Volunteers Provide Educational and Project Funding to Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center

The Volunteers of Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill gathered on January 26th to elect leaders, share some good company and goodwill.

Organized in 1966 the Volunteers serve and support the mission of Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center and provide a wide variety of services to the hospital and its patients.

The Volunteers re-elected Kathy Steckel and Ramona Hornischer as co-presidents, Leota Davis as treasurer and LeeAnn Lindquist as the group’s secretary.

The Volunteers presented Ministry Good Samaritan President Kris McGarigle with a check for $4,100 which will be used to purchase five new wheelchairs, a Wii for the inpatient unit, and new artwork for the Outpatient Surgery Center. A portion of the funds will be also used to help fund the Good Sam Clothes Closet for patients who need clothing at the time of discharge and the Compassionate Care Fund which provides necessary items like medication and help with transportation to patients in need. The funds were raised through a variety of fundraisers including the annual Holly Bazaar as well as several book fairs and other events.

In addition, the group awarded its annual educational scholarships to Registered Nurses Debbie Weix and Cheryl Gross to attend an Oncology Conference highlighting new treatments in cancer care. These scholarships are funded by the proceeds of the Volunteer Gift Shop, located inside of the main entrance to Ministry Good Samaritan.

“Our volunteers are so important to what we do every day at Ministry Good Samaritan,” said McGarigle. They support our staff, and touch the lives of our patients and families in so many ways. Their donation to the hospital is all the more touching because the items we purchase will remind us every day of the role our volunteers play and how dedicated they are to Ministry Good Samaritan.”

The 51 volunteers in attendance at the winter luncheon also collected more than 130 pounds of food for the Merrill Food Pantry.

For more information on volunteer opportunities at Good Samaritan Health Center, contact Hornischer at 715.539.3720.

Debbie Weix, R.N., GSHC Volunteer Kay Slewitzke and Cheryl Gross, R.N.
Debbie Weix, R.N., GSHC Volunteer Kay Slewitzke and Cheryl Gross, R.N.

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