Aux­il­iary group fills hos­pi­tal with chairs

Car­bon­ear health fa­cil­ity benefits from do­na­tion of 109 new seats

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON edi­tor@CB­N­com­

Peo­ple look­ing to sit down for a mo­ment at Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal may no­tice some snazzy new chairs.

There are 109 new chairs in all, and the hos­pi­tal has the good work of its aux­il­iary group to thank for the gen­er­ous do­na­tion. Their ap­prox­i­mate value is $40,000.

Ac­cord­ing to aux­il­iary co-pres­i­dent He­len Green, hos­pi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tion helped iden­tify the need for new chairs. The aux­il­iary has reg­u­larly helped out with new pur­chases since its for­ma­tion over 40 years ago.

The aux­il­iary op­er­ates the hos­pi­tal’s gift shop, and that’s where the ma­jor­ity of the group’s rev­enue is gen­er­ated. It also en­gages in fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the year.

The aux­il­iary now has 33 ac­tive mem­bers and 75 vol­un­teers who help keep the gift shop open.

“We’re open six hours a day Mon­day to Fri­day, and then four hours a day Satur­day and Sun­day,” said Green.

Among the other items pur­chased for the hos­pi­tal in re­cent years were two am­bu­lances, two birthing beds, elec­tric beds and pa­tient lifts.

Ac­cord­ing to aux­il­iary sec­re­tary Alice Blun­don, the next item on the hos­pi­tal’s wish list is Holter mon­i­tors that can track a pa­tient’s heart rhythms con­tin­u­ously.

Green notes there is a greater need for vol­un­teers dur­ing win­ter months, as many peo­ple are less will­ing to ven­ture out on the icy roads this time of year.

Those in­ter­ested in join­ing the aux­il­iary or vol­un­teer­ing at the gift shop can con­tact Green or Blun­don at 596-3087 and 596-2358 re­spec­tively, or aux­il­iary co-pres­i­dent Lillian Par­sons at 596-1488.

Photo by An­drew Robin­son/The Compass

The Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary re­cently do­nated $40,000 worth of chairs to the health-care fa­cil­ity. The group has 33 ac­tive mem­bers.

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