The community that EDCO – Equipment Development Company lives in would not be the same without Frederick Memorial Hospital’s health services.
Frederick Memorial Hospital’s ability to serve as the lifeline of health to residents in Frederick and its surrounding areas is supported heavily by the outpouring of support it receives from the community it has served since 1902.
Raising funds for Frederick community’s hospital is a practice older than the hospital itself. In the late 1890s, Emma Smith, the hospital’s founder, led the effort to raise the $8,353 needed to construct the original Frederick City Hospital, which was renamed to Frederick Memorial Hospital (FMH) in 1952.
From the outset, the hospital grew rapidly as the area’s increasing population necessitated expansion. The sustained growth of FMH is made possible with funds that derive from two revenue streams: hospital operations and donations from community members, businesses and organizations.
The donations from Frederick’s community come through giving clubs and funds, which the hospital’s Development Council helped form. Founded in 1989, the Development Council has been responsible for leading the effort in raising over $80 million for renovations, new buildings, and new medical technology at FMH.
Area businesses and organizations, both large and small, support the hospital’s ability to meet the community’s health care needs through the Corporate Honor Roll. Annually, the Corporate Honor Roll raises approximately $200,000 per year. These businesses and organizations sign a five-year donation pledge and regularly renew their five-year commitments.
“Frederick is an incredibly giving community,” FMH Vice President and Chief Development Officer Robin Rose said. “Once we get people into our donor family, we keep them engaged. We stay connected with them.”
For the 90 businesses and organizations that currently comprise the Corporate Honor Roll, they are provided a special connection to FMH with access to the hospital’s president and senior leadership team, which allow them to network and discuss the health care environment and needs of employers.
The Corporate Honor Roll along with other giving clubs and funds in the Development Council feature combine to contribute 3 to 5 million dollars annually, which derives largely from individual donors. FMH is also proud to say that every dime donated is spent on the program, project or capital campaign it is intended for, as funds are not used on marketing, fundraising or any other operations.
This donation pool makes it possible for FMH to accommodate the area’s growing landscape. Over the last 25 years, Frederick County’s population has grown by an estimated 95,000 people. With this large influx of people, the FMH emergency room currently ranks among the busiest in the state of Maryland. In 2017 alone, the emergency room had over 64,000 adult visits and 13,000 pediatric visits.
The most recent project that FMH completed to further meet the healthcare needs of the area was the James M. Stockman Cancer Institute. The state-of-the-art facility was designed to promote healing, provide support and create a treatment experience unlike any other with individualized care plans. The $21.2 million project was funded entirely by the Frederick community.
“People give to people. They give to the cause and they give to what they believe in,” Senior Development Officer Sadie Wolf said. “I truly think that. With our efforts I’ve seen over the years, it’s especially true at FMH.”