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Each year, the Lincoln Health System Auxiliary, a 501©3 volunteer organization, requests a wish list from each facility within the health system.  This ‘wish list’ usually consists of items or projects that directly benefit patient care, but were possibly not able to be purchased due to the budgetary constraints.

The Auxiliary, which consists of volunteers from all over Lincoln County who work throughout the year to raise money with a purpose to improve patient care for Lincoln Health System patients, recently announced they will be able to fund every item and project requested. The group raises money by running the Gift Galleria located on the first floor of Lincoln Medical Center near the front entrance, as well as other fundraising efforts including semi-annual jewelry and gift sales, and an annual Good Friday bake sale.

Through the hard work of these volunteers and their generous donations, the Health System and its patients will benefit from the purchase of the following: reupholstering of waiting room chairs at Patrick Rehab-Wellness Center, a new vital sign machine for Donalson Care Center (DCC), raised garden beds for resident activities at DCC, a Stryker patient transport wheelchair for Lincoln Medical Center (LMC), two permanent labor tubs for the labor and delivery unit at LMC, and MRI safe earphones with replaceable tips.

“The ability to provide our patients with a better option for noise reduction during MRI brain scans will greatly improve our patient’s experience.   The Radiology Department would like to thank the Auxiliary for all that they do for our health system,” said Cameron Walter, Director of Imaging for Lincoln Medical Center.

“The installation of permanent laboring tubs in our labor and delivery unit will provide us the ability to have two laboring moms utilizing the pain reduction benefits of water labor at the same time,” said Lola Sibert, director of obstetrics at LMC.  “Currently, are using an inflatable labor tub with disposable liners. Setting up this tub takes a significant amount of time and planning by our nurses.  By eliminating the setup time, the nursing staff will be able to focus more time and attention on their patients.”

In supplying this list of requested items, the LHS Auxiliary’s donation will enhance the patient care experience at multiple LHS facilities for the residents of Lincoln County.

Anyone interested in joining the LHS Auxiliary can pick up an application from the Lincoln Medical Center Gift Galleria on Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.

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