NEWTON, Kan. — Each year, the Newton Medical Center Community Association provides generous support to NMC in the form of volunteer hours and funding for equipment.
This year is no exception, with the association donating nearly 11,000 volunteer hours to NMC during fiscal year 2011. In addition, the group has pledged $18,000 in fiscal year 2012 to help fund equipment that will enhance patients’ experiences everywhere from the maternity wing to outpatient infusion services.
“We cannot overstate how grateful we are for the tireless efforts of our Community Association volunteers,” said Steve Kelly, Newton Medical Center CEO. “Each time they answer a phone or knit a baby cap, we are reminded of how invaluable they are to our mission of providing our patients with personal, high quality care.”
Volunteers help staff the front desk, the surgery center, the in-hospital waiting room, the gift shop and the maternity wing. In addition, they knitted more than 300 baby caps and stitched more than 60 stuffed animals for pediatric patients in 2011.
Through their fundraising efforts, NMC will be able to purchase a dry-bath thawing chamber for the laboratory; a portable ventilator; temporal-artery thermometers for new mothers and their babies; four new wheelchairs; and other patient amenity items.
The Community Association has partnered with the Medical Center in ministry to its patients for many years. President Linda Tompkins currently leads the group.
Newton Medical Center is a comprehensive 103-bed hospital in Newton, Kan., offering full-service medical care in Harvey, Butler and northern Sedgwick counties. For more information about Newton Medical Center, please call 316-283-2700 or visit www.newtonmedicalcenter.com.