Oneida: Wishes granted at Oneida Healthcare Center

The Oneida Healthcare Center Auxiliary recently granted nearly $27,000 worth of "wishes" to departments of the hospital and Extended Care Facility.

"Each year we invite the departments to submit 'wish lists' for equipment and projects that aren't included in their regular budgets," said Beth Kelly, chair of the auxiliary's Wish List Committee. "We generally target purchases that will directly impact patient and resident care or address the needs of families and visitors."

Among the approved requests for the hospital were several reclining chairs for use in selected patient care and clinical testing areas, a San-n-Go bar code system for Materials Management, plus nine Sure Temp thermometers and new scales for the Emergency Department, as well as a fetal Doppler monitor for the Lullaby Center and waiting room chairs for Chittenango Family Care.

The auxiliary also approved several requests for the ECF.

Some of the bigger ticket items were two air therapy mattresses for pressure sore care and eight floor mats, which enhance residents' safety and confidence when walking.

Kelly said that the ECF staff is particularly excited about the funding for a "Snoezelen" pronounced snoozlin," sensory therapy room, which can relax and stimulate some residents with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia through stimulation of the primary senses. The room will also serve as a chapel for residents and families.

Auxiliary President Barbara Chamberlain said that the amount the auxiliary has to donate each year directly reflects the success of their fundraising efforts, most notably, the annual sales generated by the hospital and ECF gift shops. The shops are located in the hospital lobby and on the first floor of the Extended Care Facility.

Chamberlain said that the wish list purchases are also supported by the auxiliary's annual fashion show.

'Spring Fling' fund-raiser set for March 25

It's back by popular demand. The Oneida Healthcare Auxiliary is once again gearing up to present all the latest fashions with its Spring Fling preview. At noon, Sunday, March 25, models will saunter their way down the runway at the Kallet Civic Center dressed in styles from Talbots of New Hartford. Jewelry and accessories that were purchased in New York City at the International Gift Show, which also can be purchased at the hospital gift shop, will complete the models outfits.

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