SHOPKO DONATES TO IMPACT THE CURE FUND
Shopko Hometown of Abilene recently presented a check for $350 to the Memorial Health Foundation for Impact the Cure. Pumpkins were decorated by store employees and put on display in the store. Customers voted for their favorite pumpkin with a monetary donation. Sue Michaelis (pictured far left), wife of Shopko Hometown manager Chad Michaelis (second from left), has had a few friends with breast cancer and wanted to do something for the community, and came up with the idea for the pumpkin decorating. Proceeds raised by Impact the Cure fund local breast health initiatives by providing free mammograms and other related services to uninsured residents in Dickinson County. Digital mammography services are provided by Memorial Hospital’s Radiology and Imaging Services Department. Also shown is Jim Barten (second from right), Memorial Hospital Radiology and Imaging Services Director and Jennifer Elliott, Memorial Health Foundation Director (far right).
VOLUNTEER CORPS DONATES TO TRANSPORTATION FUND
The Memorial Health System Volunteer Corps (MHSVC) recently donated $250 to the Memorial Health Foundation. The donation is designated for the Abilene Public Transportation Fund, a fund that provides public transportation rides to and from Memorial Hospital and Heartland Health Care Clinic appointments. Shown (from left) are Michelle McClanahan, MHS Director of Volunteer Services; Jennifer Elliott, Memorial Health Foundation Director; and Joe Sanfilippo, MHSVC treasurer.
FOUNDATION DIRECTOR SPEAKS AT HEALTHWISE 55 LUNCHEON
Jennifer Elliott (standing), Memorial Health Foundation Director, was the guest speaker at the Healthwise 55 luncheon held recently at Memorial Hospital. Jennifer spoke about the Foundation’s support of Memorial Health System (MHS). Healthwise 55 is a luncheon and health information program hosted by the MHS Volunteer Corps. It is open to the public for individuals ages 55 and older. It includes a presentation by a health care professional and a meal at nominal cost.
VOLUNTEER CORPS DONATES TO FOUNDATION FOR GARDEN CARE
The Memorial Health System Volunteer Corps recently donated $500 to the Memorial Health Foundation for care and maintenance of the therapy garden at Village Manor. The garden is a place for residents to enjoy time outdoors and it is also used for other activities.
Shown at Village Manor (from left standing) are Michelle McClanahan, MHS Director of Volunteer Services; Virginia Fry, MHS Volunteer Corps member; Jennifer Elliott, Memorial Health Foundation Director; Village Manor residents Lyman Hill, Jill Royer, and Ralph Dillon; and Cathi Smith, Village Manor Activities Director. Sitting is Village Manor resident Neva Heck.
VOLUNTEER CORPS DONATES TO TRANSPORTATION FUND
The Memorial Health System Volunteer Corps recently donated $500 to the Memorial Health Foundation. The donation is designated for the Abilene Public Transportation Fund, a fund that provides public transportation rides to and from Memorial Hospital and Heartland Health Care Clinic appointments. Shown (from left) are Michelle McClanahan, MHS Director of Volunteer Services; Joe Sanfilippo, MHSVC treasurer; and Jennifer Elliott, Memorial Health Foundation Director.
D.A.R. ON DISPLAY IN HOSPITAL LOBBY
(From left) Jennifer Elliott , Memorial Health Foundation Director, and April Barker, Abilene DAR Regent, are shown beside the display case of DAR history and memorabilia that is in the Memorial Hospital lobby.
Memorial Hospital and the Abilene chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution have a long and strong history together. In the beginning of Abilene’s DAR chapter, it and its members were supporters and contributors to the building of the hospital that opened in 1922.
This year the local DAR chapter is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and in support of this, the Memorial Health Foundation has set up a display for public view in the Memorial Hospital lobby. In the display case is the original charter, the chapter’s gavel made from wood from the White House, and other bits of information telling how the chapter has supported the preservation of Abilene history.
