Howard Young Foundation, Inc. Receives $50,000 from Hospital Volunteers

(EAGLE RIVER, WI) – The Partners – Auxiliary, Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital, through its fundraising efforts, donated $50,000 to the Howard Young Foundation Special Gift Initiative on Tuesday, June 17. The donation will benefit health and wellness related services at Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital (MERMH).

The Partners - Auxiliary raises money throughout the year through sales at the Hospital Gift Shop inside MERMH, and the Auxiliary Thrift Shop, located at 209 East Pine Street in Eagle River.

“It’s very gratifying to know our efforts will assist in upgrading medical equipment at Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital,” said Partners Co- President Diana Sell. “Volunteers provided over 20,000 hours of service in 2013, and we feel that we are making a positive impact on healthcare in our community.”

“The dedication of the Partners – Auxiliary to raise money for Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital is a true testament to their desire to improve the health and wellness of the community,” said Howard Young Foundation President Mike Gibbons. “Thanks to our generous donors, the Howard Young Foundation is able to continue to support the needs of Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital by purchasing state-of-the-art equipment that enables patients to receive testing, and services, right here in the Northwoods.”

Generous gifts from donors and the Partners – Auxiliary made it possible for the Foundation to purchase two LUCAS™2 chest compression systems. The LUCAS™2 chest compression system is an automatic CPR device that enhances blood flow and helps provide a steady supply of oxygen to the heart and brain while a person is in cardiac arrest. This device removes the need for emergency medical technicians (EMTs), nurses or providers to perform manual chest compressions during CPR, which can be both difficult and tiring. Gifts from donors and the Partners led to the Foundation purchasing a Therapeutic Hyperthermia machine for MERMH. Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital joined the Mayo Clinic and many other hospitals around the nation, including Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, in being able to offer this state-of-the-art, lifesaving, medical technology to patients who have suffered cardiac arrest. In recent years Auxiliary donations were used to purchase a state-of-the-art ambulance, and also the latest critical care technology LIFENET®. With the push of a button, LIFENET® allows EMTs to transmit a heart attack patient’s electrocardiogram (EKG) directly to Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department.


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