by Elizabeth Wehman, editor
The women of the Memorial Auxiliary held their annual Memorial Auxiliary Fashion Show on Tuesday, April 12 at the Memorial Healthcare Auditorium. Members in attendance had the chance to have a special luncheon as well as hearing from Executive Director Matt Huffnagle regarding Memorial Healthcare’s upcoming fundraiser called, “Going to a Higher Level,” campaign. The campaign seeks to raise $1.2 million for updates and remodeling to the existing emergency department.
The original emergency room facility was designed to care for up to 15,000 patients a year. Last year Memorial facilitated the medical needs of 28,000 patients. “We want improved care for our patients,” remarked Huffnagle. The newly updated emergency department will offer private rooms, help better facilitate the care of stroke/trauma patients as well as a dedicated section for minor/emergency care patients. The cost of the project is $1.2 million.
The Memorial Auxiliary Women’s Group voted at their luncheon to supply the hospital with $30,000 each year, for the next five years, for a total of $150,000 toward the project. This addition to the campaign gives the Memorial Foundation almost three-quarter of a million dollars that has now been given for the project.
Those wishing to give toward the project can also participate by giving to the Memorial Healthcare Foundation. Monies can be given as one time gifts or extended over a five year period. Information about the project can be found at MemorialHealthcare.org.