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ICU Received $170,000 Grant
April 22, 2014
DuBOIS - For the eighth consecutive year, the A.J. and Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust has contributed a major grant to the Intensive Care Unit at Penn Highlands DuBois. This year’s grant of $170,000 brings the total contributed to the ICU to $945,000.  

Since its first gift to Penn Highlands DuBois in 2003, the A.J. and Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust has contributed $1,370,000 to the organization. In addition to its eight donations to the ICU from 2007 to 2014, the Palumbo Charitable Trust has funded projects including the following:

• 2003 - $50,000 to the West Wing Expansion,

• 2004 - $100,000 for Heart Center Equipment,

• 2005 - $150,000 for Hahne Regional Cancer Center Equipment,

• 2006 - $125,000 for Ultrasound Equipment, Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Joseph Palumbo, a Palumbo trustee, presented this year’s grant to Don Lemmon, assistant vice president, The Heart Center and Emergency Services; Penn Highlands DuBois; Sandeep Bansal, MD, medical director of The Lung Center and a pulmonologist in the ICU; Joanne Kurtz, registered nurse, ICU director; and Nicki DuFour, RN, ICU manager.

“One of the goals of the A.J. and Sigismunda Charitable Trust is keeping ‘Uncle Tony’s’ legacy alive in this area,” said Palumbo. “His dream was to help sustain worthwhile organizations who would fully utilize his financial support to help others.”  

The ICU is just such a project, Bansal said, “As we move forward with the integration of Penn Highlands Healthcare into our region, special attention is being given to the operations of the Intensive Care Unit and the quality of care it delivers. A high priority is the involvement of patient families in their care plans.” Bansal is closely involved in the future direction of the intensive care services at Penn Highlands DuBois.

“Since the expansion and modernization of the ICU in 2009, we’ve seen consistently higher patient admissions,” Kurtz said. “Thanks to the financial support of the Palumbo Charitable Trust, we have been able to give our patients access to critical care here at our ICU, close to their homes.” She added, “Mr. Palumbo once said, ‘People give to success, not to failure.’ I think he would be proud of what we have here at the Penn Highlands DuBois Intensive Care Unit.”

The A.J. and Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust is generous to many not-for-profit organizations throughout north-central Pennsylvania. The trust was named “Outstanding Foundation for 2012” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Western Pennsylvania.
 

Photo:

For the eighth consecutive year, the A.J. and Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust has contributed a major grant to the Intensive Care Unit at Penn Highlands DuBois. Touring the ICU are, from left, Dr. Sandeep Bansal, medical director of The Lung Center and a pulmonologist in the ICU; Don Lemmon, assistant vice-president, The Heart Center and Emergency Services; Joe Palumbo, trustee of the Palumbo Charitable Trust, Nicki DuFour, registered nurse and ICU manager; Joanne Kurtz, registered nurse and ICU director, and Diane Blasdell, director of Development at PH DuBois.

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