ECH Auxiliary in a giving mood

ELIZABETHTOWN The Elizabethtown Community Hospital Auxiliary was in a giving mood at its final meeting of the year. Members have raised over $15,000 through a variety of activities and fundraisers, a record. The auxiliary met on Dec. 5 at the Hand House in Elizabethtown to decide how to spend the funds raised during the year. Auxiliary members donated about $12,000 to purchase items for the hospital. Auxiliary Vice President Mildred Walsh, one of the founders of the auxiliary when it re-started in 1955, was impressed by how successful efforts had become. I think its terrific. When I see the $12,000 that throws me, compared to $150, said Walsh, comparing this years total to ones in the past. Walsh said the auxiliary was so successful because of efforts by people to get out and work. Along with fund-raising, some members serve the hospital as volunteers. Auxiliary members decided to purchase a specialized TV for patients in occupational therapy, a cytofuge for the laboratory, a spot vital signs monitor for the health clinic, and a portable suction unit for radiology. An additional $1,400 was donated to the nursing unit and $300 to the health clinic for patient care items. The purchases were on top of the auxiliarys $3,300 donation to the hospitals capital campaign. The auxiliary plans to donate a total of $10,000 over the next three years. The $6 million project will require about $2 million in donations. Were supportive of the capital campaign and what it means to the community, said auxiliary President Laura Sells-Doyle. The expansion project is slated to help the hospital add important services like chemotherapy, she explained. Along with purchasing equipment for the hospital, the auxiliary sponsors a variety of activities to support staff and gifts for patients, a scholarship, and public outreach activities. Hospital spokeswoman Kerry Haley said staff and patients were grateful for the support. We cant say enough about how much we appreciate the auxiliary, not only for the donations but the time, talent and passion they provide, said Haley.

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