Wheelchair donation to Johnston Memorial Hospital will benefit patients, visitors


(left to right) Sean McMurray, CEO/VP of Johnston Memorial Hospital, and Bruce Hatch, Chair of the JMH Foundation, show off one of the new wheelchairs donated to the hospital by the JMH Foundation.

ABINGDON, Va. – When patients and visitors in need of a wheelchair come through the doors of Johnston Memorial Hospital’s main entrance, emergency room, cancer center or the medical plaza,  their visit will be safer and more comfortable than ever before. Fifteen new stackable wheelchairs with the latest technology and docking stations, valued at $24,000, were recently donated to the hospital by the JMH Foundation.

“With profits from the 2013 Chair-ity Ball, we were able to purchase these wheelchairs, heated treatment chairs for our cancer center and new treatment chairs for the comprehensive wound care center,” said Bruce Hatch, JMH Foundation chair. “Our goal is to provide support to the hospital in this challenging time, and more importantly, to provide support, comfort and a safe environment for our patients.”

The JMH Foundation had previously donated five new wheelchairs which have been in use in the medical plaza on the JMH campus. The new chairs are safer, more comfortable and more durable than standard wheelchairs.

“We have to rely more and more on community support for initiatives like these and we’re grateful for the continued support of JMH by our town,” said JMH CEO Sean McMurray. “We’re fortunate to have a group of community leaders who answer the call when we have needs at our local hospital.”

The JMH Foundation was created in 2010 for the purpose of enriching health care within the local community through financial giving and donations from friends and supporters of JMH. It is governed by a board of directors comprising local citizens who donate their time and efforts to plan and oversee fundraisers throughout the year and raise money for equipment and services that might not exist without the foundation’s support.  

“In addition to raising money for the hospital, we use the events we sponsor to create community involvement and support for our local hospital,” Hatch said. “Helping the hospital, getting the community involved – these things help JMH continue to fulfill the mission of ‘bringing loving care to health care.’ “

The JMH Foundation also accepts contributions through estate giving, naming opportunities, and financial and memorial gifts as well as through donations of time when volunteers are needed, such as for events like the upcoming 2014 Chair-ity Ball. For more information, call the JMH Foundation at 276-258-4777 or visit www.mshafoundation.org.


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