by Elizabeth Wehman, editor
The Memorial Healthcare Auxiliary Luncheon was a glimpse into volunteering as auxiliary member Pat Shaw-Urick headed up a group of the women in a cheer, as shown here, for volunteers at the Tuesday, May 10 meeting. The Auxiliary started in 1919 and since then many volunteers have become Auxiliary members and have volunteered their most precious commodity ‘time’ in efforts to make patients at Memorial Healthcare comfortable and welcome.
The meeting began with VP of Information Services/CIO Tom Kurtz of Memorial Healthcare presenting to the luncheon guests the new patient portal system software which the hospital will soon be implementing for doctors and patients. Many Michigan hospitals now use the system which means they will automatically have access to records if a patient were to need care anywhere in the state. Kurtz said, “This is a very exciting project.”
The system is called EPIC from a company in Wisconsin. The system will send and receive messages to doctors, send and receive test results and images from tests, and also will have the opportunity to share with other hospitals on an instant basis. The two year project, for the hospital, has a projected finish date of 2017.
Also at the meeting many comments were read from new, recent, and past volunteers about their experiences of working as a volunteer at the hospital. Many related how volunteerism has given them so much more than what they ever gave into it. Past presidents were also honored at the meeting and given a rose in honor of their service.
The auxiliary is going into its 97th year.