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Published on September 05, 2018

Patients Supported with Gift Shop Service Donations

Photo of Dr. Karla Witzke D.O., thanking Volunteer Services for their equipment donations.Urologist Karla Witzke, D.O., is shown next to some of the urology equipment funded by the Gift Shop Service of MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland.

The Gift Shop Service volunteers of MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland donated more than $157,000 to the MidMichigan Health Foundation completing their FY 2018 funding pledge. Their support enabled the Medical Center to purchase equipment that will benefit patients served in Cardiovascular Services, Dining and Catering Services, Maternal Child Health, Medical ICU, Operating Room, Radiation Oncology and Rehabilitation Services.

“The Gift Shop volunteers are very pleased to be able to purchase equipment for the departments,” said Donna Herringshaw, FY 2018 chair, Gift Shop Service Steering Committee. “Many can relate to friends or relatives having procedures done that use the equipment as part of the process. The volunteers love to have staff from a recipient department come and talk about how the equipment was beneficial to them and the patients at our spring membership meeting.”

Equipment purchased consisted of Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) machines including a portable device, which will assist the vascular team in their ability to perform faster and easier ABI exams for the diagnosis and tracking of Peripheral Artery Disease. iPads for Dining and Catering Services were also bought, which will help patients place orders at their bedside enabling faster service.

Laboring mothers will benefit from a wireless fetal monitor thanks to donated funds from the Gift Shop Service. This monitor will allow mothers in labor the ability to move more freely and still be watched closely rather than be limited to lying in bed.

Patients needing to sustain a heart rate until further interventions can be done are being aided with temporary pacemakers bought with Gift Shop Service support. Pinpoint accuracy on targeting tumors will be accomplished thanks to the purchase of a physics monitor for Radiation Oncology.

Medical procedures done in the Operating Room will be enhanced due to the purchase of urology equipment to aid in prostate and bladder tumor resections, a bronchoscope used to look inside the lungs and a pediatric scope set specifically made to assist urologists treating young patients with urology concerns.

Critically ill patients can stay in their relatively comfortable rooms for urgent endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures thanks to the purchase of a GI Travel Cart. Fiberoptic endoscope evaluations, as part of a swallowing study in Rehabilitation Services, can now also take place conveniently at the patient’s bedside thanks to funds given for an additional endoscope by the Gift Shop Service.

Volunteers in the Medical Center’s Gift Shop sell 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 Volunteer Services Department at (989) 839-3340.