Auxiliary group fills hospital with chairs
Carbonear health facility benefits from donation of 109 new seats
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.
The Carbonear General Hospital Auxiliary recently donated $40,000 worth of chairs to the health-care facility. The group has 33 active members.