Gift Shop Service Donates $128,000 to Benefit Patients
Beth Ambs, R.N., in the Maternity Unit at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland, tends to an infant whose jaundice is being treated by a Biliblanket and overhead light funded by the Gift Shop Service.
The Gift Shop Service volunteers of MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland donated more than $128,000 to the Medical Center completing their 2016-2017 funding pledge. The support enabled the Medical Center to purchase equipment that will benefit patients served in Cardiovascular Services, Maternity Center, Neuro/Medical Unit, Medical Oncology, Operating Room, Rehabilitation Services, Riecker Surgery Center and the Surgical Step Down Unit.
“Through much hard work and dedication by the volunteers, we were proud to be able to purchase equipment to help staff provide out patients with excellent care,” said Carolyn Popp, Gift Shop Service chair. “It is a privilege to not only be able to show our support for our patients and staff but also to assure our community and surrounding area that we care for them.”
Equipment purchased to benefit heart patients included an EKG machine that checks for problems with the electrical activity of the heart, a surgical saw to safely expose the patient’s anatomy during open heart surgeries, and an avoximeter for the Cardiac Cath Lab to provide a more accurate and timely diagnosis for patients undergoing cardiac catheterization procedures.
Biliblankets with overhead lights to help treat infant jaundice were purchased for the Maternity Center thanks to the Gift Shop Service. Other equipment acquired with support included a device that will illuminate patient veins to improve the chances of starting IVs on the first attempt, specialized monitors to ensure safe and effective care to patients, and a scanner to quickly and more comfortably measure the amount of urine in a patient’s bladder.
Patients receiving rehabilitation services are also benefiting from Gift Shop Service support. Equipment purchased included specialized goggles to aid clinicians in diagnosing what form of vertigo a patient may have to better determine the corresponding treatment. Voice disorders are being aided through the purchase of a visipitich, which provides visual treatment in adults and children.
Currently, nearly 80 people volunteer in the Medical Center’s Gift Shop selling merchandise to patients, visitors and staff. Profits are donated annually to the Medical Center for equipment.
To learn more about the volunteer program, visit www.midmichigan.org/volunteers, or contact the Volunteers Services Department at (989) 839-3340.