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Feel Better with Firelands - Spring 2018

Firelands Regional Medical Center brings you stories of inspiration, innovation, and empowerment in its Feel Better with Firelands magazine.


{ 10 } FOUNDATION N E W S Auxiliary receives Lifetime Achievement Award In 2017, Firelands Regional Health System was pleased to award The Foundation for Firelands Lifetime Achievement Award to the Firelands Regional Medical Center Auxiliary. This group of outstanding women and men has advanced patient care at Firelands and its predecessor hospitals for six and a half decades. To say their support is unparalleled is an understatement. The Early Years From the very beginning, the Firelands Regional Medical Center Auxiliary has made their mission to fund patient care needs within the medical center. Nearly 65 years later, we celebrate the incredible impact this organization has had on the health of our community. In 1952, the Auxiliary began operating a small gi shop. A few years later, Linda Reichenbach became the unofficial gi shop manager and the official Auxiliary president. With a lighted jewelry cabinet donated by Bertsch Jewelers, Linda tells the story of using a pencil, paper and a calculator to sell jewelry, candies and sundry items to patients, their families and hospital employees in a very small area at the front of the hospital. Uncommon Growth & Support Since then, the Auxiliary has grown in both membership and scope, exponentially. Presently, the Auxiliary has 74 active members and has grown its membership at a time when auxiliaries in Ohio and across the country are losing members at best and at worst, are facing extinction. is Auxiliary and its leadership have tirelessly recruited new members from their circle of friends and family, including one woman who drives to Sandusky from Columbus one weekend a month to volunteer in the Gi Shops. Each month, the Auxiliary meets to coordinate their special sales and their fundraising initiatives and the board also provides educational enrichment opportunities to its members. e group meets for a luncheon that includes a speaker or presentation on a variety of health-related topics from medical procedures and ailments to holistic approaches to health and wellness. e dedication of all of the Firelands Auxiliary members has meant record donations back to the medical center and a greater impact than was ever imagined back in 1952. In just this year alone, the hard work of our Auxiliary members has made possible donations totaling more than $109,000. “e Firelands Regional Medical Center Auxiliary has always been dedicated to raising money to enhance patient care at Firelands,” comments Donna Kieffer, President of the Firelands Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, “We are honored to be this year’s recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes not only the efforts of our current board and members, but also the decades of committed women and men who have contributed to the philanthropy of the Auxiliary.” Meeting the Needs of our Patients and our Community e Auxiliary has increased its gi shop footprint from one to three shops throughout the health system. Each shop provides a unique retail experience and caters to the needs of our community. It may sound like a simple philosophy, to give back money made from the shops and special sales, but make no mistake; the board of the Auxiliary and its members make their funding decisions carefully and thoughtfully, always keeping the best interests of patients in mind. Almost everywhere you look within the health system, you will find evidence of this thoughtful giving. In fact, the Auxiliary has methodically doled out its funding throughout the years to be certain to help nearly every department of the medical center. “e funding that has been provided by the Auxiliary since its inception is inspiring,” says Dru Meredith, vice president of operations/marketing & strategic planning. “Our patients are able to receive the best care possible, locally, thanks to the generous support of our Auxiliary. We are truly grateful for all that these men and women provide for the patients at Firelands Regional Medical Center.”

{ 11 } FOUNDATION N E W S In the last decade, the women and men of the Auxiliary have been busy. Department directors within Firelands have an opportunity each year to submit requests for funding to the Auxiliary. e Auxiliary board members then discuss and select items they wish to fund based on the amount of money they have available to give back at that time. Since 2008, the Auxiliary has funded non-capital equipment needs for physical, occupational and speech therapy, pediatrics, digestive health, Firelands Heart Center, Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services in all of the service area counties, community outreach, education, pathology, laboratory services, inpatient psychiatry, dialysis, medical and surgical inpatient floors, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, inpatient rehabilitation, the Center for Breast Care, the emergency department, the outpatient Surgery Center, respiratory therapy, medical education, post-anesthesia care unit, surgery, and the Center for Women and Newborns. e items the Auxiliary has funded have kept Firelands on the cutting-edge of technology and have helped to make patient care safer and better for our community. e generosity of this extraordinary group of individuals has meant that the care team can always trust they will have the equipment and support they need to meet your healthcare needs. “is award means so much to the board and members of the Auxiliary,” says Kieffer, “We are proud of the ways we are able to help the care team and their patients at Firelands. It means so much to have the health system recognize the dedication of our group and the work we do every day to make our community healthier.” In addition, the Firelands Regional Medical Center Auxiliary made their largest gi ever with a pledge of $250,000 to the Center for Women and Newborns capital campaign. is extraordinary commitment provided funding, in part, to renovate the labor and delivery portion of the unit and thus, the Firelands Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Labor and Delivery Unit was born. From everyone within the Firelands Regional Health System, we thank the board and members of the Firelands Regional Medical Center Auxiliary for their outstanding commitment to the health of our community. Foundation for Firelands Fun Summertime Events Comedy Night Sunday, June 24 Plum Brook Country Club Tickets: $75 per person Visit Laughter is a great antidote for anyone! Enjoy an evening of laughter in support of patients served by Firelands Regional Medical. Our cause is no laughing matter, but that won’t stop our nationally-renowned comedians from bringing out their best material for you. Los Angeles-based comic Jason Lawhead is returning once again to kick off summer in hilarious style. Jason is a Lorain native who loves returning to the Northern Ohio area in support of patient care. He makes this event a family affair, bringing his parents along with him – after all, they’ve given him his funniest material to date! Best of all, he performs at Comedy Night in honor of his father, Jim Lawhead, who is a two-time cancer survivor. The Foundation for Firelands feels fortunate to bring this incredible talent to Sandusky for an evening you won’t want to miss… and you’ll never forget! The Foundation for Firelands Comedy Night includes as many laughs as you can handle, along with dinner, cash bar, silent auction, innovative raffle drawings and much more! Golfing in the “Caddyshack” Open Golf Outing on Monday, June 25? You already have a complimentary ticket to this year’s Comedy Night! See you there! “Caddyshack” Open Golf Outing Monday, June 25 Plum Brook Country Club 12 pm Shotgun Start Cost: $250 per player Visit or call 419-557-7150 to register “It’s in the hole!” The famous line from the movie “Caddyshack” inspires great vibes for everyone who hears it. You can be the person who conjours up those same positive vibes for cancer patients at Firelands Regional Medical Center by participating in this year’s “Caddyshack” Open Golf Outing. Foursomes are forming now for the can’t-miss scramble of the summer that takes a tip or two from the famed 80s movie Caddyshack. “Caddyshack”– themed attire encouraged! Golfer registration includes greens fees, a forecaddie, a golf cart, boxed lunch, drinks on the course, and appetizers after your round, and a ticket to Comedy Night the night before the outing.