Auxiliary Gives to Hospital to Help Purchase Two Pieces of Equipment
The Massena Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently presented the hospital with twochecks to purchase medical equipment. The first check presented is for a birthing bed for Tender Touches Birthing Center, and the second check is purchase equipment for a patient room for the Cardiac Monitoring upgrade. The Auxiliary donated $23,600 to the hospital. Kay Romeo, (right), MMH Auxiliary President, and Barb Kennedy, MMH Gift Shop Buyer/Manager, present Robert Wolleben, Chief Executive Officer, with two checks for each piece of equipment. Each year the MMH Auxiliary offers fund raisers with the intent to purchase equipment for the hospital. Earlier this year, the Auxiliary donated $12,000 for a Patient Wandering System, Roam Alert, for the Intensive Care Unit. This year, the Auxiliary has donated nearly $36,000 for medical equipment and patient care.
The Auxiliary choose to purchase a state of the art birthing bed which offers comfort, safety and ease-of-use for the hospital staff. In labor and delivery, every second counts. A staff member must be able to respond quickly and easily, especially in an emergency. This new birthing bed delivers a safe, sleek birthing bed that functions in the busiest environment with ease. This birthing bed features; the integrated foot section simply slides under the bed for birth and back into place afterward. Additionally, the birthing bed, features ease of use, no-lift, and stow and go foot section, Battery back-up, Zero transfer gap, One Step side rail release; Safety for patients and caregivers Foot section easily slides back into place, the tempur-pedic mattress for comfort and pressure redistribution, with pressure reducing foam for patient comfort and support.
Additionally, the Auxiliary joined this year’s Foundation efforts to donate money to enhance and upgrade the hospital’s cardiac monitoring system; the upgrade includes new monitors, remote portable tele‐paks and software. Cardiac telemetry, the continuous monitoring of a patient's heart rate and rhythm, has always been part of the care we provide at MMH. Commonly patients recovering from heart events, those who may be at risk of heart events, and individuals experiencing ongoing heart problems are monitored through our 12 bed system. To provide even greater monitoring capability the hospital is upgrading and expanding the telemetry system to monitor 22 patients as step one to eventually providing this capability for every hospital patient if necessary. This capability allows MMH to meet the request of our providers in offering expanded telemetry monitoring and keep the care in our community as part of our standard of care in ICU, Telemetry and Medical units. In keeping with MMH’s commitment to provide physicians access to patient data the upgraded Telemetry system will also seamlessly interface with the patient's electronic medical record so that physicians both in the hospital and in their office have the telemetry information in real time
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 and OB waiting rooms. The Auxilians also make headgear, pillows and blankets for patients, along with cloth bags for wheelchairs and walkers. Additionally, the Auxiliary gives teddy bears to all the pediatric patients and new born. Over the last few years, over 1,000 teddy bears, 400 pillows, 54 bags and 50 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 175 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 769-4262.