Christmas House funds put to good use

Contributed Photo: Money raised from the Christmas House allowed for the purchase of three CPM machines used in knee replacement therapy.

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THATCHER – The Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center Auxiliary uses the proceeds from the Christmas House to fulfill its mission to support the hospital. Recent big purchases were three CPM machines used by Orthopedic surgery patients to exercise knee replacements and two epidural pumps used in the ICU to control pain. ICU Nurse Director Kerri Hopson is enthusiastic about the new epidural pumps, which have user-friendly touch screens.

These equipment purchases represent funds totaling more than $10,000. According to Elizabeth Hinton, 2019 Christmas House Chair, our community helps to make a successful fundraiser.

Individuals and church groups throughout the Gila Valley have donated handcrafted items to be sold. She also notes that community attendance at the event and purchases at the auction as well as holiday craft items, baked goods, and raffle tickets will allow the Auxiliary to make more equipment purchases next year.

“We couldn’t buy equipment for MGRMC without the financial support of everyone in the Gila Valley,” Hinton said. “Come to Christmas House. Let’s do it again this year.”

For a preview sample of things to purchase this year and the raffle and auction items, go to the Auxiliary’s website, Buy your ticket for Christmas House 2019 in the hospital’s Gift Shop or at the door. Save the date: Nov. 8 and 9 at Dr. and Mrs. Bryant McNeill’s home, 172 Spencer Lane in Thatcher.