May 22, 2019 – Danville, Kentucky – The Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital (EMFLH) Auxiliary was a recipient of a HANDS Award presented on May 8 by the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) at the Annual KHA Convention in Lexington.
Each year, the KHA Committee on Volunteer Services recognizes outstanding volunteer programs across the state. The Fifteenth Annual “KHA HANDS Awards” (Helping Accomplish Noteworthy Duties Successfully) was presented at the Auxiliary Luncheon to Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital for their “Wish List” project in which the Auxiliary purchased two kid cars to transport pediatric patients to surgery.
“Allowing the kids to “drive” a battery-powered car to the OR is fun for them, keeps them smiling, and eases the parents’ fears about them going to the OR crying and upset,” says Jody Wells, director of Surgical Services.
The project came to fruition after the surgical department noticed a large increase in pediatric dental surgeries. As one would imagine, the children (and parents) are anxious and scared prior to surgery, particularly when the surgical staff comes into their room to prep them for surgery. Looking for a way to ease some of that anxiety and trepidation, the staff suggested the use of a kid-controlled car in allowing the children to drive the battery-operated car into the operating room.
“The Auxiliary is proud to be able to support the hospital by providing such a special way for the pediatric patients to get to the operating room,” says Brenda Caudill, Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Auxiliary president. “Our investment of $1000 certainly enhanced the patient and family experience for our smallest patients.”
Individuals who want to become a member of the Auxiliary are asked to contact Rebecca Rowe at (859) 239-1208. She can also be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.