“Over 40,000 times a year people pass through the doors of this hospital,” began Randy DuBois, CEO of Cushing Regional Hospital, “and we couldn’t do it the way we do it – without the help of folks like you.”

The “you” DuBois was speaking of is Enbridge, who presented a check for $18,000 to the Cushing Regional Hospital Foundation at a special luncheon held on Tuesday. The sum pushed the total of donations made by Enbridge to a whopping $107,333.

Enbridge, a transportation and storage company, came to Cushing in 2004 after procuring assets from Shell Oil and has been a supporter of community since its arrival. According to CRH Foundation President Lee Roy Kalka, Enbridge made its initial donation of $10,000 before the hospital expansion project had even begun.

“From the very beginning Enbridge has been a great supporter,” said Kalka.

Brian Johnson, Operations Manager for Enbridge, said the company believes in partnering with the community for the betterment of all.

“I’m proud to work for a company like Enbridge,” Johnson said. “They go out of their way to aid in the health and social welfare of the community.”

One way in particular is by supporting the police and fire departments – and in Cushing – the hospital.

Johnson, who grew up in Wisconsin, only recently moved to Cushing. He admitted that moving around the country and Canada made him realize how spoiled he’d been regarding health care facilities.

“I grew up near Mayo Clinic and frankly, I wasn’t expecting a lot when I moved to Cushing,” Johnson said, “but this hospital is exceptional! It is certainly something to be proud of.”

Johnson also spoke highly of the people of Cushing. “Besides loving the winters,” he said with a grin, “my family and I noticed right away just how friendly the people are here – that’s another thing to be proud of.”

After the accolades were over, guests were invited to join CRH Foundation board members and Enbridge representatives for the unveiling of a plaque that will be mounted in the lobby of the emergency room to honor Enbridge and its generosity.

Looking at the plaque, Johnson said, “It is outstanding to be here.”