While the name has changed over the decades – known today as Alegent Creighton Health Midlands Hospital – one thing has remained constant at Sarpy County’s original hospital.
Every year, the hospital’s auxiliary spends the better part of the month of October baking Christmas fruitcakes to raise money for some worthy medical cause.
Revenues from this year’s fruitcake sales will help build a proposed breast health center.
Carol Maguire, operations director for customer relations at the hospital, said the auxiliary has pledged to raise $100,000 toward the cost of the center, and the fruitcake sale will net between $20,000 and $25,000 toward that goal.
Maguire said volunteers will bake about 2,000 fruitcakes and they will cost $17 for a 1 ½-pound cake and $10 for a ¾-pound cake.
The cakes will be available through December while supplies last and may be purchased at the hospital’s gift shop.
In a few weeks, she said, the fruitcakes will be available at the Papillion Hy-Vee, Fareway and No Frills grocery stores.
Information on their availability in the grocery stores can be obtained by calling 402-593-3847.
Maguire said persons may also call that number to have a cake shipped anywhere in the country.
The cost of shipping is $6.
“We send them all over,” she said. “Sometimes it’s to people who moved away but still want a cake, sometimes it’s people who live here sending them as gifts.”