St. Luke’s Hospital benefits from Auxiliary’s gift

Published 6:04 pm Thursday, November 8, 2012

Beverly Lewenski, Auxiliary vice president; Gayle Dyer, St. Luke’s Hospital Thrift Shop manager; Virginia Clark, Auxiliary treasurer; Marcie Mack, Auxiliary secretary and gift shop manager. (photo submitted by Jennifer Wilson)

Thanks to the generosity of the Auxiliary, St. Luke’s Hospital recently received new equipment that will improve patient safety, cafeteria service and the ambiance for patients in the Center of Behavioral Health.

The Auxiliary’s recent gift of $35,000 will go towards a $20,000 electronic medication dispenser for the medical-surgical patient wing; $10,000 to the St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation’s goal to fund renovations to the Center of Behavioral Health; and $5,000 to replace steam units on the cafeteria serving line.

“Our main goal is to support the needs of St. Luke’s Hospital in caring for our patients and in providing a great place to work for healthcare professionals,” said Wendy Field, chair of the hospital’s Auxiliary. “We are blessed to have a dedicated group of individuals who contribute time, talent and money to help the hospital to meet the needs in our community.”

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Each year, after the hospital’s capital budget is approved, the Auxiliary reviews a “Wish List” of items needed by the various departments throughout the hospital. From this list, the Auxiliary determines what they can fund with proceeds from the St. Luke’s Thrift Shop, the Hospital Gift Shop and from personal contributions.

“Hospital equipment and healthcare technology are extremely costly, and we have to make choices each year as to what is priority and what, if anything, can wait,” said Ken Shull, chief executive officer of St. Luke’s Hospital.“Without the financial support and gifts of time from the Auxiliary, we would have a more difficult time serving our patients.”

With the generous support of the Auxiliary, St. Luke’s Hospital remains committed to providing exceptional care, close to home.

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