NEWPORT — North Country Hospital recently announced that they have purchased a piece of laser operating room equipment, achieving a goal set by the Auxiliary back in 2018.
In May of 2018, the North Country Hospital Auxiliary unanimously voted and committed a $60,000 pledge to help purchase the equipment.
At last week’s annual meeting the final $18,000 pledge payment was presented to CEO Brian Nall by Auxiliary Treasurer, Melvidene Fortin.
The group raises funds through membership drives, raffles, uniform sales, and the annual harvest fest.
Additionally, a portion of the WindowBox Gift Shop revenue is combined with Auxiliary income so that pledges can be fulfilled.
“Considering our full membership has not met in person and we’ve been so limited on our fundraising activity because of the pandemic, this is an amazing accomplishment,” said the group’s president, Melissa Gallup.
Last week the Auxiliary board members hosted the annual meeting from the hospital while some members joined virtually.
Over the past year, the Auxiliary has had an online uniform sale, a uniform sale outside under the white tents on the hospital campus, conducted a harvest fest, once again outside under the tents.
They also had a booth at the Newport Farmer’s Market for two Saturdays in September, promoting membership in the organization and the importance of this worthy cause.
Guest speaker Dr. Steven Perlin gave the in-person and online audience an update on the hospital’s new fluoroscopy equipment recently received in the radiology department.
This equipment has advanced technical capabilities beyond the one replaced, including allowing for remote imaging and better ergonomic features for patients and staff.
Dr. Perlin proudly added that North Country Hospital is the first hospital in the United States to install this particular fluoroscopy.
Dr. Perlin is the hospital’s Radiologist.
He just finished a one-year term as Medical Staff President and is the interim Chief Medical Officer.