Although it's not quite the holiday season yet, the auxiliary groups at Emory University Hospital and Emory Crawford Long Hospital recently presented large gifts to each facility.
The Emory University Hospital auxiliary presented a check for $60,000 to Chief Operating Officer Robert Bachman for the renovation of the hospital's same day surgery waiting room. The enhancements included the renovation and addition of new furniture to the area, as well as the installation of a new 200-gallon aquarium.
"We wanted to ensure that our valued patients and their guests who will spend a good part of a day in our surgical waiting room have a comfortable, bright and inviting environment," says Bachman. "Through the hard work and generosity of the Emory Hospital auxiliary, this room is now complete and those patients and visitors who trust Emory University Hospital for surgical care will have access to a beautiful facility."
The Emory Crawford Long Hospital Auxiliary also recently presented a check for $135,000 to Albert K. Blackwelder, Emory Crawford Long Hospital chief operating officer, and Dr. Costas Hadjipanayis, assistant professor of neurosurgery, Emory School of Medicine. The donation will be used to purchase new cranial neurosurgery equipment at the Emory Midtown campus.
"This gift represents incredible dedication to Emory Crawford Long and the patients we serve each day," says Blackwelder, who also serves as COO of Wesley Woods Center. "The auxiliary at our hospital works day in and day out with little recognition, but the people who make up this small army of volunteers are absolutely invaluable to us. Many patients will benefit from the equipment purchased with this gift, not to mention many other services, programs and equipment that have been made possible by our auxiliary."
For more than 50 years, the auxiliary has been an important part of Emory Crawford Long and Emory University Hospitals. Auxiliary members have donated thousands of hours of their time, talent and resources, and have raised millions of dollars to ensure the hospitals continue to offer the most caring and physically appealing environment. These dedicated volunteers raise funds primarily through hospital gift shops, but they can also be found in many other areas of each hospital, including intensive care units, same-day surgical waiting areas, and working on special projects -- such as community health screenings.