Date: 7/20/2007

$100,000 donation means many benefit

Photo pictured from left to right: JoAnn Birdzell, Administration; Jeff Orange, Acute Rehab; Kelly Kernagis, Marketing; Fran Clark, Cardiac Rehab; Janice Jendreas, Behavioral Health Services; Carmen Rodriguez, Daybreak; Eleanore Swinford, Education; June Hampsten, Emergency; Nikki Robertsen, Behavioral Health Services; Gail Kuiper, IMCU; Joanie Butler, ICU; Lisa Zyvak, Pediatrics/Labor and Delivery; Dave Padilla, Cardiology, Ron Jerzyk, Human Resources, Lori McBride, Surgery; Mary Harlow, Surgery.

EAST CHICAGO: The St. Catherine Hospital Auxiliary recently held its Annual Gift Presentation and Tea and presented $100,000 to various services throughout the hospital. This is the largest donation the auxiliary has made in 49 years. Each year, the auxiliary asks management to submit a “wish list” to describe what they wish they had in their departments. Most often, the request is for equipment that will make patients more comfortable during a medical procedure. Departments that benefited this year include: Cardiology, Surgery, Emergency, IMCU, ICU, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Education and the Family Birthing Center.

One of the largest single donations of $15,000 went to support the hospital’s Student Scholarship Program. Scholarships are made available to students pursing careers in healthcare who live in the primary service area of St. Catherine Hospital.

Those interested in joining the Auxiliary at St. Catherine Hospital should call 219-392-1700.