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Hospital Auxiliary donates $30,000


January 31, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan General Hospital Auxiliary during their annual meeting in January voted to donate almost $30,000 in medical equipment and training costs to the hospital. Funds are raised primarily through the all-volunteer gift shop they operate in the hospital's lobby, as well as an annual or bi-annual raffle.

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The KGH Auxiliary during their January luncheon.
Photo courtesy KGH

Each year the various hospital departments make requests to the Auxiliary, and the members vote to determine which requests to fund. For 2006 they voted to fund or purchase the following items (listed with their estimated costs):

  • BIPAP Vision, a non-invasive technology for ventilation of acutely ill patients: $9,040
  • Women's Diagnostic Imaging Suite, campaign of the KGH Foundation: $3,500
  • Vapotherm, a new technology to improve the delivery of oxygen: $3,000
  • Treadmill, for Cardiac Rehabilitation patients: $8,000
  • Vascular Doppler, to audibly detect blood flow in extremeties: $1,850
  • Nine wheelchairs and accessories for New Horizons Transitional Care Unit: $2,200
  • Funding to send one person for training to become a Bereavement Skills Trainer in the Volunteer Hospice program: $1,265

In addition to operating the Gift Shop, Auxiliary members staff an all-volunteer Outpatient Surgery Waiting Room, providing a variety of assistance to patients and their loved ones who are waiting for them during the surgery and recovery process.



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