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HRMC Auxiliary installs officers

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 26th, 2012

Huron Regional Medical Center Auxiliary officers, Judy Tschetter, treasurer; Jackie Spillum, vice president; Marcella Larsen, president; and Jacki Butler, secretary, pose for a photo after their installation Sept. 17. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

HURON — The Huron Regional Medical Center Auxiliary installed new officers at the annual membership luncheon Sept. 17 at the Huron Towers Auditorium.

Alene Johnson of the nominating committee installed Marcella Larsen as president, Jackie Spillum as vice president, Jacki Butler as secretary and Judy Tschetter as treasurer. Larsen, Spillum and Butler were re-elected and Tschetter was elected for a first term. All terms are effective Jan. 1.

The purpose of the Auxiliary is to promote and advance the welfare of HRMC by rendering service to patients and assisting and contributing to charitable projects. As members of the Auxiliary, Pink Ladies volunteer daily, providing refreshments and assistance in hospital lounges, assisting visitors with hospital and patient information at the information desks, and delivering floral arrangements to patients. The Pink Ladies also manage and staff the newly-restocked hospital gift shops located in the main hospital and Central Tower lobbies.

During the luncheon, HRMC President and CEO John Single updated the group on physician recruitment, including Dr. Jesse VanHeukelom, a new pediatrician originally from Willow Lake, who is scheduled to arrive next summer. He also gave an update on the new 24,000-square-foot HRMC Clinic currently being constructed south of the hospital on the former St. Martin School site. The clinic, which will open in the spring, will house up to 10 HRMC specialists including physicians currently practicing with the HRMC Orthopaedic Clinic, HRMC Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic and the HRMC Surgical Clinic. Single also thanked the volunteers for their dedicated service.

Dr. Akash Taggarse, a board-certified internist and gerontologist with Tschetter and Hohm Clinic, spoke to the group about geriatrics and the difference in the approach to treating older patients compared to younger patients.

Larsen also updated the group on several projects and reported that the Auxiliary is in need of more volunteers. There are currently 122 members in the Auxiliary and 42 active volunteers. Each week, there is need for at least 31 volunteers to work four-hour shifts. In 2011, volunteers donated 6,877 hours to the hospital auxiliary volunteers achieving service milestones include: Deb Baarts, Jane Bryan, Harriet Fuerst, Melva Green, Pat Pomerico, Maggie Schrader, Ruth Thompson, Judy Tschetter and Deb Wenz, 100 hours; Shirley Magee and Selma Laabs, 500 hours; Renee Goldammer, 1,000 hours; Rose Husted, 2,000 hours; Laura Jones, 4,000 hours; and Marcella Larsen, 5,000 hours.

Each year, the Auxiliary contributes to various projects at the hospital including equipment, furnishings and nursing scholarships. Recipients of this year’s $750 scholarships were Miranda Regnier-Heydon and Sara Aranki, who are both nursing students in the Dakota Wesleyan University-Huron site program.

Auxiliary funds are raised through annual events, gift shop/candy counter sales and membership dues. For more information on HRMC’s Auxiliary or to volunteer, contact Larsen at 352-5510 or online at huronregional.org, click on the About Us tab.

For the complete article see the 09-25-2012 issue.

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