Date: 5/7/2007

Community Hospital nurses design 40 baskets of various themes as fund raiser for the Cancer Resource Centre

(From left) Community Hospital Patient Care Services Float Pool Manager Tammy Turean, Nursing Regulatory and Quality Manager Betsy Abernathy, Director of Patient Care Services Mayola Villarruel, Clinical Educator Colette Lewandowski and Diabetes Center Nurse Manager Julie Mantis, all members of the Nurses Week Planning Committee, display just a few of the baskets created by nursing staff to be raffled off as a fundraiser for the Cancer Resource Centre.

MUNSTER - This week, nurses around the country are being recognized during national Nurses Week. However, nursing staff members at Community Hospital have taken a different approach to this special week by “giving back” through a fund raiser for the Cancer Resource Centre.

Nurses created 40 baskets of various themes to be raffled this week. Every nursing unit and department with nurses was given a basket and asked to come up with a theme, according to Mayola Villarruel, director of Patient Care Services and chair of the Nurses Week Planning Committee.

Raffle participants buy tickets for the baskets of their choice. The unit which designed the basket that receives the most tickets purchased will be recognized as the creators of the winning basket.

Other activities in observance of Nurses Week at Community Hospital include a motivational presentation, “Heroic Acts in Humble Shoes: America‚Äôs Nurses Tell Their Stories,” by Director of Health Care at JWT Employment Communications in Chicago Irene Stemler, B.S.N., R.N. as well as presentation of Extraordinary Care Awards by Community Hospital Administrator Don Fesko and Chief Nursing Officer Shelly Major to a nurse and a certified nursing assistant.

The Cancer Resource Centre, located at 900 Ridge Road, Suite J, in Munster, helps those affected by cancer obtain the support and resources they need to cope with the cancer diagnosis. All services, which include support groups, educational programs and networking groups, are offered to cancer patients and their families free of charge.