SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Memorial Hospital Auxiliary presented donations totaling $40,000 to the hospital at its annual meeting Friday at Sheridan Memorial Hospital. With these funds, the Auxiliary has given more than $453,000 to the hospital over the years.
Barbara Niner, past Auxiliary president and Kozy Korner Gift Shop manager, presented two checks to the Hospital Foundation. The first check for $7,000 came from the Auxiliary and the annual Christmas Trees of Love project. The second gift of $33,000 came from sales at the Kozy Korner Gift Shop in the hospital. The Auxiliary has asked that the funds be used to purchase specialized surgical equipment such as capnography units and laryngoscopes for the operating rooms. These equipment updates will improve patient safety and outcomes, which has been a primary goal of the Auxiliary since its inception.
“The purchase of the capnography units and laryngoscopes are right in line with the Auxiliary’s Constitution which states, ‘The purpose of this organization (the Auxiliary) is to promote and to advance the welfare of Memorial Hospital. The comfort and welfare of the patient is foremost in mind,’” Volunteer Coordinator Patty Forister said.
Kirven thanked the group of more than 60 individuals in attendance at the meeting.
“Each year the Auxiliary chooses projects that make the hospital better for patients and their families. We are so pleased to receive this funding. This tremendous gift will make a huge impact,” Kirven said.
At the meeting, three new board members — Karen Steir, Diane Boatright and Stella Montano — were recognized. Three new officers were also installed. Wanda Hanebrink is the new Auxiliary president, Joan Kalasinsky is the new secretary, and Ethelyn St. John is the new treasurer.
Awards were given to volunteers for their accumulated hours of service.
• 200 hours or more: Janet Bishop, Nancy Huckfeldt, Alice Overturf, Margaret Prout and Jean Wilmesmeier
• 500 hours or more: Diane Boatright, Sally Carroll, Wanda Hanebrink, Janie Johlman, Karen Roth and Pat Wolfe
• 1,000 hours or more: Len Nielsen and Nancy Schaffe
• 2,000 hours or more: Patty Schultz and Shirlee Tynan
• 4,000 hours or more: DK Thompson
Rose Marie Madia was recognized for 65 years of volunteer service with Sheridan Memorial Hospital and The Foundation.