By SHERRY DIGMON
We’ve all seen them at Atmore Community Hospital – sometimes in the gift shop, sometimes at the telephone switch board, sometimes giving out drinks and juice, but always serving.
They’re the Pink Ladies, actually the Atmore Community Hospital Auxiliary. And we know about their fund-raisers, especially the $5 jewelry sales, sheet sales, scrub sales, etc., in addition to the hospital gift shop. Did you know the money they raise goes toward purchasing equipment for the hospital and affiliated services?
Just this year, they have purchased an electric stand-up for physical therapy, recliner for triage, two office chairs for radiology, and a bladder scanner at a cost of $6,000. They recently presented a check for $3,761 to Judy King, ACH Physicians Clinic Director at the new urgent care facility for two mobile devices to assess and monitor vital signs such as temperature, heart rate and blood pressure. They also paid to decorate the walls in the admissions area. The total price tag so far this year: $14,922.
The year 2019 was a banner year for the Auxiliary with more than $43,280 in equipment and furniture for the hospital. The Auxiliary suffered in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Covid took its toll with fewer fund-raisers and the gift shop closed part of that time. Also, many of the Pink Ladies have gotten a little older, and some have moved away.
The Auxiliary needs new volunteers. If you would like to serve, please contact Judy Rathsack, Director of Volunteer Services, at 251-253-4487.