Queens Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary News

The Queens County Advance - - OBITUARIES - BY PRES­I­DENT PEGGY ATKIN­SON

We are main­tain­ing our mem­ber­ship num­bers and ru­mor has it we may even get some new mem­bers in the fall.

Our fundrais­ing con­tin­ues. We are for­tu­nate that 3 young peo­ple have vol­un­teered to co­or­di­nate and or­ga­nize our an­nual Hos­pi­tal Hus­tle. This is our main fundraiser held each year in Septem­ber.

In re­sponse to re­quests from Queens Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal our Aux­il­iary pur­chased $57,000 worth of equip­ment in the past year. Pur­chases in­cluded new fur­ni­ture for the quiet room – a place for fam­i­lies to re­treat and recharge when cop­ing with the stress of the ill­ness of a loved one.

Other pur­chases made in 2016 were a shower com­mode, shower stretcher, 4 over the bed ta­bles, ipad mini and case (for use in mu­sic ther­apy pro­gram), bariatric wait­ing room chair, stat manikin with ecg/pac­ing sim­u­la­tor.

We have also com­mit­ted $20,000 to other pur­chases – re­place­ment fur­ni­ture for the emer­gency wait­ing room and treat­ment rooms. The pur­chases may seem small but each one makes a big dif­fer­ence to the qual­ity of the work­ing life of hos­pi­tal staff and pa­tients.

Our Aux­il­iary con­tin­ues to op­er­ate the hos­pi­tal gift shop. We are look­ing for more vol­un­teers so we can main­tain the cur­rent hours of op­er­a­tion.

Mem­bers of the Aux­il­iary at­tended the Ed­u­ca­tion Sem­i­nar in Truro in April and the West­ern Re­gional Meet­ings in Novem­ber 2016 and May 2017.

Long ser­vice pins were pre­sented to the fol­low­ing: Dale Wolfe – 41 years; Peggy Atkin­son – 35 years; Lil­lian Croft – 30 years; Glo­ria Meers – 15 years; Phyl­lis Mck­iel – 10 years.

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