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IVCH Auxiliary donates $34,000 to hospital

IVCH Auxiliary president Allison Rooney (left) and immediate past president Jan Vogelgesang present Tommy Hobbs, the hospital’s CEO, with a check.
IVCH Auxiliary president Allison Rooney (left) and immediate past president Jan Vogelgesang present Tommy Hobbs, the hospital’s CEO, with a check.

The Illinois Valley Community Hospital Auxiliary wrapped up its 2017-18 organization year with an announcement at its closing meeting May 1 that it purchased more than $34,192 worth of medical equipment for IVCH in the past 12 months.

Items obtained by the hospital with Auxiliary funds during the past year include:

• A Lucas chest compression device kept in the emergency department to use on cardiac arrest patients who need extended cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

• A new ultrasound table for the diagnostic imaging department.

• A recumbent stepper machine and pulley weights for pulmonary rehabilitation patients.

• Three new wheelchairs specially made to transport heavier-than-average patients.

• Medication bags for a trial program at IVCH’s Peru Medical Clinic to see if patients will remember to bring their medications to doctors’ appointments if they have a reusable bag in which to bring them.

The Auxiliary raises the money it contributes to IVCH through regularly scheduled bake and vendor sales in addition to annual plant and book sales. Profits from sales in the Auxiliary-managed hospital gift shop also help fund the group’s hospital grants.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Tommy Hobbs, IVCH’s chief executive officer, complimented the Auxilians for their fundraising skills and for volunteering their time and efforts to help the hospital.

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