THE PILOT EDITORIAL - Hospital fund drive

Thursday, October 4, 2001

The Buena Vista Regional Medical Center made a sacrifice to the tragedies of September 11 that few would have known.

With the news of the terrorist attacks, they cancelled their advertising campaign asking people to donate their tax refund checks to the hospital's expansion plan.

In light of the great need by the Red Cross and other relief efforts, they decided that they didn't want to do anything to compete for donations that were desperately needed elsewhere.

It was an act worthy of a healing institution, but as a result, the medical center needs a shot in the arm in return. Their fund drive has less than a dozen weeks left to raise $700,000 for its Women's Center and other important additions. We hope the decision to take a back seat in time of national tragedy has not cost the facility too dearly.

For anyone who has been considering a donation to the project, rest assured that it is alive and well, even though it has been silent for a while. Now is a good time to invest in our health services, and the well-being they represent to the entire Storm Lake area.