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KDMC Auxiliary Contributes $190k to Medical Center Projects

ASHLAND, KY — The King’s Daughters Auxiliary is contributing $190,000 to a variety of projects at the medical center. The announcement was made at the annual Auxiliary luncheon earlier in the month at KDMC’s Health Education Center.

More than 400 people serve as King’s Daughters volunteers, contributing more than 70,000 hours of service each year. Volunteers can be found throughout the medical center – answering phones and directing visitors at the front desks and in waiting areas, greeting customers and escorting them through the medical center, delivering flowers to patient rooms, assisting customers at the Gift Shop, and serving families at the Hospitality House.

The Auxiliary raises thousands of dollars each year through the Auxiliary Gift Shop and fundraising events, to support various medical center programs. In recent years, the Hospitality House has become a top priority for the Auxiliary, who which pledged $650,000 to fund its construction. This year, they contributed the final $100,000 toward the project.

Additionally, the Auxiliary presented contributions to several other projects:

  • Lifeline, Volunteer Services ($17,200) – to support the Lifeline personal emergency response system, used as a safety measure for the elderly and disabled who are home alone

  • Emergency Medication Fund, Social Work ($20,000) – for patients who meet specific criteria and cannot afford their prescription medications upon being discharged from the medical center

  • Kid’s Kloset, Social Work ($5,000) – provides diapers, formula, bottles and newborn clothing for qualifying families

  • Patient Special Needs Fund, Learning and Organizational Development ($5,000) for patients who require financial assistance with meal passes, transportation, clothing phone cards

  • Central Park Gardens, Rehabilitation Department ($500) – plants and mulch

  • Community Reintegration Program, Rehabilitation Department ($5,000) – outings and activities for rehabilitation patients

  • Community Reintegration Program, Transitional Care Unit ($2,500) – outings and activities for rehabilitation patients

  • Heart pillows, Heart and Vascular Center ($10,000) – heart-shaped pillows for all open-heart surgery patients to hold against their chests to reduce pain association with coughing or performing breathing exercises

  • Stuffed bears, Outpatient Surgery Center ($4,000) – stuffed bears for pediatric surgery patients

To learn more about volunteering at the medical center and the Hospitality House, please call Volunteer Services director Jane Blankenship at (606) 327-4423.

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