Thank You For supporting Gifford!
Did you know there are ways to support Gifford Medical Center that don’t affect your current lifestyle or your family’s security?
You can support Gifford with gifts that don’t impact the way you live by either designating Gifford to receive estate assets in the future or by making immediate gifts to us of assets that are “out of sight and out of mind.”
For more information on how you can support Gifford through a donation, planned giving, or other gift, please contact:
Ashley Lincoln, Vice President of Development and Public Relations
Above: Thanks to the generous donation of Randolph Center resident, Linda Schmidt, Gifford was able to renovate its Women’s Health Center. Since its grand opening in September 2020, the 5,700 square foot center has been home to Gifford’s OB-GYN and Midwifery services and providers next to Gifford’s renowned Birthing Center.
At Gifford, our staff and providers often care for neighbors, friends, or family and know their patients well. We know how important quality health care is to rural communities.
Over the years we’ve worked to support the needs of the communities we serve, and for more than a century they have in turn supported our mission: to provide high-quality, compassionate care close to home.
Your gift is an affirmation of this mission and allows us to continue to offer a full spectrum of quality health services–from birth to end of life–for generations to come. Every gift, large or small, truly makes a difference.
Most recently, generous community support for Gifford’s Vision for the Future campaign helped us:
- Build the beautiful new 30-bed Menig Nursing Home, which anchors the Morgan Orchards Senior Living Community in Randolph Center.
- Open 25 industry-standard private in-patient rooms.
- Add a second Garden Room Suite for end-of-life care.
- Create a centrally located Birthing Center, with upgrades, spacious rooms, and calming décor.
Starting in 2006 with just 74 motorcyclists, the Last Mile has grown into two weekends of fundraising activities that include a bicycle ride, timed 5K run or walk and a motorcycle ride.
Gifford provides special care in two special garden-side suites, for patients at the end of life and support their grieving families. The ride was created by Gifford motorcycle rider and nurse Lynda McDermott to support the Garden Room and special services for patients in advanced illness and at the end of life. Some of these services occur in the Garden Room and some are for those coping with advanced illness at home or choosing to die at home.
- Bring patients alternative therapies like Reiki, massage, and music therapy to help with pain management.
- Provide unique services to support family members including meals.
- Help with transportation costs for far-away family.
- Go to arranging photographs or a patient’s special last wish.
Past wishes include everything from a trip to a Red Sox game and a wheelchair-accessible ramp, to a life celebration, ambulance ride home and gas cards for travel to doctors’ visits.
All free services provided through Gifford’s palliative and end-of-life care program are a direct result of the Last Mile Ride. To request assistance through the Last Mile Ride, talk to your or your loved one’s Gifford health care provider. He or she can work with the program to access funds.
Call us at (802) 728-2380 for further details.
Other Ways to Give
Auxiliary’s Thrift Shop: Started as the Randolph Sanatorium Ladies Aid Society in 1906, Gifford Auxiliary community projects and financial contributions support our mission to provide compassionate, high-quality care to all who pass through our doors.
Since 1956 the popular Thrift Shop, the Auxiliary’s main endeavor and primary revenue source, has transformed discarded clothing and unused clutter into useful items for people in need as well as bargain-hunting shoppers. Many of the Auxiliary’s 100-plus members help staff the Thrift Shop: cleaning and mending clothes, stocking shelves, and ringing up and bagging customer purchases. In 2016 the Auxiliary made a $1 million contribution to Gifford’s Vision for the Future Campaign, funds that were raised primarily through small-dollar sales at the shop.
Over the years Auxiliary funds have consistently supported a range of community projects and Gifford services including annual scholarships for high school and LNA students; well-child clinics; adult daycare special gifts; annual “wish list” funding for medical equipment; and special hospital department needs. An active 12-member Auxiliary Board of Directors reviews requests for Gifford equipment, building, and program needs.
Free Care: These funds give relief to those in need, enabling us to make sure that all who walk through our doors are cared for, regardless of ability to pay.
Menig Nursing Home: Our award-winning nursing home was founded with a generous gift from the late Howard and Gladys Menig of Braintree. In May 2015 residents moved to a beautiful new 30-bed facility that looks out over the Green Mountains in Randolph Center. These specific funds help support residents’ activities.
Gifford’s Adult Day: Located in our Bethel Health Center, Gifford Adult Day opened in 1999. On weekdays seniors and disabled participants enjoy home-cooked meals, showers, medication management, and ample activities. Gifts to Gifford’s Adult Day support unique activities for participants.
Unrestricted: Unrestricted gifts (Fund for Gifford) give us the flexibility to thoughtfully apply funds where they are needed most. These gifts support hospital operations and priority needs.
Volunteer: Whether you’re looking to give back to the community, stay active in retirement, build your resume, or learn new skills, we have many volunteer opportunities at Gifford! More than 100 volunteers work throughout the main medical center and in multiple clinic locations, serve on our Board of Directors, staff the front information desk; help out in various departments; visit with residents in the Menig Nursing Home; and much more.
Ranging in age from students to retirees, volunteers contribute more than 19,000 hours to Gifford each year. We also work with local schools to offer job shadowing. Job-shadowing students observe an employee’s work for a brief period of time, but do not provide a service.
Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (802) 728-2324 for more information on volunteering or job shadowing.
Click here to find out more about becoming a volunteer chaplain.