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A commitment from the heart - long-time employee leads by example
Each day when Jane Martin RN, MSN, CCRN, comes to work at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, she sees how the gifts to the Aurora Health Foundation advance the level of health care available in the Sheboygan community. She and her husband Mike have been staunch supporters of the hospital for many years and their support dates back to a time before the Aurora Health Foundation came into existence.
As the nurse manager on the cardiac floor, Jane sees firsthand how her annual contributions, coupled with those from other Foundation supporters, improve health and promote wellness for area residents.
Jane began her career at the medical center more than 30 years ago. Since that time she has worked in different capacities, but always within the hospital's cardiac and emergency areas. She has witnessed several facility expansions, renovations, and seen new advancements in technology adopted — many supported by gifts to the hospital through the Aurora Health Foundation.
In addition to being a long-time donor, Jane unofficially has served as a goodwill ambassador for the Foundation. Throughout the years she has established personal relationships with many patients and volunteers, some of who have financially supported the hospital through the Foundation or have purchased specific pieces of equipment for the hospital.
Jane said, "I've witnessed how charitable gifts help keep us abreast of changes in health care. For example, about 10 years ago we renovated the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, expanding it from a mobile unit to an in-house facility, thanks to the generosity of the Muth family. The K.W. Muth Heart Center was established to offer cardiac catheterization procedures to Sheboygan-area patients. Margaret Muth made a major gift to the hospital as a way to memorialize her late husband Kenneth."
Jane also recognized long-time volunteer and local philanthropist LaVerne Carter. LaVerne Carter's contributions helped construct a special procedures suite within the radiology department on the medical center's first floor. Jane noted that it takes the collaboration of many people to work with a major donor and she feels blessed to have been given that opportunity. In recognition of LaVerne's extensive contributions to the organization, the entire area is called "The LaVerne E. Carter Radiology Department."
"I sometimes see a specific need in a department and may know of someone who would be willing to help fulfill that need," says Jane. "As an example, Joyce Milsted was a volunteer on the 3K nursing unit for several years. Joyce and her husband, Louis were instrumental in personally fulfilling some "wish list" items from the nursing staff, such as a pulse oximeter, which is used to check the level of oxygen in a patient's blood. I am so grateful that there are people like Joyce who are committed to the hospital and to the Foundation. They make a difference in our lives and we are so appreciative."
Preferring to lead by example, Jane is very modest and unassuming about her support of Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center. She explained, "Contributing to the Aurora Health Foundation through the Aurora Partnership Campaign is so easy. It just seems like the right thing to do."
"While we may not be independently wealthy and very few of us can afford to build a new hospital wing, I believe that we can all find some way to give a little to gain a lot," she added.