PITTSBURG — Mount Carmel Auxiliary volunteers raised over $55,000 for Via Christi Hospital Pittsburg through various fundraisers throughout the year.

During the group’s meeting on Friday, the group presented a certificate to Via Christi President Randy Cason.

“This is incredibly generous, and more importantly, they take time out of each and every day,” he said. “You cannot put a price on that.”
The hospital would be missing something special if the volunteers were not around, Cason said.

“It feels like it would pull the heart out of the hospital,” he said.

Cason said he appreciated the willingness the auxiliary had to support the projects of the hospital, big and small.

Auxiliary President Joan Hamilton also applauded the volunteer’s efforts — the time each spent on not only fundraising, but volunteering as a sympathetic ear for patients before surgery, filling envelopes, working in the gift shop and other small acts of kindness. Their willingness to help benefits the hospital and the patients, she said.

In conjunction with the Mount Carmel Foundation, the money from the auxiliary will help renovate the hospital’s emergency room, along with creating three additional fast track rooms.

The rooms will separate the trauma patients from the walk-in patients, allowing them to get in and out of the emergency room more quickly, Cason said.

Other projects and items include replacing beds for sleep diagnostics, adding an audiometer for Occupational Health, bariatric scales, a new EKG machine — which records the electrical signals in your heart — and various other items for the hospital.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.