Midland Volunteers Continue Support of MidMichigan Health Projects
The effects of COVID-19 continue to make their mark on so many, including volunteers at the Gift Shop of MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland. Even after one of the most challenging years in history, the volunteers recently completed a pledge to the MidMichigan Health Foundation in support of various projects to help with patient comfort, equipment, services and technology. The volunteer group’s commitment of support for the 2020-21 year ended with a total of $61,084 donated from gift shop sales.
Carol Feider, chair of the Gift Shop, is pleased to know that her team’s efforts have made an impact. “We enjoy volunteering and COVID restricted our efforts to help, at time, even closing our shop,” said Feider. “A big part of our funds come from patient families and visitors stopping in to see what’s available for their loved ones, and we also have regular employee shoppers and shoppers from the community who visit us. Our team has been resilient and remained focused on providing the best support we could. To be able to put the dollars we make back into helping with patient care and equipment is very rewarding, especially during these times."
Projects the funds went to support include two Vital Sign Machines and one LG Television for the Infusion Center; a Portascan 3D Bladder Scanner for the Neuro Trauma Unit; three Halo Swivel Bassinets for Maternal and Infant Services; one Vein Finder and one EKG Machine for the Heart and Vascular Center and two Physics Quality Assurance Phantoms for the Radiation Oncology Department.
“Our volunteers are an integral part of our health system,” said Diana Brookens, manager of volunteer services, MidMichigan Medical Center - Midland. “Having to close the Gift Shop completely was not something any of the volunteers wanted, but their dedication and perseverance to support patients and their families, and raising funds for health care in our community, continues to inspire.”
As MidMichigan Health continues to maintain some visitor restrictions, a visitor pass must be issued to enter the Gift Shop. Phone orders may be placed for flowers and deliveries by calling (989) 839-3961.
Those interested in learning more about the volunteer services program in Midland may contact Diana Brookens, manager of volunteer services, at (989) 839-3340.