Sue McFerran has come full circle. After graduating from high school, the current president-elect of the Mercy Hospital Ada Auxiliary worked at then-Valley View Hospital for a few years.
“It’s just something that gets in your blood,” she said. “You feel like there’s something beneficial you’re serving, and that’s what it’s all about. Hugs are the reward we get.”
She will soon represent 65 active volunteers who donated more than 27,000 hours of their time in 2014 to make Mercy Hospital Ada more welcoming to patients and their families.
Mercy Hospital Ada volunteers go beyond giving directions and handing out newspapers, however. They hold fundraising book fairs and jewelry sales, and run the hospital’s gift shop. The money they raise goes toward grants to departments to meet pressing needs – roughly $30,000 a year.
Their latest $5,000 donation went toward buying and equipping new crash carts for each nursing unit – five in all. Crash carts have items that providers need to help patients who are in or near cardiac arrest, from defibrillators and medications to breathing tubes and IV supplies.
“When one cart is used, they can just roll another one up there,” said McFerran.
Mercy Hospital Ada Foundation added another $5,000 toward the crash carts.
McFerran summed up the auxiliary’s work in one word: “dedication.”
“It’s really a mission – a mission to help any department we can with the equipment they need to serve our patients,” she said.
As important as the crash carts are, the auxiliary has also worked in recent months to improve the hospital experience for patients and visitors by installing charging stations for cell phones, tablets and laptops. The group has also made the hospital safer for patients and staff in behavioral health by purchasing special chairs that are attached to the floor and can’t be moved.
The auxiliary welcomes donations and potential volunteers. Contact Catharine Choate at Catharine.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 580-332-2323.