Patients to Benefit from Gift Shop Service $189,003 Pledge
The Gift Shop Service is preparing for its Holiday Open House set for Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 8 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Profits are donated annually to the MidMichigan Health Foundation to help the Medical Center purchase equipment and support services.
From heart patients to laboring mothers, sales from items sold at the Gift Shop at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland are enhancing the care provided at the Medical Center. A pledge of $189,003 was recently made to the MidMichigan Health Foundation by the Gift Shop Service to support patients served by various departments at the Medical Center.
“Our volunteers are happy to see their work result in equipment that enhances the capability of the hospital. By working as a community, we all gain,” said Sue Dallessandro, chair, Gift Shop Service.
This support includes a $100,000 commitment to the new Heart and Vascular Center currently under construction on the Medical Center – Midland’s campus. When complete, this Center will provide world-class care for those suffering from the most complex forms of heart disease.
Laboring mothers will also benefit from the Gift Shop Service’s pledge through the purchase of a wireless fetal monitor. This equipment will allow mothers in labor to move freely rather than being limited to lying in bed, especially when receiving labor inducing medication.
New software for the CT Department will be purchased to help physicians identify large vessel occlusion strokes that can be surgically resected by an interventional neurologist thanks to funding from the Gift Shop Service.
Gamma Knife patients will benefit from Gift Shop Service support with the purchase of a new CT adapter that secures the Gamma Knife frame to the CT table. An MR indicator, which is used during every Gamma Knife treatment, will also be bought. This device allows localization of the area(s) being treated to be viewed on the MRI images so physicians can develop a treatment plan.
New recliners for inpatient oncology rooms will also be bought with Gift Shop Service funds. These recliners will provide additional comfort and support to cancer patients.
Wall suction devices to be placed in patient rooms rounds out the list of needs supported by the current Gift Shop Service pledge. This equipment is used for basic care, from airway clearance in a lifesaving code event to maintaining patient devices when removing fluid collections after surgery, or in certain medical conditions.
The Gift Shop Service has been an avid supporter of the Medical Center over the years. Volunteers in the Medical Center’s Gift Shop sell merchandise to patients, visitors and staff. Profits are donated annually to the MidMichigan Health Foundation to help the Medical Center purchase equipment and support services. To learn more about the volunteer program, visit www.midmichigan.org/volunteers, or contact Diana Brookens, volunteer manager, at (989) 839-3340.