TOMAH, Wis. (WKBT) — Tomah Health paid tribute to area doctors with donations to two regional not-for-profit organizations this week.
In recognition of the annual National Doctors Day March 30, the hospital donated $1,000 to the St. Clare Health Mission of Monroe County in Sparta and $500 to the Neighbor for Neighbor Food Pantry in Tomah on behalf of hospital providers, said Eric Prise, Tomah Health’s marketing and public relations director.
“In light of the challenging time for health care professionals, we are very fortunate to have a great medical staff that helps us provide quality health care services to Tomah and the surrounding communities 356 days a year,” Prise said.
The first Doctors Day observance was organized in the state of Georgia, on March 30, 1933. In 1990, the U.S. House and Senate passed legislation establishing the national day, which President George H.W. Bush signed into law.
Dr. John Robertson III, a physician at Tomah Health, said, “It’s important for the hospital to have a good rapport with community efforts to help those that are less fortunate.”
Elaborating on the donations, Robertson said, “I think it is important for us to show that support and keep our community healthy.”
Dr. Michael Saunders, medical adviser for the St. Clare Health Mission of Monroe County, said the donation will enrich health-care services and supplies at the Sparta facility.
“The funds will help to provide health care and pharmaceutical care for patients in our area who fall through the cracks and don’t meet criteria for help otherwise,” Saunders said.
Activity at St. Clare is ramping up slowly after inpatient services were suspended for three months during the winter because of concerns about COVID-19.
Doug Staller, executive director of the Neighbor for Neighbor Food Pantry, said the donation will help defray operating expenses at the facility at 1118 W. Veterans Street.
The food pantry assists about 300 families a month, Staller said.
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