The Auxiliary Of Manchester Memorial Hospital Supports The Mission Of ECHN

Oct 28, 2011 -  MANCHESTER, CONNECTICUT – The Auxiliary of Manchester Memorial Hospital recently held its annual meeting at the Manchester Country Club and presented its annual gift to Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN) in the amount of $105,000. This is the largest gift ever received by the ECHN Community Healthcare Foundation from the Auxiliary. Of this amount, $55,000 will support the renovation of three patient rooms for the Joint Effort Program. These rooms are specially designed for joint replacement patients. The remaining dollars will be used to purchase the following capital items for Manchester Memorial Hospital:

• A replacement Stryker Saber Drill for ear, nose and throat surgeries. Without this piece of equipment our patients would need to go elsewhere for more complex ENT surgeries.

• A Bladder Scanner, which allows quick, accurate, and non-invasive measurement of bladder volume preventing unnecessary catheterization;

• A Vital Signs Monitor that provides reliable, automated measurement of blood pressure, pulse and oxygen level;

• A replacement total of 12, three-position Standard Geri Chair Recliners and five, three-position Heavy Duty Bariatric Geri Chair Recliners;

• An upgrade to the GI Center’s Capsule Endoscopy System, which is a system that provides wireless endoscopy technology whereby a pill camera travels through the patient’s body and takes and transmits pictures to a recorder for superior image capture, enhanced interpretation and additional comfort since there are no electrode type wires;

• A sink for the Gridlock Room to help meet EKG and blood work standards for patients with chest pain when the Emergency Department is full;

• Fifty antimicrobial keyboards and electronic mouse devices for nursing computer stations; and

• The Meg BertĂ© Owen Survivorship Program at the John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center received $6,345.

“Even during tough economic times, the Auxiliary of Manchester Memorial Hospital was able to raise significant funds in support of our mission to improve the health and well-being of our community by providing high-quality, compassionate healthcare,” said Peter J. Karl, President & CEO of Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN). “The Auxiliary's dedication is extraordinary, and its fundraising efforts to support Manchester Memorial are invaluable."

The annual gift is made possible by revenues from the Manchester Memorial Hospital Gift Shops, the John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center Boutique and Café, The Penny Saver Thrift Shop on Broad Street in Manchester and The Auxiliary. Heartfelt thanks go to Auxiliary members and volunteers who make the annual gift possible. Anyone interested in learning more about the Auxiliary of Manchester Memorial Hospital may call 860.647.6842 or email the Auxiliary at

Elections were also held for officers and directors, and the following slate was approved:
The Auxiliary officers are President, Roberta Irish; Vice-President, Diane Lombardo; Treasurer, Carolyn Wilson; Assistant Treasurers, Frances Lynch and Annie Schade. The Secretary position remains open.

Directors elected include: Finance, Rebecca Janenda; Marketing and Vending, Joan Lavery; Chair of the Penny Saver, Dianne Lombardo; Tree of Love, Frances Lynch and Annie Schade; Holiday Decorating, Carlene Ouellette; Membership, Nancy Suhie and Ashley Thompson. The outgoing president, Harriet Haslett, was elected Director-at-Large to serve.

Auxiliary President Harriet Haslett presented a check to Jeffrey P. Heidtman, Chairman of the ECHN Board of Trustees, in the amount of $105,000, which represents this year’s annual gift from The Auxiliary.

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