Maui Auxiliary Gifts New Wheelchairs to Hospital

May 17, 2011, 4:06 PM HST
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By Wendy Osher

TOP ROW L to R: Patrick Saka, MMMC Chief Operating Officer; Wesley Lo, MMMC Chief Executive Officer and Joanne Iritani, MMMC Chief Nurse Executive help test out the new wheel chairs with auxiliary members L to R: Beverly Peck, Amy Hanlon and Patricia “Patti” Demain. Courtesy Photo.

The Maui Memorial Medical Center is the recipient of 15 new wheelchairs, allowing the hospital to better transport patients throughout the facility.

“We concentrate on equipment that will benefit patient care,” said Patricia Demain, MMMC Auxiliary President.  “We found out that many of our wheelchairs had fulfilled their life-span, and needed replacing,” said Demain.

With the recent purchase, each unit in the hospital will have at least two wheelchairs, making it easier to transport patients for x-rays, oncology visits, or for discharge from the facility.

The gift from the Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC) Auxiliary was made possible through funds raised throughout the year.  Funds for the purchase of hospital equipment and scholarship awards are raised through proceeds from sales at the hospital gift shop, and through the Auxiliary’s annual Harvest Sale held in November.

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“Our big effort is the Harvest Sale, which includes a silent auction, baked goods and our kitchen staff’s famous chili. Many of the employees donate baked goods and silent auction items, then turn around and buy them. We so appreciate all of their support,” said Demain.

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