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Auxiliary donation helps patients breathe easier
March 9, 2012
Madison County Hospital has a new piece of cardiopulmonary equipment thanks to a donation from the MCH Auxiliary.
"Thanks to the hard work and generosity of our Auxiliary, we are able to offer our patients an advanced machine to help them breathe," said Nadene Schlosser, Director of Cardiopulmonary Services.
The new piece of equipment is a BiPAP machine. BiPAP stands for bilevel positive airway pressure. It is machine that helps patients who have breathing difficulties get more air into their lungs.
BiPAP machines helps patients by providing air that is delivered through a mask. The machine can be set at one pressure for inhaling and another for exhaling. The dual setting is easier on patients and also allows people who use the device to get more air in and out of the lungs.
"The Auxiliary votes on the project they want to fund. Everyone gets a say," said Anne Carter, President of the Auxiliary. "We like to focus on items that are an urgent need for the hospital and have a direct impact on helping patients."
The MCH Auxiliary has been supporting the hospital since 1961, a year before the hospital even opened. Each year the Auxiliary supports the hospital through fundraising efforts such as their annual Bake-Nic and Lights of Love celebration. Edie's Place, the hospital gift shop, is also a project of the Auxiliary. Gift Shop profits are maximized by the use of an all-volunteer staff and management.