Auxiliary donates toward the purchase of two External Pacemakers for Patient Care
The Massena Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently purchased a Transvenous Pacemaker-Medtronic 5388 -- for the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department. These pieces of equipment are used as a temporary pacemaker for a patient; a wire is passed through the vein into the heart to provide electrical stimulus for the heart to beat.
Sue Beaulieu, RN, MSN, FACHE, Chief Nurse Executive explained, “The Transvenous Pacemakers is used when the patient’s natural pacemaker fails, such as when a patient has heart disease. The Auxiliary donated $8,772 toward the purchase of two external pacemakers.
Cindy Rockhill, RN, Director of Emergency Services, explains the new pacemaker to the member so the MMH Auxiliary. Pictured from left to right, front row, Helen Murray, Past-President, Cindy Rockhill, and Kay Romeo, President. Second row, Becky Shaw, Theresa Dufresne, Connie MacLennan, Cheryl Novak, Lee LaRosa, Rosemary Shoen, Jeanne Delisle, Lois Badger, Betty Barnes, Mary Cady, Kathy Adams, Rochelle LaShomb, Fran Orlando, Carol Morgan, Julie Paquin and Charles F. Fahd, II, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer.
The Massena Memorial Hospital Auxiliary offers many opportunities to volunteer at the hospital at the Information Desk, Gift Shop and Beverage Cart. Additionally, the Auxiliary can be seen setting up Christmas Trees in the Cafeteria, Levine Outpatient Center, the Board Room, the front entrance and ICU & OB waiting rooms. The Auxilians also make headgear, pillows and blankets for Cancer patients, along with cloth bags for wheelchairs and walkers. Last year they held two Work Bee’s putting together the handmade items for patients with 35 members offering a helping hand. The Work Bee’s were organized by Kathy Adams, to complete and start sewing projects for the hospital.
The Auxiliary also give teddy bears to all the pediatric patients and new born. Over the last two years, a total of 692 teddy bears, 279 pillows, 54 bags and 12 hats have been given to the hospital for patients.
The Massena Memorial Hospital Auxiliary raises money with special projects throughout the year to purchase equipment or enhance patient care at the hospital. Anyone interested in offering a few hours of volunteer time can join the hospital Auxiliary at anytime. The Auxiliary has projects continuously throughout the year, and services within the hospital.
The Auxiliary aid in many volunteer efforts; such as the Information Desk, Gift Shop Patient Juice Cart, community health fairs and seminars, just to name a few. There are nearly 200 Auxiliary members who have baked, sewn, counted, poured, carried smiled, directed, sold, informed and most of all given of themselves countless hours to help others and the hospital. For more information about the Massena Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, please call MMH Public Relations at 769-4305.