Last year, for the first time River Hospital’s 31st Annual Polar Bear Dip went virtual. The successful event raised over $50,000 for the purchase of an Echocardiogram for River Hospital’s newly renovated Cardiopulmonary Department. This year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and in effort to keep the community safe, The Friends of River Hospital are excited to announce an all-virtual event again for 2022. “It’s important that we keep the tradition alive, but, as a local hospital, we have to always have safety in mind. Just because the format has changed, doesn’t mean the excitement, fun, or importance of the event has to,” says Stephanie Weiss, Executive Director of Development.
This year’s funding will support resources for the Emergency Department, including additional cardiac monitors which are critical to the hospital’s COVID-19 response efforts.