The DAR display was unveiled during the recent Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours hosted by Memorial Health Foundation.
JUNIOR LEAGUE DONATES TO MEMORIAL HEALTH FOUNDATION SAFE SLEEP FUND
The Memorial Health Foundation received a monetary donation for its Safe Sleep Fund from the Junior League of Abilene. Shown from left: Cheryl Miller, Junior League Hospital Committee Chairperson; Heather Adams, Junior League President; Jennifer Elliott, Memorial Health Foundation Director; and Jamie Stroda, Junior League Treasurer.
Memorial Health Foundation is committed to making babies in our community as safe as possible in their sleep environment. With that goal, Memorial Health Foundation has established a Safe Sleep Fund to provide Pack-n-Play portable cribs to qualifying families that deliver at Memorial Hospital Birthing Center and is accepting donations for this project. Junior League of Abilene made a donation to the Pack-n-Play project as part of its mission to assist Dickinson County families in need.
Junior League funds its outreach projects by holding fundraisers. Its next fundraiser is the annual Chicken Salad Luncheon on April 5. Dine-in or carry-out tickets must be pre-purchased and will go on sale February 29. The luncheon will be held at St. Andrew’s Parish Hall. To purchase a ticket, call Sabrina at 263-1423.
MH FOUNDATION HOLDING iPOD DRIVE TO SUPPORT MUSIC & MEMORY PROGRAM
Village Manor resident Lyman Hill enjoys listening to an iPod furnished by Village Manor’s Music and Memory Program. Jennifer Elliott, Memorial Health Foundation Director, is spearheading a drive to collect used iPods to be used in the program.
Do you have a gently used iPod that you no longer use? Memorial Health Foundation is accepting donations of used and new iPods with charging cords to be used in the Music and Memory programs at both Village Manor and the Memorial Hospital R.O.S.E. Unit.
The Music and Memory program provides residents and patients an iPod with a personalized playlist of their favorites. Studies have shown that listening to familiar and beloved music improves mood, decreases stress and agitation, and helps boost cognitive skills, especially for those suffering from the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
There are four donation boxes conveniently located in Abilene. The donation boxes can be found at Abilene High School, UMB Bank lobby, Memorial Hospital lobby, and Village Manor. Donations of iTunes cards will also be greatly appreciated as will headphones, but only new headphones can be accepted.
Funding for the Music and Memory program was originally provided by a Community Health Investment grant from Salina Regional Health Foundation, the Frank W. and Gwendolyn Jordan Endowment Fund, and Memorial Health Foundation. Donations are being accepted to help the program continue.
If you have any questions or would like to donate to the Music and Memory program, please contact Jennifer Elliott, Memorial Health Foundation, 785-263-6688, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5K RUN BENEFITS MAMMOGRAPHY PATIENTS UNABLE TO STAND
Memorial Hospital Mammography Services has added a mammography chair that benefits patients who are unable to stand during a mammogram. Shown with the chair are (from left) Jennifer Elliott, Memorial Health Foundation Director, and Rhonda Schmid, Memorial Hospital Mammography Technologist.
Impact the Cure, an annual 5K run and 2 mile Fun Walk, raises funds that benefit mammography services at Memorial Hospital. The recent purchase of a mammography chair with Impact the Cure funds will benefit mammography patients who are unable to stand during a mammogram.
Memorial Hospital’s Mammography Technologists requested the purchase of an adjustable mammography chair because of the number of patients they were seeing who had difficulty standing. During a mammogram, the arms of the mammography chair can be removed, the back of the chair can recline, and the height of the chair will adjust as needed.
“This chair enables us to get better views during the exam and is easier and more comfortable for the patient. This will help many patients.” commented Rhonda Schmid, Memorial Hospital Mammography Technologist.
Memorial Health Foundation Director Jennifer Elliott expressed thanks to those in the community who support the Impact the Cure fundraiser which made the purchase of the chair possible.