The Auxiliary of Brooks Memorial Hospital recently presented the hospital with a donation of $32,000. Accepting the check for Brooks was Jonathan Lawrence, president and CEO of the Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York, of which Brooks Memorial Hospital is a member. This significant donation, which represents the proceeds from the Auxiliary's 2011-2012 fundraising efforts, will be used to purchase equipment for seven different departments within the hospital. Included are a Bovie electrosurgical unit, CO2 monitor, vital signs machines, barcode kits for EKG carts and more.
The Auxiliary of Brooks Memorial Hospital is a volunteer organization whose primary purpose is to assist the hospital by providing funding for equipment and patient comfort programs. Funds donated by the Auxiliary are raised through book, toy, gifts and jewelry sales held in the hospital lobby throughout the year, the ongoing membership drive, the Election Day spaghetti dinner, the Tree of Lights Remembrance Project and the annual dinner dance/auction held in June. In addition the Auxiliary's Ready for School Campaign benefits area schools and students. Upcoming sales being held in the hospital lobby from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. are Park Lane Jewelry (quality fashion jewelry) on Feb. 8; Books Are Fun on March 25 and 26; and D & D Jewelry Design (14K gold jewelry) on April 23 and 24.
The Auxiliary continues to sponsor its Lunch and Learn Programs, with the most recent one being held on Jan. 23. The guest speaker was Jennifer Foley, DDS, general dentistry, private practice. Her topic was oral health and systemic diseases. The next luncheon will be at noon on Wednesday, April 24 at Shorewood Country Club. The guest speaker will be Caroline Spoth, director of cardio pulmonary services, Brooks Memorial Hospital. She will give an update on cardio pulmonary issues. The Lunch and Learn programs last about an hour and are open to the public. Look for announcements of these programs in the OBSERVER Community Calendar. There is a cost and reservations are required.
Brooks Hospital Auxiliary members in the check presentation included, from left: Alona Forbes, Shirley Scott, Diane Andrasik, LERHSNY CEO Jonathan Lawrence, Kathy Kolodziej, Auxiliary Treasurer Joanna Banach and Maria Orosz.
The Auxiliary of Brooks Memorial Hospital is always looking for new members. If interested in joining this worthwhile community organization, contact membership chair Joanna at 366-2973. Donations to The Auxiliary Memorial Fund may be made at any time. Make checks payable to The Auxiliary of Brooks Memorial Hospital Memorial Fund and mail them to The Auxiliary of Brooks Memorial Hospital, 529 Central Ave., Dunkirk N.Y. 14048.