Foundation book sale — August 21-22

August 20, 2013

Join us Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 21-22, for our Boone Hospital Foundation book sale! We’ll have great books and unique gifts at fantastic prices.

The sale takes place in the Boone Hospital Center main lobby and benefits the work of our foundation, which helps improve the care at Boone Hospital.

In addition to books, the sale includes bargain and $5.99 jewelry selections. You can also enter to win Cardinals memorabilia.

We hope to see you at the book sale on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Thursday, Aug. 22, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Improving the health of your community — 2013 Foundation Community Campaign

July 15, 2013

By Barb Danuser

Barb is the Executive Director of the Boone Hospital Foundation.

Dear Friends,

Barb Danuser

Barb Danuser

The Boone Hospital Foundation continues to grow and expand the services offered at Boone Hospital Center so that the best health care is available to you and your loved one when critical illness strikes.

The Foundation is the connection between philanthropic community members and Boone Hospital Center working to improve the education and health of the communities we serve.

Gifts to the Foundation enrich lives, save lives and transform patient care. Your gifts impact on our community and patients is immeasurable and is put into action by funding items such as:

Download our campaign brochure.

Download our campaign brochure.

• Supplies to provide free health screenings from our Mobile Health Unit. In 2012, this unit made stops in 42 outreach locations, providing screenings to over 1,100 community members.

• Help to support massage therapy to over 1,000 patients in our supportive care program.

• Sleep sacks given to all (2,100) babies born at Boone in 2012 to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

• Lifeline medical alert services provided to 20 qualifying seniors each month, making it safer to stay in their homes.

• The Kids on Track summer program. Nearly 1,100 youth enrolled in the 2013 program committing to run an intermittent marathon over the summer promoting healthy lifestyles for our communities’ youth.

We need your help to continue to build a healthier community and stronger hospital. Won’t you help us support Boone Hospital Center to continue to be a leader in our health care community?

Click here to download our brochure and learn more about giving opportunities.

Annual foundation jewelry sale begins Tuesday, May 7

May 6, 2013

jewelry saleJoin the Boone Hospital Foundation for the Masquerade $5 Jewelry Sale in the Boone Hospital main lobby from 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, through 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 9. The sale will be open 24-hours a day during that time!

Cash, checks, credit cards and payroll deduction will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit Boone Hospital Foundation.

For more information, contact the foundation at 573-815-2800.

Donation supports Boone Hospital’s work to provide comfort at end of life

April 4, 2013

The Boone Hospital Foundation has received a $20,000 donation in honor of the hospital’s Supportive Care service.

Foundation donation 2013

From left, Marlee Walz, director of patient care services; Barb Danuser, executive director of the Boone Hospital Foundation; Mandy Schmidt, palliative care nurse; Dorreen Rardin, Supportive Care coordinator; Dr. Michael Daly; John Bolton, manager of medical oncology.

Supportive Care provides a wide spectrum of services that promote comfort and healing during a patient’s hospital stay. Those services include: massage therapy, spa treatments, healing touch, music therapy and aroma therapy. In addition to these services, for patients facing the end of life, Supportive Care also provides comfort bags with a soft blanket, stuffed animal, journal, photo album and visitor log.

An anonymous mid-Missouri woman provided the donation in recognition of the caregivers who gave comfort to her husband during his final days. The gift will support Boone’s Supportive Care Program.

“Boone Hospital Center is blessed to have an outstanding Supportive Care program that works with a variety of patients across our many care units,” said Barbara Danuser, executive director of the Boone Hospital Foundation. “The donor was incredibly moved by the care provided to her husband before he passed away. Her gift will help bring that same level of comfort to future patients.”

Crafty fifth graders raise more than $1,100 for Intensive Care Nursery

February 8, 2013

A group of fifth grade students at Columbia’s Shepard Elementary School have raised $1,137 for Boone Hospital Center’s Intensive Care Nursery.

Money jarThe students spent dozens of hours making crafts and selling them to their peers before school this week. The hand-made items ranged in price from $1 bookmarks to $4 extra-large hair bows.

