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OMC Auxiliary Donates Nearly $34,000 to Hospital for Equipment

June 20, 2019 -
Scholarship Recipients Also Announced

OMC Auxiliary President Leif Olson announced six donations to Olympic Medical departments for needed medical equipment as part of its annual "Wish List” ceremony at the June 5 board of commissioners meeting. 

Donated items included a Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure tool for Womens Health, six Staxi Wheelchairs and a Stryker Evacuation Chair for Olympic Memorial Hospital, an Isolette Incubator for Olympic Medical Birth Center and Home Sleep Test machines for Olympic Medical Sleep Center.

"The Auxiliary does so much for Olympic Medical Center – it’s impressive,” said CEO Eric Lewis. 

"In addition to donating thousands of dollars for needed equipment, they also run the gift shop, and spend hundreds of hours fundraising in Port Angeles and Sequim,” Lewis added.

More than $633,000 has been raised by Auxiliary members and donated to the hospital for equipment since 1980.
Pictured from left: Eric Lewis, CEO, Leif Olson, Auxiliary president, Julie Black, director of support services, Chris Bower, director of obstetrics.

Scholarships Awarded
The Auxiliary also announced five $2,000 scholarships to medical students. Naomi Johnson will pursue an undergraduate nursing degree at Western Washington State in Pullman. Michelle Keys and Sondra Pedlar are enrolled in the nursing program at Peninsula College. Kylie Rentas will attend Spokane Community College in the fall to study Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology. Julie Sexton, a 13-year OMC employee, completed an Associate Degree in Applied Science for Healthcare Management and will now pursue a Bachelor Degree in Business Management at Western Governors University.

Said Patty Glennon, chair of scholarship committee, "This year we’re thrilled to increase the scholarship amount from $1,500 to $2,000 each and increase the number of recipients from four to five. We’re also pleased to award scholarships to two members of the same family. They are mother and daughter – Michelle and Naomi.”

"Workforce development is an important strategic goal at Olympic Medical Center. The Auxiliary scholarships help support that goal,” added Board President John Nutter.

The OMC Auxiliary has awarded a total of $50,000 in scholarships since 2009. 

Funds for equipment and scholarships are raised through the Auxiliary-run hospital gift shop, seasonal sales events and other fundraisers throughout the year.

For more information about the OMC Auxiliary, or information on how to become a volunteer, contact Kathy Coombes, at (360) 565-9110 or kcoombes@olympicmedical.org. 

Pictured from left: Patty Glennon, Auxiliary scholarship committee chair, Sandy Hutter, scholarship committee member, Scholarship Awardees Kylie Rentas, Naomi Johnson, Michelle Keys, and Sondra Pedlar, Leif Olson, Auxiliary president, and Gayle Long, scholarship committee member. Not pictured: Julie Sexton.

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