The most advanced mammography technology will begin in Centralia as early as July thanks to the generous support of the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation. The first donor to aid in the funding of 3-D mammography was Adaline Moore who has a long history of connections to St. Mary’s Hospital.
“We want to specifically acknowledge Mrs. Moore for being the first to give a private gift to the Radiology Department this year in support of fundraising efforts for our new 3-D mammography equipment,” states John Sigsbury, president of St. Mary’s Hospital. “With the Foundation’s support, we are within $25,000 of having this technology fully funded by philanthropic gifts”.
“Helping others is very important to me and to my family,” Moore said. “My brother Neil Baldridge helped finance renovations of the Radiology Department at St. Mary’s back in the early 1970s.” Tara Fleeman, Moore’s granddaughter is also a nursing instructor for Kaskaskia College, and her great granddaughter Paige plans to become an Occupational Therapist.
Adaline Moore knows the ravages of cancer. She lost her only daughter, Mary Jane Hickam, in 2010 after a long battle with cancer. Hickam spent much time at St. Mary’s Hospital throughout ten years of treatment while battling the disease. Adaline, Mary Jane and Tara Fleeman, Adaline’s granddaugher, have been longstanding supporters of the St. Mary’s Hospital “Madonna Club,” a hospital giving society active in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Many family and friends are evident. Moore is good friends with Maryann Langenfeld, a Foundation Trustee. Maryann’s grandfather, whom Moore calls “old Dr. Sanders” with a smile, delivered her into this world nearly 100 years ago (Adaline is “a good 98 years old…right on the verge of 100,” she says proudly).
Mrs. Moore was born and raised in the Ashley area, only having moved to Centralia around her 94th birthday. She is a businesswoman in her own right, having obtained a business degree from Brown’s Business College of Centralia. Growing up, her parents owned and operated a hardware store in Ashley, and also an ice house/ice delivery service. She describes growing up with dirt floors, no power, and a lot of hard work on her family’s self-sustaining farm. (Adaline still has chickens, as pets, to this day!)
She spoke of the time her family acquired about 100 acres from the Shelton Gang, the time her mother provided a drink of water to Charlie Berger, and that her brother helped build Route 15 in and around Ashley. It was later in her life, once brother Neil became involved in the oil business, that she went to work for him as bookkeeper, eventually taking over Baldridge Oil Co. In fact, Moore worked at the Ashley office well into her 90’s, still doing bookkeeping by hand until only four years ago.
Granddaughter Tara Fleeman noted, “She enjoys seeing the people and the places she is helping; she can see how she is making a difference [with her philanthropy].” Adaline noted, “you can’t take it with you!” She is known in the community to be a very giving person.
“We appreciate Mrs. Moore and others who so generously give to support the advancement of health care services at St. Mary’s Hospital,” Sigsbury said. With this support St. Mary’s Good Samaritan’s comprehensive breast care program is comparable to what you would see in large cities, like St. Louis. With 3D screening and diagnostic mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, image guided ultrasound, MRI breast imaging with a Mayo trained radiologist and reconstructive plastic surgery, area patients will receive state-of-the-art breast care locally. Along with Nurse Navigators to help patients and their families easily find their way through what can be complex services, patients will receive competent as well as compassionate service. To learn more about other services and technology at St. Mary’s Hospital, call 618.436-6455.
St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation is a tax-exempt, charitable organization deemed by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) organization. It is governed by SSM Health and St. Mary’s Good Samaritan, as well as a separate Foundation board of trustees made of up of local citizens. In order to provide funds for medical equipment and other capital improvements at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia, the Foundation receives support through a variety of programs including special events, memorial and tribute gifts, as well as charitable gifts through estate planning. More information about supporting the Foundation is available by contacting Scott Niermann, director of foundation and volunteer services at 618-436-6455. The public can also follow St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/smhfoundationincentralia.