PITTSBURG —  “Heroes” in the community, raised $102,185 for Via Christi Hospital Pittsburg on Jan. 27 during the Mount Carmel Foundation 34th Annual Gala.

The hero-themed gala brought in a record 423 guest and 33 underwriters.

The event was hosted by the Mount Carmel Foundation — a tradition which has gone on for many years.

“For past 30 years, the foundation has raised more than $6 million for cutting-edge technology and programs,” Mount Carmel Foundation Executive Director Johnna Norton said.

Norton thanked the community on behalf of the foundation for supporting the gala, which in return will support patients at Via Christi Hospital Pittsburg.

“We have heard very positive feedback and a great energy was definitely in the room that night,” Norton said.

Last year’s funds helped bring a three-dimensional mammography machine and helped fund grants for multiple departments in the hospital.

“We are very fort to have that [mammography machine] right here in the hospital,” Norton said.

The plans for the money in 2018 include an emergency room revitalization, which will include three fasttrack rooms to help get people in and out of the ER. The ER sees over 16,000 patients a year, Norton said.

“It’s important we improve the emergency room, to make the best possible ER — making this ER better than what it already is,” Norton said.

She said the revitalization will cost $437,000, and the Mount Carmel Foundation will cover $250,000 of it with the hospital will carry the rest.

“Together we continue the legacy started 1983 to serve the community in southeast Kansas,” Norton said to the audience at the event.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.