For more than 62 years, the Waupun Memorial Hospital (WMH) Auxiliary has been there to help the hospital meet the ongoing needs of its patients and families.
Two recent projects demonstrate the Auxiliary’s responsiveness to requested needs, as well as looking forward to other identified projects and programs.
Women receiving chemotherapy at WMH often get chilled during treatments. To help keep them warm while at WMH, the hospital’s breast health coordinator reached out to the Auxiliary to help craft comfort wraps.
The WMH Auxiliary embraced the project and since April 2012 has been providing knitted or crocheted comfort wraps. They have received some support from the women’s group at Union Congregation Church.
“When we first received the request, we immediately reached out to our members,” says Justine Port, WMH Auxiliary president. “We brought samples and the work began. This project really exemplifies the Auxiliary’s mission. We knew these comfort wraps would offer our cancer patients a better experience and it helps provide great enrichment for our members.”
The 20 x 80 comfort wraps are given to women as they begin treatment, and they keep them as a gift when treatments are concluded.
In addition, the WMH Auxiliary has been providing eye masks for Emergency Department patients with light sensitivity or extreme headaches.
Auxiliary members have been crafting these masks for more than five years. The Auxiliary’s efforts have helped patients experience a more comfortable stay in the Emergency Department and saved the hospital costs to purchase these from an outside vendor.
New members are always welcome to the WMH Auxiliary, which meets four times a year, and participates in various hospital supported projects, and fund- raisers.
Photo caption: Waupun Memorial Hospital (WMH) Auxiliary members and others have been making comfort wraps for women undergoing cancer treatment at the hospital. Patti Domask (right), WMH breast health coordinator, accepts the comfort wraps from Mary Ehlert (left), WMH Auxiliary, and Winnie Smith, Union Congregation Church (center).