At its 91st annual meeting on September 16, the Auxiliary of Manchester Memorial Hospital donated over $200,000 to ECHN to fund various capital items for MMH. Funds in the amount of $72,000, a portion of the $200,000, had been pledged for items that were requested at a special meeting in March 2014. At that time, the Auxiliary designated $500,000 towards ECHN “wish list” that totaled $572,000. Included in the additional items that will be purchased with the remaining $128,000 are:
• A Scott tele rehab monitor
• 2 Maxi Move lifters
• 2 TX Traction Units
• 1 Armedica Traction Table
• 3 Temporary Pacemakers
• 2 HoverMatts
• 4 Surgical Eye Stretchers
• Podiatry Chair
• 1 Workstation on Wheels
• Operating Room Lounge Furniture
• PACSGEAR CD Burner
• Joint Effort educational materials
• 3 Feeding pumps
• 12 Automatic External Defibrillators
• Other miscellaneous items
The funds for the annual gift came from The Hospital Gift Shops, Boutique and Café at the Cancer Center, and from The Penny Saver Gift Shop in Manchester.
The meeting was held at the Manchester Community College Arts and Education Center. Attendees, including Auxiliary members and their guests, were treated to a special tour of the Pulp Art Retrospective exhibit prior to lunch and the business meeting.
The Auxiliary’s 2014-2015 budget was approved and the following Officers and Directors were elected. Officers elected for one year are: President, Roberta Irish; Vice-President, Dianne Lombardo; Treasurer, Rebecca Janenda; Secretray, Susan Bidwell; Assistant Treasurers, Annie Schade and Frances Lynch. Directors elected for a two-year term through September 30, 2016 are: Vending and Marketing, Joan Lavery; Finance Chair, Rebecca Janenda; Holiday Decorations, Dianne Lombardo; Membership Chair, S. Ashley Thompson; Program Chair, Harriet Haslett; and Penny Saver Chair, Dianne Lombardo.
The Auxiliary thanks its members, hospital employees and volunteers whose hard work and support make these gifts possible.
(L-R) Kathleen O’Neill, Chair, ECHN Community Healthcare Foundation, Inc.; Nancy Crosen, Manager, Auxiliary Gift Shops; George Precourt, Manager, The Penny Saver Thrift Shop; Roberta Irish, MMH Auxiliary President; and Deb Gustafson, Assistant Manager, The Penny Saver Thrift Shop.