It was Christmas all over again Monday when the Mt. Carmel Auxiliary presented Jonathan Davis, Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center president/CEO, with a check for $66,000.

It was Christmas all over again Monday when the Mt. Carmel Auxiliary presented Jonathan Davis, Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center president/CEO, with a check for $66,000.
“I’ll walk around with this all day,” Davis said. “This means a lot to me — and a lot more to our patients who will benefit from it.”
The money, collected through auxiliary gift shop and snack bar earnings, along with other fundraising events, will be used to purchase equipment for the medical center.
Ruth Minelli, auxiliary president, said that the hospital gives the auxiliary a “wish list” every year.
“Our normal procedure is to go through and decide which items we want to purchase,” Minelli said. “This year, we did something unusual, awesome and exciting. We decided to purchase everything on the wish list.”
The items cost a combined total of $65,245, she said, but the auxiliary check is for $66,000.
“The extra money is not a tip,” Minelli said to Davis.
Equipment to be purchased with the gift will be a vital signs monitor for Surgical/Pediatrics; a vital signs monitor for Adult Care; an ice and water dispenser for Medical Oncology; an ENT chair for Radiation Oncology; fetal stress monitor for the Center for Women’s Health; MRI compatible EKG unit for Diagnostic Imaging; an infant light and apnea monitor, both for Durable Medical Equipment; wide swath vacuum for Environmental Services; Echo Pro Echo table for the Mt. Carmel Heart Center; vertical window blinds for the laboratory; a reach-in cooler for Nutritional Services; cold compression unit for Occupational Therapy; Neo-Puff for Respiratory Therapy; bariatric recliner for Sleep Therapy; vascular interoperative Doppler for Surgery; electronic infant scale for Women’s Services; decontamination cooling unit for Sterile Processing; hydrocollator cooler for Physical therapy; and a Doppler probe for Surgery Recovery.
In addition to the money, auxiliary members, often called Pink Ladies, donated a total of 27,606 volunteer hours to the medical center last year.
“In economic conditions as they are today, we appreciate you even more,” Davis said. “We’re so happy to see your smiling faces around the halls every day.”
Sister Pat Nicholson, CSJ, vice president of mission services, also thanked the Pink Ladies for their devoted service to Mt. Carmel.
“It is when we give of ourselves that we truly give,” she said.
Mt. Carmel Auxiliary was founded in 1959, and is beginning its 50th anniversary year. Officers elected for the year are: Ruth Minelli, president; JoAnn Hollenbeck, vice president; Margaret Bryan, secretary; and Bobbi Oehme, treasurer.
Connie Kline, outgoing treasurer, and Lois Lemon, outgoing secretary, were recognized for their service.
Volunteer service awards were presented as follows: Irene Arnold, Joan Black, Margaret Bryan, Barbara Callow, Ann Casino, Elizabeth Engle, Barbara Esposito, Connie Gangwer, Virginia Lollar, Judy Malle, Wanda Porter and Barbara Tustin, 500 hours; Peggy Bennett, Carolyn Buche, Betty Grisham, Carolyn Marquez, Mary Marshall, Betty Osborne and Linda Richardson, 1,000 hours; Joan Hamilton, Lois Lemon and June Vanderpool, 1,500 hours; Ella Gobetz, 2,000 hours; Joyce Cumiskey and Linda VanLuyck, 3,000 hours; Virginia Bozich, 4,000 hours; Neva Noel, 4,500 hours; Irene Wilbert, 5,000 hours; Sally Hart, Hilma Hoffman and Kay Pile, 6,000 hours; Sharon Barone and Deane Carson, 6,500 hours; Janet Barton and JoAnn Hollenbeck, 7,000 hours; Julie Bartelli, 8,500 hours; Maxine Mussa, 9,000 hours; Martha Latty, 10,500 hours; Therese Yoakam, 14,000 hours; and Joann Wattelet, 17,500 hours.