Hawaii Pacific Health Donor Reports Spring 2016 - Page 11

Wilcox Auxiliary For more than 62 years, the Wilcox Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has played an integral role in the operation of the hospital. Proceeds from the gift and thrift shops have made an immeasurable contribution to the Kaua‘i community by helping to fund greatly needed specialty medical equipment and other vital items for patients. At the Wilcox Health Foundation Gala held on October 24, 2015, Auxiliary volunteers presented Wilcox Memorial Hospital its largest gift ever – $308,287.46 – bringing the Auxiliary’s cumulative donation to more than $3.5 million. The funds were used to purchase a state-of-the-art digital breast tomosynthesis, a threedimensional mammography unit that allows radiologists a more complete picture of breast tissue. The improved visualization helps to better identify lesions and masses and reduces the need for patient callbacks for additional images. Reaching this major milestone wouldn’t be possible without the assistance of the volunteers. “One of the most gratifying parts about being a volunteer at Wilcox Hospital is the feeling of giving back to the community,” said Marty Ellis, the longest standing volunteer at 43 years. “It is gratifying to see how our efforts have made such a positive contribution to the people of Kaua‘i,” said Gail Weir, who has been volunteering with the Auxiliary since 1990. To commemorate their gift, Wilcox Memorial Hospital CEO Jen Chahanovich presented members of the Auxiliary a Hawaiian paddle that is showcased in the Wilcox main lobby. “We’re grateful to the many volunteers for their commitment and service to the Kaua‘i community. Each gift will continue to provide lifesaving detection to our community for many years to come,” said Chahanovich. “It is gratifying to see how our efforts have made such a positive contribution to the people of Kaua‘i.” 9