Project funds approved by Auxiliary at GMC

CONTACT: Amanda O’Rourke: 570-214-9091
April 25, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DANVILLE, Pa. – The Auxiliary at Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) has approved more than $130,000 in funding toward projects throughout the hospital that will directly affect patient care and professional development.

Raising funds for GMC-based initiatives is one of the most important services the Auxiliary at GMC provides. The funds go toward requests for assistance by various departments when budgets may not be sufficient to fund the initiatives on their own.

Projects approved for funding in 2012 include:

  • Rainbows of Remembrance is an event that provides families an opportunity to remember and grieve over the loss of a baby; provides information and support in a caring and nurturing environment; informs and educates the public about pregnancy and infant loss; and provides support to the families, friends and staff who have cared for both the unborn and newborn babies that have died within GMC’s Childbirth Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
  • Mission Cataract is a free cataract surgery program for those without health insurance.
  • Behavioral health resource libraries will be placed in three physician offices to disseminate behavioral health information to parents regarding recommended therapeutic techniques such as time out, giving commands and swallowing pills. Educational videos will be available for families with limited reading ability.
  • ThinkFirst Central PA Chapter is meant to increase student knowledge as to the high incidence and permanent effects of brain and spinal cord injuries and to encourage behavioral changes to avoid such injuries.
  • Geisinger Research Internet Project will give Geisinger’s research staff the capability to transfer large files over the Internet at higher speeds than currently possible.
  • No One Dies Alone offers training to volunteers who sit with and comfort patients at the end of life.
  • Ronald McDonald House is a “home away from home” for families of hospitalized children. Funding will pay for repairs to the roof.
  • Patient-centered nephrology/palliative medicine collaboration seeks to improve quality of life and access to end-of-life care services to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients.
  • Nurses Improving the Care of Health Systems Elders (NICHE) seeks to reduce the incidence of delirium in patients 65 years of age and older, leading to a reduction in restraint use and falls. Further, the NICHE program plans to expand services, including puzzles, dolls, stuffed animals and music therapy and tactile simulation activities.
  • Camp Victory will pave a road for use of transportation of the campers who have mobility challenges.
  • Administrative Professionals’ Center for Continuing Education (APCCE) Program is organized and run by administrative professionals and provides mentoring opportunities and programs to focus on key participants’ growth. Biannually, managers will receive updates on their employees’ progress, and surveyed as to the positive changes of their support staff.
  • Danville Business Alliance’s Next Generation Campaign will provide private funding to the DBA toward the economic revitalization and betterment of downtown Danville thru 2016.

The Auxiliary raised approximately $207,000n 2011 through fund-raising efforts including the Lighting up Tomorrow Gala, Take Aim for Charity Trap Shoot, holiday craft sale, Abigail’s Attic and the Miracle Square Gift Shop.

For more information about the Auxiliary at GMC, contact Nikki Rump, donor events and volunteer management coordinator for Geisinger Health System Foundation, at 570-271-6257.

About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development and implementation of innovative care models including ProvenHealth Navigator, an advanced medical home model, and ProvenCare program. The system serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, visit  Geisinger. Follow the latest Geisinger news and more at Twitter and  Facebook.

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