Vida Medical Clinic received a new ultrasound machine through donations from the Knights of Columbus.
“No woman should feel alone and unsupported when facing the realities of an unplanned pregnancy. The Knights of Columbus have been an important partner in our mission to support and lift up pregnant women, and the ultrasound machine is one of the most important pieces of medical equipment in our clinic,” Vida Executive Director Anne Tretinyak said. “We are grateful for their hard work on our behalf to ensure that the technology in our clinic remains state of the art.”
Local donations for the ultrasound machine came from Knights of Columbus Council #7895 Msgr. Gehl Council, which represents the parishes of SS. Peter and Paul in Hortonville, St. Denis in Shiocton and St. Patrick in Stephensville. The local Knights raised more than $28,000 for the new machine, and the purchase was completed with matching funds from the national Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative and the Supreme Council’s Culture of Life Fund.
“We look for ways to fundraise and give back to our community that align with our faith values and that directly impact our local area,” Council #7895 Deputy Grand Knight Craig Cummings said. “Donating an ultrasound machine to Vida allows pregnant women to see their developing unborn child and hopefully choose life, whether that is through parenting or placing that child for adoption.”
In addition to ultrasound imaging, Vida Medical Clinic also provides other free and confidential services including Pap, pelvic and breast exams, and STD testing and treatment for men and women. Vida’s Support Services Program provides education and material support to pregnant women and parents of young children including free one-on-one labor and delivery classes and lactation consultation.
The Knights also fundraised for Vida’s last ultrasound machine purchase in 2012. Both donations are part of the national Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative, which has donated more than 1,000 ultrasound machines to medical clinics and centers across the United States and world since 2009. The Knights also support Vida through baby bottle drives, financial donations, supply donations and prayer.
“This donation gives us a way to support these women, lift up local families and support a culture of life in northeast Wisconsin,” Cummings said.
Pictured: The Knights of Columbus present Vida Medical Clinic and Support Services with a donation for a new ultrasound for Vida’s Appleton-based medical clinic. (L to r) Msgr. Gehl Council 7895 Trustee Gary Mennen, Msgr. Gehl Council 7895 Grand Knight Darwin Hostettler, Wisconsin State Deputy Jack Wrbanicht, Msgr. Gehl Council 7895 Deputy Grand Knight Craig Cummings, Vida Executive Director Anne Tretinyak, JD, and Vida Nurse Manager Heidi Weiland. Not pictured but also in attendance at the check presentation was Msgr. Gehl Council 7895 Advocate Ralph Skowron.