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Each year, King’s Daughters Volunteer Auxiliary provides thousands of dollars in funding to support KDMC community programs and health initiatives that benefit underserved individuals and families throughout the region.

King’s Daughters Auxiliary recently announced community projects that will receive $177,780 in funding for fiscal year 2014, including: 

  • $50,000 for KDMC’s Mobile Health Unit and mobile health initiatives (the final installment of Auxiliary’s $150,000 pledge)
  • $27,000 for the medical center’s Newborn Car Seat Safety Program
  • $25,000 for King’s Daughters Emergency Medication Fund that helps provide prescriptions to eligible patients being discharged from the hospital who do not have insurance and do not qualify for government assistance
  • $10,000 to the KDMC Home Medical Equipment Financial Assistance Program
  • $9,000 for King’s Daughters Patient Special Needs Fund to help provide food, clothing and shelter for eligible patients and their families
  • $3,000 for KDMC’s Kid’s Kloset to help eligible new mothers with infant formula, diapers, crib sheets and infant clothing
  • $1,160 to King’s Daughters Center for Heart Health Patient Assistance Fund 

“The volunteers at King’s Daughters bring so much to the table,” said Sandy Smith, KDMC Heart and Vascular Service Line director. “Their willingness to do whatever needs to be done, their loyalty and time, their beautiful smiles and, of course, these generous grants they bestow. We can’t thank them enough!”

Smith said funding received from the Auxiliary enables the Center for Heart Health to assist patients with health monitoring and symptom management items such as scales to monitor weight, blood pressure monitors and compression stockings. “Their gift helps us give patients the tools they need to help keep them out of the hospital,” she said.

The KDMC Auxiliary also provides funding to the Center for Healthy Living for diabetes support groups, including one for youth under 18. “The diagnosis of diabetes can be physically and mentally overwhelming for parents and children,” said Tammy Denton, Center for Healthy Living supervisor. “The diabetes support group for youth provides fun activities, education and gives families the opportunity to share their feelings as well as coping skills they have developed. We couldn’t provide these support groups without the help of KDMC’s Auxiliary.”

“KDMC’s Auxiliary volunteers truly have the biggest heart,” said Jamie Martinez, Home Medical Equipment. “They make it possible for so many of our customers to maintain their independence safely and to obtain medically necessary items their insurance will not cover.” 

Other projects that will be supported by Auxiliary funding Fiscal Year 2014 include teddy bears for pediatric surgery patients at King’s Daughters, dental care for uninsured/low income patients, purchasing laundry detergent, milk and juice for Hospitality House guests, and support for King’s Daughters Home Health Fund that helps patients in need obtain items not covered by Medicare/Medicaid such as transfer benches, shower chairs and other specialized home health equipment. 

The Auxiliary generates funds to support these programs primarily from KDMC Auxiliary Gift Shop sales as well as book, jewelry and handbag sales events at King’s Daughters. 

“The Auxiliary has been an invaluable part of the medical center for more than 56 years,” said Anne Sloan, Volunteer Services director. “More than 220 volunteer on a weekly basis, and the Auxiliary is one of the largest contributors to the Hospitality House. We truly appreciate their dedication to the medical center and our community.”  

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