The Graham Regional Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary has been hard at work helping GRMC become a better facility.

The auxiliary brings in revenue to help purchase equipment while promoting community involvement with Graham Regional Medical Center. These funds are collected through purchases made by customers and hospital employees at the GRMC gift shop and annual Chalupa Luncheon in October.

Recently, the GRMC Auxiliary board voted to purchase $13,233.56 worth of equipment for GRMC’s operating room, medical and surgery department and pharmacy. 

“Most of it comes from the gift shop, and it all goes back to the hospital,” said Oletta Elkins, a 30-year auxiliary member. “When the gift shop first started I was one of the first ones to volunteer. It’s necessary equipment.”

Essentially, GRMC department heads create a “wish list” of items, and, in turn, the auxiliary tries to raise enough money to buy as many of those items as possible.

“It’s not that the hospital can’t buy all of that stuff, but it would put a burden on them, so we try to,” Elkins said. “They need everything (on the wish list). They’ve asked for some items over the years several times. If we’ve got the money, we buy it for them.”

So far, these funds were used to purchase Mayo stands (rolling trays) for the operating room and small and large refrigerators for the medical/surgical department. 

“They’re awesome,” said RN Trina West. “They work well and make it easier to perform surgeries.”

RN Karen Devenport said that the group’s efforts have made her job easier.

“They’re twice the size, and the larger stands help the OR staff more effectively while performing surgeries,” Devenport said.

Remaining funds will go toward a warming cabinet for blankets and fluids, an exergen temporal thermometer, four bedside tables, a spot-vital-signs LXi machine, a fluid warmer for the ER and a refrigerator for the pharmacy.

Read more in Wednesday's Graham Leader.