NORMAN — This year has been big for the Norman Regional Hospital Auxiliary, and their president, Dot Adkins, calls it their “wow” year.
So far this year, the group has given about $700,000 to the Norman Regional Health System.
“We been very lucky to get the time of volunteers from the Moore Medical Center since it was lost. That’s why I call this our ‘wow’ year. We have been able to do so much more, and there has been growth in every area,” Adkins said.
The auxiliary’s mission is to strengthen, improve, promote and support the hospital by providing the highest quality of service to the hospital, patients, community and one another. Volunteers are there to ease patients’ fears, provide smiles and remove obstacles.
Adkins said at their core, auxiliary volunteers are “cheerleaders” for good health.
“Volunteers don’t have time — they make time to help others,” she said.
With as much as the group has accomplished this year, volunteers are still needed. Volunteers can spend their time in 19 areas between the HealthPlex and Norman Regional Hospital on Porter Avenue.
These areas include the information desk, surgery waiting, gift shops, pastoral care, hospitality house, scrub shop, inpatient and emergency departments, cardiac rehab, cancer resource center, office work, ambulatory care, distribution/transportation, health club, diagnostic imaging, wound center and projects team.
“There are so many choices, nearly any one can find something they want to do,” said Jan Fendley, auxiliary treasurer and volunteer for 10 years.
Through numerous projects, the auxiliary has helped the hospital through grant requests and large construction projects. In June, the group donated $4,000 to Winston Medical Center in Louisville, Miss., following a tornado that destroyed the medical center.
One of the projects Adkins is most proud of is a neoBLUE LED phototherapy system that treats babies suffering from jaundice. The Norman Regional Hospital Auxiliary recently donated two neoBLUE LED blankets through grant requests to the Norman Birth Center. This system allows a mother to remove her baby from underneath the rolling stand and hold her child while they are wrapped in a neoBLUE blanket.