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Auxiliary at GMC Approves 2013 Project Funds

CONTACT: Amber Wickard 570-214-4860
May 3, 2013

DANVILLE, Pa. – The Auxiliary at Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) approved more than $375,000 in funding toward projects that will improve patient care and further professional development at GMC and revitalize the Danville community. This is the largest amount of funding approved since the inception of the Auxiliary more than 45 years ago.

Raising funds for GMC-based initiatives is one of the most important functions of the Auxiliary. The funds are used to accommodate requests for assistance by various departments when budgets may not be sufficient to fund the initiatives on their own.

Projects approved for funding in 2013 include:

  • Research study on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to contribute to the prevention and successful treatment of PTSD in veterans.
  • Preventative pediatric dental care for underserved children in central and northeastern Pa.
  • Research study on home-based exercise programs for women recovering from breast cancer designed to help them regain strength and mobility.
  • Cardiology research study on heart failure and the Six-Minute Walk Test to contribute to a reduction in heart failure hospital readmissions.
  • Mission Cataract, a free cataract surgery program for those without health insurance.
  • The purchase of an EKG machine for the Interventional Pain Center on Woodbine Lane.
  • Forensic interviews for sexually abused children at no cost to the family through the Child Advocacy Center.
  • The purchase of a LUCAS Chest Compression System, a medical device used for patients who experience cardiac arrest during cardiac catheterization.
  • Camp Victory to pave roads at the facility and provide wireless network technology.
  • Critical Care Symposium Lecture Fund in honor of Dr. Joseph Lorenzo Smith.
  • Cancer research study on immuno-staining breast carcinoma to enable pathologists to more accurately diagnose tumors.
  • The purchase of new exam tables for general surgery to assist elderly, frail, handicapped and obese patients.
  • The purchase of a pulmonary bronchoscopy stimulator module to train fellows and advanced practice critical care providers.
  • Compassionate Friends, a monthly support group for grieving parents.
  • Telemedicine for high-risk pregnancies to increase access to GMC-based specialized services through audio and visual telecommunication between patients and physicians.
  • Research study on digital mammographic density to assess risk of breast cancer through new software.
  • New security devices for the Ronald McDonald House to improve the safety of the facility for guests, volunteers and staff.
  • Danville Business Alliance Next Generation Campaign to provide funding toward the economic revitalization and betterment of downtown Danville.

The Auxiliary at GMC offers anyone the opportunity to make new friends and network, while helping to raise funds to advance health related social and medical projects. Last year, the Auxiliary raised more than $150,000 through six fundraising events including the Lighting up Tomorrow Gala and the Take Aim for Charity Trap Shoot.

For more information about the Auxiliary at GMC or to join, call 271.6230.














Members of the Auxiliary at Geisinger Medical Center present a check for $376,494.54 to fund projects at GMC
(From L to R): Gloria Gerrity, vice president of the Geisinger pediatrics service line; Pam Franklin, Auxiliary
president; Kathy Gerow, Auxiliary president-elect; and Fran Bitterly, Auxiliary board member and past president.

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