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Published on May 30, 2006

VWCH Auxiliary Funds Surgical Equipment

May 30, 2006

Ellen Faulk, Brad Copple and Mike Muzzillo

Ellen Faulk, VWCH Auxiliary
President, presents a check for
$1000 to Brad Copple,
Administrator of both Valley
West Community Hospital and
Kishwaukee Community
Hospital, for the KishHealth
Foundation’s Capital Campaign. 

The Annual Meeting and Spring Luncheon of the VWCH Auxiliary was highlighted by the presenting of checks to fund operating room equipment at Valley West, and also support the Capital Campaign at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

The $29,252 check to Valley West will purchase an Olympus Image Capture Station for physician viewing during endoscopy procedures, and a flexible ureteroscope for urology procedures.  Urologist Azeem Haleem, MD, will begin his practice in Sandwich this summer, and be the first full time urologist on the Staff of VWCH.

A check for $1,000 was also presented to the KishHealth Foundation for the Capital Campaign.

The KishHealth System donated approximately three million dollars or 25% of the projected cost of the addition to Valley West Community Hospital in 2002, and the auxiliary board voted to support the building of the new Kishwaukee Community Hospital, now under construction in DeKalb, with this donation. 

Brad Copple, Nancy Nicholson, Mike Muzzillo

Nancy Nicholson displays the
certificate earned by Valley
West Community Hospital
Auxiliary for meeting the
requirements of the 2005
Constituency on Volunteers
Health Care Advocacy Award
from the Illinois Hospital

The VWCH auxiliary raises funds through  gift shop sales, the biennial Gala Ball, (this year called the Rose Ball on April 1), Holiday cookie sales and other  events. All monies are used to improve patient care and comfort and that of their families. The items funded this year were chosen from a list of needs and wants provided by the hospital administration. Since 1999, the auxiliary has donated nearly $250,000 for items as diverse as a blanket warmer, telemetry monitors, birthing beds, a patient lift, and the stained glass window for the Chapel in the 2002 addition.  

For more information about joining the auxiliary, contact membership chairman Nancy Nicholson at 815-498-1032.

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