Prime Times Writer
CADIZ -- The Harrison Community Hospital has relocated its chapel and thanks to it’s auxiliary the renovated area is now open to patients, employees and visitors of the facility 24-hours a day.
Each year, the auxiliary provides funding for a wish list of the facility and 2008 was no different.
The 16-member group provided over $1,000 for the upgrades to the new chapel.
“This is something that the auxiliary is proud to be involved with,” said President Anita Coultrap. “It provides a place for patients and their families to have some quiet time.”
Located near the hospital‘s nursing station, the chapel is decorated in soothing shades of green and gold which was selected by Volunteer Coordinator Pat Heavlyn. It seats up to 10 people. Lighting also provides a calming atmosphere. The seats in the chapel were reupholstered by the auxiliary’s Co-Treasurer Erma Stoica.
Hospital Executive Secretary Carole Patton said the relocation brings the chapel closer to the patient area of the facility.
“On behalf of the hospital and its staff, we thank the auxiliary,” she said. “It is inspirational. Everyone finds it soothing and peaceful, even when just walking by. I’ve heard several positive comments.”
The old chapel, which was located directly across from the auxiliary’s gift shop, was in a more secluded location. That space is now being used as an office..
In addition to this project, the auxiliary has raised thousands of dollars to support the hospital throughout the years.
They hold a variety of events including a style show, book sales, uniform sales and the operation of the gift shop.
“We have continual fundraisers,” said Secretary Joyce Klingler. “We try to do as many as possible to help the hospital.”
The next scheduled fundraiser is a “Books are Fun” book sale on March 26. The event will be held in the hospital classroom from 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Last year, the group’s efforts provided nearly $12,000 for projects.
Hospital Administrator Terry Carson provides the auxiliary with the “wish list” and is always happy with the results.
Recent purchases have included a Coronary Pulmonary Unit that cost approximately $10,000, exercise equipment, furniture, a bird actuary, and numerous other items. The group has also bought patient admission kits for years.
The Auxiliary has also provided holiday gifts to the hospital’s employees as a way to say thanks for their dedication to the hospital and its patients.
Noting that the ages of the members of the auxiliary range from 64 to 92, both Coultrap and Klingler said new members are always welcome.
“I joined the auxiliary because I was grateful that we have such a wonderful facility in our community,” Klingler said. “It’s hard work keeping things going and earning enough money but we have fun doing it. It’s wonderful to help others and that is what we do.”
Anyone interest in joining the auxiliary should contact Coultrap at 942-2023 or Klingler at 942-3027. Those wishing to become volunteers at the hospital should contact Heavlyn at 942-2623 during regular business hours.
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A NEW chapel has opened at the Harrison Community Hospital in Cadiz. The addition was made possible through the work of the hospital’s auxiliary. Pictured in the new chapel are, front row, left to right, Auxiliary President Anita Coultrap, member Margaret Mosser, Vice President Helen Heavilin and member Helen Bass Smith. In the back row are Secretary Joyce Klingler, Hospital Executive Assistant Carole Patton, Co-Treasurer Erma Stoica, Co-Treasurer Martha Betts, Chaplain Samuel Betts and member Bernadine Leone.