In 2007, a homeless patient in the Norton Sound Service Unit was receiving treatment for wound care to improve circulation to the feet. The patient did not own a warm pair of boots. A small group of employees held a fundraiser to assist the patient and raised enough funds to buy a pair of “bunny boots”, the nickname for extreme cold weather vapor boots, often worn by the US Armed Forces. There was an ongoing need to help patients in the region and the employees continued to fundraise to help numerous patients cover bills, medical supplies, and/or travel expenses when a third party payor was not available.
The Make a Patient Smile funds are a combination of restricted and unrestricted contributions made by employees, the community, corporations, and other private donors. The contributions are donated and raised through fundraising efforts to fund expenditures that will enhance the quality of patient care or enhance a patient’s quality of life.
Good stewardship of funds includes expending funds in support of the purpose for which they were given. Honoring good stewardship responsibilities, Norton Sound Health Corporation will not use these funds for budget deficits or to supplant annual operating costs. A good test for the appropriate use of donation funds is: Would you ask a donor to contribute money for this purpose?
The Make a Patient Smile Fund has made a difference in the lives of patients living in the Norton Sound Region.
Donations are accepted in any amount and for any purpose. Donors will receive a tax receipt and may make donations in honor or in memory of a loved one.