A community wide fundraising effort by King’s Daughters Foundation has been underway for the past several months to build endoscopy suites at King’s Daughters Medical Center. This campaign was kicked off by the 1914 Club which consists of approximately 100 individuals interested in KDMC and in continuing the provision of quality health care services with donations totaling $25,000 and the E3 Employee Giving Club with 228 employees pledging $159,000 over a three year period. Recently the project received a major gift of $100,000 from the Willing Hearts Circle that was made possible by the Silver Cross Foundation.

“The goal was to raise $500,000 of the one million needed to complete the project. At this point we are closing in on the $300,000 mark. We are very pleased with the community’s support and the strong support internally from our employees in just a few short months. The renovation gives us an opportunity to offer more gastrointestinal services on a larger scale in the future.” said Johnny Rainer KDMC Chief Development Officer

The dedicated endoscopy suites will be located on the third floor of KDMC adjacent to the intensive care unit (ICU). With the increase in outpatient surgeries and procedures and the available space upstairs, the project was launched. The space will consist of two suites for procedures and six private rooms for prep and recovery. “Endoscopies are routine, quick procedures that are primarily colonoscopies. By removing these procedures from the outpatient surgery area and moving to a dedicated space we will improve efficiency while giving patients a much better experience,” explained KDMC Chief Operating Officer Tom Hood.

David Culpepper, KDMC’s Director of Marketing stated “The gift secured a naming opportunity: The Willing Hearts Circle Endoscopy Suites at King’s Daughters. The Willing Hearts Circle has played an integral role in the development of KDMC since its inception with their leadership and prayers. This gift insures the Willing Hearts Circle will always be visible at KDMC. It will be a reminder that many have gone before us to prepare the way.”

Sarah Foster, Board Chairman for Silver Cross Foundation stated, “On behalf of the Silver Cross Foundation Board, we are very excited to present this gift to KDMC to help with the renovation of this area of the hospital. This gift is in honor of the Christian heritage and service of our past, present and future Willing Hearts Circle members. The Circle which was started over 100 years ago here in Brookhaven is part of the International Order of the Kings Daughters and Sons. It has been a driving force in the building and overseeing of KDMC, Silver Cross Home & Rehab and Kingsborough Elderly Housing. It is such a privilege to have the ability to give back to our community through the fruits of those that came before us.”

Mary Lu Redd KDMC Board Chair stated “This generous gift is pushing us even closer to expanding a service that is so essential to our community. Our goal at KDMC is to regularly assess the medical needs of the community and, whenever possible, supply those services. A gift such as this helps make that possible. It is with sincere gratitude to Silver Cross Foundation and the Willing Hearts Circle that KDMC welcomes this donation.”

Anyone interested in becoming more involved or getting more information about the project you may contact Johnny Rainer or David Culpepper at King’s Daughters Medical Center.