The University Hospitals St. John Medical Center Auxiliary recently presented eligible Patient Care Nurse Assistants and Division Secretaries with the gift of a new uniform.
The project was one of many the Auxiliary conducts year-round in efforts to support the good works of UH St. John Medical Center. In fact, Auxiliary projects amounted to over $38,000 in 2017!
The story behind the uniform distribution started in the fall of 2017 when the Auxiliary sent letters to hospital managers asking if there were any projects that the Auxiliary could support with end -of-year donations.
Shelly Loop, Nurse Manager, 3North/Medical/surgical/Telemetry, advised that University Hospitals would be mandating a new uniform dress code in 2018, and she submitted a request for some financial assistance toward these new uniforms for the PCA’s. The Auxiliary Board reviewed Shelly’s request, and decided to purchase one uniform for each eligible employee.
A team of nursing personnel consisting of Jodi Burdon, Shelly Loop, Claire Ruic and Margaret Shiels met with Regis Sobinsky, sales representative of Promotional Solutions, to view and select the styles that would be available to UH SJMC employees. The Auxiliary offered two days in February for employees to stop in the main lobby to select the style and sizes they wished to order. The new uniforms gifted by the Auxiliary are a dark gray (pewter), and the tops have the University Hospitals logo embroidered on them.
The Auxiliary distributed the uniforms two weeks ago.
“The Auxiliary thanks this group of employees for their hard work and dedication to UH SJMC! Keep up the good work,” said Auxiliary President Joyce Holod.
The presentation is just one of the major projects supported by the Auxiliary during the year.
The Auxiliary operates the Hospital Gift Shop and also hosts vendor sales regularly to support its work.
“We have vendor sales in the lobby throughout the year such as Mary Kay Cosmetics, Tupperware, Scentsy, Dillard’s, jewelry sales, a uniform sale, bath & body, clothing vendors, and our famous bake sales at the holidays,” reports Holod. “We have candy , cupcakes and treats for Valentine’s Day; butter rings, nut & poppy seed rolls, strudels, Easter chocolate pops and cookie treat bags at Easter; pumpkin rolls and Mama Jo pies at Thanksgiving, and butter rings and pastries at Christmas.”
These projects add up to making a major difference in the work the hospital does in delivering community health care. Here is where last year’s donations went:
- COMMUNITY OUTREACH – Misc. Projects for Community Outreach $15,000,
- CARDIC TREADMILL – $4,865.99,
- PCA UNIFORM FUNDING – $4,800.
- SPEECH & AUDIOLOGY – VitalStim Therapy System $3,500,
- EMERGENCY DRUG FUND/OPIATE EDUCATION – Emergency RX Fund $2,000,
- OPIATE ED & NALOXONE KITS – $2,000,
- CARDIOVASCULAR SERVICES – Scale with Handrails for Cath Lab $1,576.84
- ALDI GIFT CARDS (48) $25.00 Aldi’s Gift Cards to Sr. Kendra for Ministry & Mission $1,200,
- MAMMOGRAPHY – Tote bags (500) $800,
- RESPIRATORY THERAPY – T-shirts for the American Lung Walk $500,
- RAINBOW AND CHILDREN’S – Supporting needs of children with autism $500,
- GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION – Sofa & bulletin board in lounge $500,
- RADIOLOGY – Gift Cards for music player/cd’s for waiting room $225,
- RAINBOW AND CHILDREN’S – Gift Card/$150 Target & $50 Terrace Cafe $200,
- SCANNER for 3 South (to be presented), scanner & vein finders $900.