We are grateful to all our volunteers who donate their time, energy, talent and support. Brodstone Memorial Hospital has an active Auxiliary, over 200 members strong, whose primary mission is to assist us in providing high-quality, low-cost healthcare. The dedication of our volunteers makes it possible to purchase hospital equipment and to make improvements to our building on an annual basis. Sources of income for the Auxiliary include the Nifty Thrifty—an outlet for recycled clothing and other small items, the Gift Shop, located on the 1st floor of the hospital, and various annual fundraising events. Volunteer opportunities are also available at the hospital. Greeters are stationed at the north entrance to help patients and visitors get to their destinations within our facility. If you are interested in joining the Hospital Auxiliary or donating your time as a greeter, or help with the Nifty Thrifty or Gift Shop, please contact the Public Relations Director at Brodstone. Your volunteerism is greatly appreciated.
Fall BMH Auxiliary MeetingNovember 12, 2010
Auxiliary Honors Mary Jane Mohler
The Fall Meeting of the Brodstone Memorial Hospital Auxiliary was held recently with 52 members present. President Sherry Kneip welcomed the auxiliary members and thanked them for their past dedication and volunteer time served. Theme for this meeting was “Volunteers have all the right ingredients”. The entertainment for the evening was Sandy Tietjen, owner of New Horizons. She spoke about the services that will be offered at her new business. She also shared smoothie samples and an assortment of teas was given to all present.
A special guest, Matthew Gatlin, was introduced by John Keelan, Brodstone CEO. Matthew Gatlin is a Physician’s Assistant that joined the hospital staff recently. Mr. Keelan also spoke of the full list of services available in the Diagnostic Imaging and Cardio-Pulmonary Departments. With two major construction projects in the last 9 ½ years, the list of services in most all departments has dramatically increased. Brodstone is a Critical Access Hospital and Medicare has made these projects possible by covering the cost of 72% of the hospital construction and 54% of the clinic construction. A major project for the hospital now is the transition to Electronic Records. The transition from paper records to electronic records has been mandated by the federal government, with the main goals of patient safety and privacy. One of the outcomes of electronic records is medication reconciliation. Electronic records will aid the caregiver in prescribing medications that will work together, not against each other, all with the goal of making life better for the patient.
Cindy Hedstrom, Diagnostic Imaging Director at the hospital, thanked the auxiliary for the stereo system they purchased for the MRI room and invited members to stop by the hospital to view the MRI/CT area. The new 16 slice CT replaced the single slice unit. Hedstrom explained that single slice meant that when the unit rotated around the area to be viewed one time, one picture was taken, whereas the 16-slice rotates one time for 16 pictures. This means less breath holds for the patient and a much better view for the providers. The new MRI area has windows that allow plenty of light in the room, but are tinted so no one can see in the room. This is to reduce the claustrophobic feeling some patients get from an MRI. The hospital also will be able to offer anesthesia for patients for pain management and/or claustrophobia. Breast MRIs are also available.
Committee Reports were given during the auxiliary business meeting. The Nifty Thrifty Manager, Denise Thayer, reported that sales were up at the store and there are lots of Christmas items on the shelves. Thayer is very pleased with the number of volunteers she has at the thrift store, however they could always use more volunteers working the sales counter. Kathe Ely reported a successful Ice Cream Social was held in July. Linda Kirchhoff also spoke about the Fall Fund Raiser which is a live auction this year to be held November 14. Mary Fuller, membership chairperson reported a total of 234 current members.
Karen Tinkham thanked everyone for the $29,000 donation the hospital received from the auxiliary this year. Several new items were purchased for Superior Family Medical Center and the specialty clinic area with these funds. There were also a couple items purchased for Cardiac Rehab.
Tinkham also spoke about the new greeter program at the hospital. Volunteers from the community are greeting patients at the new north entrance and escorting them to their destination within the facility. “The greeter helps patients and visitors with directions, wheelchairs and a smile,” said Tinkham. “This has been a great addition; however we could also use more volunteers. The group of greeters likes doing what they do, that’s why they keep coming back. We don’t ever want this to get in the way of other things they want to do, so we are very flexible.” If anyone is interest in greeting or has any questions, please contact Karen Tinkham. “We will have orientation and talk about greeting and if they are still interested, we put them to work,” said Tinkham. Tinkham also reported that the annual Gift Shop and Vendor Sale will be held at the hospital on Friday, December 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is held in the south lobby and conference rooms. Along with gift shop items, there will be homemade cookies, jewelry, honey, bath soaps, purses and bags, and quilting items. A portion of the sales is donated to the hospital. The public is invited to attend.
The hospital chooses a volunteer to be honored at every meeting. This meeting, Mary Jane Mohler was honored for the time she has volunteered for the auxiliary. She has been an auxiliary member for 17 years and most recently she has spent time doing the scheduling for Nifty Thrifty.
The 2010-2011 Auxiliary officers include, Sherry Kneip, president, Carlita Price, vice-president, Patty Eggers, treasurer and secretary Karen Tinkham.
If you are interested in joining the auxiliary, Mary Fuller is our current membership chair, so just give her a call. The Auxiliary also hosts other fundraising events throughout the year such as the Summer Ice Cream Social. The Auxiliary has a Gift Shop in the Hospital. Gift Shop hours are Monday thru Friday, 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. The Auxiliary also has a second hand store called the Nifty Thrifty located downtown Superior at 410 1/2 Central. The hours of operation are Wednesday 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday 3 to 7 p.m., Friday 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations to the thrift store are always welcome. The Gift Shop and Nifty Thrifty are always in need of more volunteers. If you'd like to help please let us know!