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KGH Auxiliary Awards Over $50,000 in Grants to Hospital


January 21, 2010

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan General Hospital Auxiliary awarded $52,268 to hospital projects at their annual luncheon Saturday, January 16. Since the Auxiliary began the grant program ten years ago, they have donated $316,695 to the hospital. The grants are from proceeds of the KGH Gift Shop.

jpg Auxiliary member Merle Graham, Auxiliary President Carolyn Wilsie and KGH Chaplain Sister Arnadene Bean.

Left to right: Auxiliary member Merle Graham, Auxiliary President Carolyn Wilsie and KGH Chaplain Sister Arnadene Bean.
Photograph courtesy KGH

The largest grant went to the New Beginnings Birthing Center. They received $13,650 for a new birthing bed. Several of the requests were for bariatric equipment to accommodate larger patients. Bariatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the causes, prevention, and treatment of obesity. A total of $13,800 was made available for a bariatric bed in the New Horizons Transitional Care Unit, a bariatric stretcher for the Emergency Department and two batiatric recliners for the patients admitted to the Medical/Surgical Department.

The Emergency Department also received $6,000 for four new wheelchairs and Medical/Surgical will get a venoscope for $195 and a neonatal transilluminator for $295. Both pieces of equipment help locate hard to find veins.

The Rehabilitation Department was awarded $2,340 for an Audiometer to test hearing. Respiratory Therapy received $4,988 for an Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor for use with treadmill testing. Home Health got $1,000 for Oximeters, which monitor oxygen saturation in a patient's blood. The Surgery Department will get $5000 for a Doppler machine used in cardiovascular procedures. The Ketchikan General Hospital Foundation was awarded $5,000 to their 2010 Gift of Healing project to create and equip a minimally invasive surgical suite.

The Auxiliary membership also reelected Carolyn Wilsie as President, Kay Key, Treasurer, and Marty West Secretary.

Ketchikan General Hospital is part of PeaceHealth, a Bellevue, WA-based not-for-profit health care system with medical centers and clinics in Alaska, Washington and Oregon that serves more than 57,000 patients annually. Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, Ketchikan General Hospital has provided services to residents of Southeast Alaska since 1923.



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