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HMH Auxiliary donates funds to purchase equipment for patients and staff education

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The Harrison Memorial Hospital (HMH) Auxiliary completed 2014 with raising more than $28,000 for Harrison Memorial Hospital. The HMH Auxiliary has donated more than $37,000 to Harrison Memorial Hospital in 2014 to purchase equipment for patient care and education.
In May 2014, the HMH Auxiliary purchased a convection oven and range for the dietary department at HMH. In September of 2014, the board purchased 15 sleep chairs for patient rooms on the medical/surgical unit.
In March of 2015, the auxiliary purchased a patient simulator for nursing education. The advanced life support manikin provides a realistic training experience allowing staff to practice skills and participate in interactive scenarios.
“The nursing department is excited with the new patient simulator,” said Traci Taylor, HMH Chief Nursing Officer. “The use of the new teaching tool provides staff with opportunities to experience scenarios within a safe, supervised setting. The teaching method will promote patient safety and optimize outcomes of care.”
“Thanks to the HMH Auxiliary the clinical education department will utilize the manikin for basic life support, advanced cardiac life support, trauma classes, new hire nursing orientation, annual education competencies, and mock disaster scenarios,” said Misti Dixon, HMH Clinical Nursing Educator.
The funds for the equipment are generated from the HMH Auxiliary Gift Shop and fundraising events. All proceeds go directly to HMH for the patients from the community. Thus far in 2015, the fundraising events have raised close to $3,000 and the HMH Auxiliary Gift Shop has earned $4,800. In the upcoming months, the HMH Auxiliary will hold two more fundraising events, which include:
• Purse, Luggage and More Sale: Wednesday, June 17 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the HMH front lobby.
• Linens Sale: Thursday, Aug. 6 and Friday, Aug. 7, from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the HMH front lobby.
“HMH is extremely blessed to have a dedicated group of volunteers,” said Sheila Currans, HMH Chief Executive Officer. “They are true assets to this organization, and our facility is better supported through all of their efforts.”
The HMH Auxiliary is comprised of more than 50 members who volunteer time to the facility. Volunteers are always welcomed. If you are interested in becoming an HMH Auxiliary member or volunteer, contact Theresa Philpott at 859-588-2804. If you are interested in volunteering in the HMH Gift Shop, call Trudie Harrison at 234-3333.

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