Emma Goodlet and Megan Pilant came up with the idea and were joined by 10 other girls in their grade. Emma, who made duct tape accessories, hair bows, wallets and bracelets said the response from their classmates was overwhelming.

“I sold out on the first day and I had to go home and make more,” she said.

The girls said it felt good to work to benefit others.

“I like doing this kind of stuff. And it’s fun, too,” said Megan, who made bows, headbands, wallets and pot holders.

Today was the last day of their sale. The girls had a table set up just inside the main entrance with their merchandise. Many students arrived at school with cash in hand and swarmed the table.


Barb Danuser, executive director of the Boone Hospital Foundation, watched as the students purchased the fashion accessories and other homemade items.

“This is wonderful, I’m so impressed with what they’ve done,” Danuser said.

The generous donation will help the Boone Hospital Foundation purchase items for the Intensive Care Nursery such as Giraffe beds, recliners for parents and infant SleepSacks.

Parents said they were proud of what their girls had accomplished.

Chris Marks said his daughter Madison spent much of her free time recently making earrings for the sale.

“I couldn’t even tell you how many hours,” he said. “Every minute she has free she is making them.”

Katie Goodlet, mother of Emma, said she was proud as well.

“It think it’s great. She has a big heart,” she said. “She said it’s her first step toward being president.”

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Respiratory Therapist shines light on genetic disease

November 26, 2012

Amber Behrendt was the MU Honorary Captain for the MU vs. Syracuse game on Nov. 17, 2012.

Amber Behrendt is a respiratory therapist at Boone Hospital who was surprised to learn about a genetic disease that caused irreparable damage to lungs, eventually leading to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, often called COPD.

She, along with her friend and Boone nurse Jennifer Wyatt, co-founded of a non-profit called Alpha’s Voice which provides free testing for the public and support for people who test positive for Alpha 1.

Wyatt’s uncle lost his life only six months after testing positive for Alpha 1. Behrendt and Wyatt were worried their colleagues did not have enough information to recommend testing or provide care to people who have the disease.

“When I first found out about it, I started testing people in my family and we found five carriers,” said Behrendt. “My grandfather passed away from COPD and by tracing the genetics back, we found out he was a carrier. It’s sad to me that I was not able to help him out.”

The pair traveled to conferences and read everything they could find to educate themselves. Now they work with Dr. Mohammad Jarbou, MD, and other respiratory therapists to provide support for patients who test positive.

Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency, as it is officially known, is a genetic condition that affects the liver or the lungs. Alpha 1 is a protein that is mainly produced in the liver then secreted through the blood stream and goes to the lungs.

People who are born deficient of Alpha 1 don’t have enough protection for their lungs. During the course of many years the lungs deteriorate from smoking, irritants to the lungs, chemicals or pollution. The same protein can also back up into the liver and cause different problems such as jaundice.
“Most people don’t find out they have Alpha 1 until they see signs or symptoms,” said Behrendt. “By then you’ve already had so much damage done to the lungs that you don’t have as many choices along the lines of treatment.”

Since the disease is genetic, early detection is key to preventing lung and liver damage. Behrendt and Wyatt encourage people with COPD or a family history of lung disease to get tested. A test involves a simple finger-prick.

Treatments are available for people who test positive for Alpha 1. The type of treatment depends on the level of damage in the lungs and liver. Two of the options include blood infusion therapy and ultimately a lung or liver transplant.

Alpha’s Voice offers free testing with the help of Boone Hospital and other sponsors. If a person tests positive, Behrendt and Wyatt work with him or her to find a physician and other support.

“My nephew was four at the time he was diagnosed as a carrier,” Behrendt said. “I feel like we can offer him better choices and monitor him to see how he does and hopefully stay ahead of it.”

If you would like education or to get tested for Alpha 1, please contact Amber Behrendt at

Healing Garden Proposal

December 22, 2011

Monday afternoon Chris, a nurse at Boone, proposed to his girlfriend (and fellow nurse) at the hospital using a brick from the Healing Garden! We caught it on video…

If you’re interested in buying a brick of your own in the Healing Garden, contact Barb at 573.815.2801.


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