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Auxiliary Donates $220,000 for New Mammography Machine and $10,000 for Hospice Care

Auxiliary Donates $220,000 for New Mammography Machine and $10,000 for Hospice Care

South Lake Tahoe, CA – It was a festive and lively event at the Barton Auxiliary’s annual volunteer appreciation luncheon on Monday, April 13.  More than 80 volunteers from the hospital, gift shop, and The Attic Thrift Store attended and were recognized for their service and gifts.

Auxiliary volunteers donated nearly 28,000 hours in 2014. Based on the National Value of Volunteer Time of $22.55 per an hour, their volunteer time equaled a value of $631,400.  In addition, the Auxiliary also raised $230,000 from The Attic and gift shop sales, holiday fundraisers, and personal donations. These efforts totaled $861,400 in time and donations.

At the luncheon, the Barton Auxiliary officers presented a $230,000 check to Barton Health. Jason Collin, director of Barton Home Health and Hospice, accepted $10,000 on behalf of Barton Hospice to fund a grief support room for patients and their families in the hospital.  Dr. Clint Purvance, Chief Medical Officer, explained the remaining funds would support acquiring a 3-D Breast Tomosynthesis, an advanced type of mammogram.

Dr. Leonard Holmgren, Chief of Staff and Radiologist, accepted the $220,000 donation for Medical Imaging and the Tomosynthesis.  “This gift will put Barton Health on the cutting edge of women’s health and medical imaging,” he explained. “Many years ago it was also the Barton Auxiliary who helped fund Barton Hospital’s CT scan, the first CT scan in the Reno, Carson Valley, and Tahoe region.  This gift will expand our oncology services with new prevention and early detection services for cancer.”
The 3-D Tomosynthesis is a new product approved for Medicare coverage on January 1, 2015. It will provide detailed 3-D mammography for patients.  The plan is to have the new service available by this fall.

Since 1960, the Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary have been an active group of volunteers who generously give their time and talents to support Barton Hospital, its patients, and the community. To learn more about the Barton Auxiliary, visit www.bartonhealth.org/auxiliary. April 12 to 18 is National Volunteer Week.

The Barton Auxiliary officers presented a check for $230,000 to Barton Health staff. $10,000 will fund a grief support room at the Hospital and $210,000 will support a 3-D Breast Tomosynthesis, an advanced type of mammogram. Front row (left to right): Joyce DeWitt (Auxiliary President, 2015), Nancy Muller (Auxiliary Vice President), Margaret Anton (Auxiliary Treasurer), and Sandy Killian (Corresponding Secretary). Back row (left to right): Dr. Leonard Holmgren (Chief of Staff), Dr. Clint Purvance (Chief Medical Officer), and Larry Coffman (Auxiliary President, 2014).