WAYNESBORO, Pa. – The Intensive Care Unit at Waynesboro Hospital received nine new reclining chairs after a generous donation by the Waynesboro Hospital Auxiliary.
The new chairs cost about $30,000 and will be used by patients and visitors. The chairs not only recline, but can also go into a sleeper position for visitors staying over with patients.
A few patients have already gotten a chance to try them out, said Linda Lafferty, nurse manager for Critical Care.
“All of the feedback we’ve gotten from patients has been favorable. They think they’re fantastic,” Lafferty said. “The Auxiliary support has always been wonderful and sets our organization apart. The contributions from the Auxiliary make all the difference to the patient experience. We are truly blessed to have such an active group to support our hospital."
Each year the hospital submits a “wish list” to the Auxiliary of items that would benefit patients, but might not be covered in the annual budget, said Elaine Sneeringer, president of the Waynesboro Hospital Auxiliary.
“This was something we really thought could benefit patients and we are happy to be able to provide these chairs to the ICU,” Sneeringer said.
Throughout the year, the Auxiliary hosts various events – ranging from books sales to bake sale to raffles and more – designed to raise funds for the hospital.
During the last fiscal year, the Auxiliary raised $70,000 to benefit Waynesboro Hospital, Sneeringer said. Another “wish list” item they funded this year includes upgrading the Family Birthing Unit.
“While fundraising can be time consuming and much work, it is also a very pleasant experience,” she said. “It gives members an opportunity to utilize their creative skills and develop friendships that go beyond the event.”
The Waynesboro Hospital Auxiliary is always accepting new members. If you’re interesting in becoming a member, please contact the Volunteer Office at (717) 765-4000 ext. 5205.
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