New crash carts donated to Johnston Memorial Hospital by JMH Auxiliary


ABINGDON, Va. –A new, technologically updated crash cart, used by nurses for organization of supplies, sharps disposal and drug securement and exchange, soon will be in use in every unit at Johnston Memorial Hospital (JMH) thanks to a $47,000 donation by the JMH Auxiliary.

“We have been trying to find funds to purchase these carts for two years,” said Interim Chief Nursing Officer Nikki VanBuren. “We’re excited about the 25 new carts because it means all units will have a standard crash cart that’s up-to-date which allows us to continue to provide the excellent care our patients deserve.”

The crash cart donation is the latest in a long list of projects funded by the JMH Auxiliary, which is celebrating 108 years of providing service dedicated to supporting JMH with volunteer service and funds for supplies, equipment, programs and projects to ensure patient comfort and assistance.

“The Auxiliary to Johnston Memorial Hospital is pleased to be able to provide funding for this worthwhile project as it positively impacts JMH patients and our community,” said Lois Humphreys, president of the JMH Auxiliary.

Other past auxiliary projects benefitting JMH include donations for a blood mobile, an infant security system, nursing scholarships, a community walking trail, automatic defibrillators, chairs for the cancer center waiting area, a resuscitation manikin, a courtesy cart for the parking lot and the emergency medicine assistance program.

In 2013 alone, JMH Auxiliary members donated more than 29,000 hours of service to JMH. Auxiliary volunteers also assist with driving the courtesy cart and at the information desk, coffee shop, nursing units, gift shop, cancer center and fill other areas of need.

The JMH Auxiliary’s extraordinary dedication to Johnston Memorial Hospital was recognized nationwide in 2009 when the organization received the Hospital Award for Volunteer Service from the American Hospital Association for its work with community outreach and collaboration. 

The auxiliary was first organized in 1906 with the goal of maintaining one bed for indigent patients at a yearly cost of $400. Profits from ice cream socials, lunches and plays helped to raise the money needed. During both World Wars, the auxiliary continued to operate, even establishing a children’s ward at a cost of $2,400. Volunteers also worked at a local cannery at this time and preserved food such as apple butter and applesauce for use at the hospital.

To help continue the community’s tradition of service to JMH by volunteering or joining the JMH Auxiliary, contact Shelia Boyd, director of volunteer services at 276-258-1021. Or, support upcoming auxiliary fundraising events such as the $5 jewelry sale on June 30 and July 1, and the linen sale on Oct. 1 and 2.


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