group CEO; Marian Furlong, Hudson Hospital & Clinic President & CEO; Funwi Tita Vitalis, director of MADI; Helen Sathre (on behalf of Steve Massey, Westfields Hospital CEO); Curt Geissler, Lakeview Hospital CEO; and Mike Karuschak, Amergy Hospital CEO.
Four hospitals in the St. Croix Valley – Hudson Hospital & Clinic (Hudson, WI), Lakeview Hospital and Stillwater Medical Group (Stillwater), Westfields Hospital (New Richmond, WI) and Amery Hospital (Amery, WI) – collaborated to host a shoe drive benefitting Making a Difference International Inc. MADI is an organization that collects shoes, medical supplies and other supplies for the people of Uganda. It is a first step in enhancing their lives through education, health and livelihood. Large shoe boxes were available in the lobbies of each hospital where staff, volunteers and visitors could donate new and gently used shoes for people in Africa. Over 1,000 pairs of shoes were presented to Funwi Tita Vitalis, director of MADI on Thursday, March 20 at Hudson Hospital by hospital CEO’s: Marian Furlong, President & CEO, Hudson Hospital & Clinic; Curt Geissler, Lakeview Hospital President; and Steve Massey, President & CEO, Westfields Hospital; Mike Karuschak, Amery Hospital CEO; and Matt Richie, Stillwater Medical Group. Funwi gave a presentation with photos from his last trip in March and shared how donations like this help so many individuals. Thanks to the HealthPartners Valley Hospitals for Making a Difference in so many lives.