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Hospital Auxiliary raises $9,000 for patient care bags

  • Mardell Granger, Memorial Hospital Auxiliary president, gives a $9,000 check to Tom Search, the Memorial Hospital Board chairman.

    Mardell Granger, Memorial Hospital Auxiliary president, gives a $9,000 check to Tom Search, the Memorial Hospital Board chairman.
    Courtesy of Memorial Hospital

  • Some of the contents of a patient care bag.

    Some of the contents of a patient care bag.
    Courtesy of Memorial Hospital

 
Submitted by Mariah Bargman/Memorial Hospital
updated: 3/31/2021 12:51 PM

The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has donated $9,000 to the hospital board, to buy 300 Patient Care Bags for chemo/infusion patients. The money was collected via the Auxiliary Tree of Remembrance drive as well as gift shop sales and various donations received throughout 2020.

The patient bags contain comfort items such as a blanket, thermal mug, word search puzzle, ChapStick, hand sanitizer, and other items that the patients can use during their treatments. These care bags will help make the patient's stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

Through the community's generous donations and memorials, the Auxiliary has been able to assist the hospital in purchasing needed equipment for various departments annually since 1983. In the years past, the Auxiliary has helped raise funds for the purchase of smart TVs for the new Medical Surgical Unit, 4 new High-Lo Exam Tables for the rural health clinics, a GE Ultrasound Upgrade for the Stress Echocardiogram in the radiology department, Chemo/Infusion patient chairs, ER Trauma Lights, Code Ready Defibrillator for the emergency department, Surgical Tables, Surgical Retractor and many more items.

This past year brought many fundraising challenges to the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, but through the generous donations from the community they were able to exceed their fundraising goal for the year and provide these Patient Care Bags.

The Auxiliary thanks the community for its contributions and memorials -- as their generosity ensures the Auxiliary can continue to provide the best quality care possible.