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KGH Volunteer Auxiliary Announces Grants


January 24, 2011
Monday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Crazy colored socks, yards of scarves, earrings, candy bars and baby clothes sold in the Ketchikan General Hospital Gift Shop provided funding for almost $50,000 in equipment and supplies for six hospital departments this year.

The Ketchikan General Hospital Auxiliary met Saturday, January 15 for their annual luncheon to decide which projects to fund from applications sent by hospital managers.

KGH Volunteer Auxiliary....

Left to right, Auxiliary members Dolores Houts, Kathy Fitzgerald and Auxiliary President Carolyn Wilsie completing ballots for the donations.
Photo courtesy KGH

“We had a good year in the shop,” said Carolyn Wilsie, President of the Auxiliary. “Each year we give the profits back to the hospital. It’s gratifying to see our hard work benefit the community like this. The hard part is deciding between the projects. There is always an unmet need but we do our best.”

The Auxiliary projects funded this year include:

• $3,895 for a Hand and Wrist Continuous Passive Motion Machine for Occupational Therapy.
• $14,000 for an Ultrasonic Bladder Scanner in the New Horizons Transitional Care Unit.
• $2300 for the Child Development Center to replace well worn toys and games.
• $5000 to the Foundation toward their project to purchase a new San-I-Pak which disposes of medical waste
• $6100 for a replacement stretcher in the Surgery Department, and
• $18,200 for a GlideScope in the Emergency Department, which will make inserting breathing
tubes much easier.

“We’re getting ready for spring in the shop now,” said Ms. Wilsie, “We’re stocking new items most every week. We would like to keep the shop open longer if we had more volunteers.

“Spread the word we’re looking for folks who would like to spend a few hours a week in the shop. It’s really a lot of fun, especially if you’re a people person. They can stop by the shop in the hospital lobby if they’re interested. We’re open weekdays from 11 until 4.”

Wilsie was reelected President of the Auxiliary for the eighteenth year. Other officers elected at the Saturday luncheon were Margaret Lynne, Vice President; Marty West, Secretary; and Maria Carr, Treasurer.



Source of News & Photograph:

Ketchikan General Hospital

Ketchikan General Hospital is part of PeaceHealth, a WA-based not-for-profit health care system serving communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, PeaceHealth has provided medicine and care to Northwest communities for more than a century. For more information, visit

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