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TMH Foundation Pledges Support for New Hospital Program


The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is proud to announce their support of the Comfort Closet at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.  To date, the Foundation has provided a $500 grant to fund this program.

The Comfort Closet is an initiative started by the Emergency Department at TMH to supply comfort bags to children who cannot safely return to their homes.  The backpacks include comfort items such as flashlights, books, a stuffed animal or toy and blankets.  To kick start the program, the Sertoma club of Taylorville has donated 24 backpacks that will be stuffed with items for these children.

“When a child is removed from their home, they usually can only grab a few items and typically don’t have a bag to put their belongings in. We wanted to make that transition a little easier on these children,” said Emergency Department Manager Kristy Cesaretti.

Coats and slippers will also be available for those patients who arrive without those needed items.

“This is one of the many programs the TMH Foundation is pleased to support.  Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to make a difference in these children’s lives,” said TMH Foundation executive director Raedena Ryan.

The Foundation invites and accepts financial gifts to help further the mission of the Taylorville Memorial Hospital.  For more information on how you can support the Comfort Closet or other programs funded by the Foundation, please contact Raedena Ryan at 217-824-1651 or visit

For information on specific items needed for the Comfort Closet, please contact Kristy Cesaretti at 217-824-1315.