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WILKES-BARRE, PA -- The Auxiliary at Geisinger Wyoming Valley hosted the 16th annual Geisinger Wyoming Valley Gala on April 11 at the Westmoreland Club. Proceeds from the event totaled more than $160,000 in support of programs to improve the quality of care for patients and families at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV) in Wilkes-Barre.

Since 2008, through the generosity of our community, the Auxiliary has fulfilled its pledge of
$1 million in support of the Tambur Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at GWV. In January, the Auxiliary Board voted to provide more than $100,000 in support of new projects at GWV, which are now underway. These projects include:

  • $25,000 for the Precision Health Center in Forty Fort to provide genetic testing to women who cannot get testing done through insurance, as well as host a symposium to develop strategies that better identify women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
  • $24,647.51 for an access supine breast treatment device to provide patients with higher quality, more comfortable breast cancer treatments at the Frank and Dorothea Henry Cancer Center.
  • $19,912 for a new transportation shelter at the East Mountain Specialty Clinic to benefit patients who utilize public transportation.
  • $17,396.56 for new televisions and entertainment systems to benefit patients of the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital Unit at GWV.
  • $7,878.58 for the Tambur Family NICU to receive a transport monitor to analyze infants’ vital signs during transfers between care facilities.
  • $7,079.82 for three new sleep sofas in the Mom/Baby Unit to benefit family members staying at the hospital to support new moms.
  • $5,350 for the Spiritual Care Center to provide memorial gift packets to families in need of grief support.
  • $3,600 for three critical care recliners to better comfort patients in their recovery after open-heart surgery at the Richard and Marion Pearsall Heart Hospital.
  • $3,354 for a blanket warmer to benefit post-surgical patients and trauma patients on Medical/Surgical Units 5 and 6 West.
  • $2,781 for Doppler probes that will allow the Pearsall Heart Hospital team to provide higher quality care to patients with Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD).
  • $724 for Trauma Outreach and Education professionals to provide fall prevention programs throughout the community.

“We are honored to help our region’s health care professionals provide a higher level of medical care to our community,” said Donna Connery, president of the Auxiliary at Geisinger Wyoming Valley. “It’s very rewarding to transform the generosity of our donors into projects that benefit so many people in northeastern Pennsylvania.”

Learn more about the Auxiliary at Geisinger Wyoming Valley’s charitable mission by visiting http://www.geisinger.org/foundation/.

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