DANSVILLE — Noyes Health Auxiliary reached a major milestone Tuesday.
During its regular meeting, the Auxiliary delivered on its final pledge of $48,000 to the Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department.
NHA President Mary Ann Scharmberg said that they have worked five years to pay off a $305,000 pledge to the department. This donation makes them the second largest donor of the Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department.
This is an extraordinary accomplishment for the Auxiliary, which made the pledge in 2014. The emergency department opened its doors in July 2014. The auxiliary has worked around the clock to raise the money through the hospital gift shop, annual golf tournament, craft fair, and other small fundraising activities. There are about 100 members of the Auxiliary, with 40 who are consistent volunteers supporting all the Noyes Health Auxiliary’s efforts.
The first check was $75,000 in 2015, $56,500 in 2016, $65,500 in 2017, $60,000 in 2018, and finally $48,000 in 2019.
Scharmberg said this pledge represents all the hard work of the volunteers.
Noyes Health CEO Amy Pollard was presented the check at the regular meeting. Pollard thanked the Auxiliary, and informed them that at least 15,000 patients a year visit the emergency room.
Gerri Long, Noyes Health Auxiliary former president, said that it is a huge accomplishment for the Auxiliary.
“I am very happy with what we all did. It took many volunteers a lot of hours to get this done,” she said. “I had to use the emergency room with my husband for his ultrasound, and it was a very good experience. The equipment and expertise is outstanding. I am very pleased we are all a part of making this happen. It was a lot of work, but it was worth every moment.”
In other business:
Tammy West, Noyes Chief of Nurses, gave a presentation on the importance of becoming an organ donor. There were several personal takes on what donations have done for people in the auxiliary.
West also gave some highlights on the new projects in need of care in the hospital, and asked if the auxiliary would like to work on a few. These include 20 patient rooms in need of renovation on the third floor, replacing televisions in rooms, replacing the portable X-ray, Arthrex shoulder trays, Urology equipment for the new doctor, remodel of hospice room, and E.A.R.s Lifeline Units.
Mary Sue Dehn, Noyes Health Public Relations director, gave a presentation on what the foundation has done to make things better in the hospital. Dehn showed the Noyes Takes Flight video on Making Noyes for the auxiliary members.
Pollard gave highlights on what Noyes Memorial Hospital is moving forward on.
“Dr. Alim has joined Noyes as our new Urologist. As you know we have been out of one for five years. He has gotten very busy," she said. “Construction is almost done on the Physical Therapy room at Brae Burn. We hope to have it open by March. Imaging Services will take over that space once they move, and we will have PET scans and a radiology suite. These scans will help us treat cancer patients. It will be built like an operating room.
“We will be opening the Dialysis Center in Mount Morris next week. Residents no longer have to be up at 4 a.m. to get to their treatments, and will be able to do it at the nursing home. People all over the area will be able to use this for dialysis treatment,” Pollard continued.
As far as new technology goes there will be a telemedicine stroke program. It will be called TeleNeurology for Stroke.
The officers of 2019 are as follows: Mary Ann Scharmberg, president; Loretta Stratton, vice president; Lisa Leven, secretary; and Ann Dunlop, treasurer.
The next Noyes Health Auxiliary meeting is April 30 at the Dansville Foursquare Church on 49 West Avenue.