The Mercy Hospital Auxiliary recently announced the donation of over $30,000 to the hospital to offset cost for equipment purchases.
“Members of the auxiliary dedicate their personal time to serve the hospital in many ways, just one of those being raising funds to help support equipment purchases and program development at the hospital,” said Reta Baker, Mercy Hospital Fort Scott president. “Without their generosity and commitment to their cause, the hospital would need to generate the funds.
Daily, it’s easy to notice how the auxiliary members give of themselves; both in time and membership dues, to continually upgrade equipment and improve the services we offer. If we lacked their support, some items would likely be delayed for purchase or replacement.”
The auxiliary board approved funding the following purchases:
Tympanogram Set with Charger and Printer Stand - The devise helps physicians diagnose and monitor problems in the middle ear (especially in children) and prevents sending them to an ENT if not necessary. It can be used in conjunction with Work Well, occupational wellness programs, Kan Be Healthy and Well Child Checks.
Five K-Pad Machines – The machine helps control patient temperature.
Hearing Screener Complete System – The system helps Mercy meet regulatory compliance with hearing screens for newborns.
Three Vital Sign Monitors – Monitoring patient vitals is a key intervention in patient treatment and the evaluation plan.
ACPR In-schools Training Kit – The kit will be "housed" at the hospital then loaned to area schools for CPR training. One kit includes 10 mini manikins plus all training equipment and materials.
Two Wound Care Treatment Chairs – The chairs will be utilized for wound care patients instead of the typical hospital bed. It will be more comfortable for the patient and gives the caregiver better access to the wound.
UbiDuo 2 Communicating Device – The device will be used for the hearing impaired.
The Mercy Auxiliary raises money through proceeds of sales in the Mercy Market Place gift shop, book sales and other specialty sales such as Christmas and jewelry, Auxiliary member’s annual dues and vending machine sales at the hospital.
For more information about the Mercy Auxiliary or to volunteer, call 620-223-8430.