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The Orchard Society of Washington Health System

The Orchard Society of Washington Health System will kick off its second annual membership drive September 12, 2013. Members of this innovative giving club support community-based health care by donating at least $250 each year to help Washington Health System continue its mission to provide great patient care. Orchard Society members are recognized each year on the donor recognition plaque within Washington Hospital.

Many of members joined the Orchard Society because of the care they or their loved ones received. Orchard Society member Bruce McDowell credits Washington Health System with helping to save his wife Karen's life during a 2004 emergency department visit. Washington Health System physicians quickly identified a cerebral aneurysm rupture and stabilized her for helicopter transport to a Pittsburgh hospital for emergency surgery that night.

"We are grateful that the hospital had the latest emergency equipment and dedicated personnel for this unforeseen family emergency," Bruce said. "My wife and I support Washington Health System with heartfelt appreciation knowing that it is prepared for everyone at a minute's notice."

The Orchard Society raised $213,000 last year. This year, the society hopes to raise $225,000 to fund the many essential services Washington Health System provides. $100,000 will go to a special project – the renovation of Washington Hospital's Patient Admitting and Registration and construction of a Laboratory Collection Station. This will increase patient accessibility, comfort, privacy, and reduce wait time.

To join the Orchard Society, contact Washington Health System Foundation at (724) 223-3875.

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