PMC recognizes ECU Auxiliary

27_pmc-ecu_090AUXILIARY LADIES  — The ECU Auxiliary ladies are from the left, Maxine Schlosser, Carol Bain, Betty O’Tremba, Peggy Douglas and Patricia Giard. Not pictured is Virginia Dyrud.  Photo courtesy of PMC




On Oct. 16 the residents and staff of Pondera Medical Center (PMC-ECU) Extended Care Unit recognized the PMC Extended Care Auxiliary for their years of service to those living in the ECU.

Entertainment for the party was provided by The Group, another outstanding group of volunteers comprised of guitarist/singer Harry Moritz, guitarist/singer Alan Wittmier, and bassist/singer Bob Moritz.

The Auxiliary has been around since the days of the old Pioneer Home and continues to provide support for those living in the ECU.

Currently, the Auxiliary is made up of volunteers Maxine Schlosser, Carol Bain, Betty O’Tremba, Patricia Giard, Virginia Dyrud and their newest member Penny Douglas.  This group of dedicated volunteers provide a number of services including weekly bingo, purchasing bingo prizes, helping serve during monthly parties and holding fundraisers just to name a few.

In just the last year alone the Auxiliary has purchased a new wireless microphone, curtain rods and two couches for the Special Care Unit, a kitchen cart for the Activities Department, an iPod, flowers for the patio beautification project and numerous  bingo prizes.

They are able to purchase these much needed items by holding two annual fund-raisers; A Christmas bake and craft sale, and The Tree of Love. This year’s Christmas craft and bake sale is being held at the PMC-ECU Activity room on Dec. 7 from 9 am to noon. Craft and baked goods donations are very much appreciated or if you don’t feel up to baking come by the sale and get all your Holiday baking done at once!

The bake sale also marks the beginning of the Tree of Love fundraiser. The Tree of Love project originated in 1979 at the Pioneer Nursing Home and has since become a main fixture during the holidays at the ECU.  Donations can be made in honor of or in memory of a loved one.

Money raised from these projects go directly to quality of life improvements for the residents.

“Again, the residents, families and staff of Extended Care Unit cannot thank the Auxiliary enough for their dedication, compassion and care,” says Lisa Hanson, RT and director of business development, marketing and diagnostic services at the hospital.  She went on to add, “They are a fun group to work with and they are always looking for caring individuals to join their organization”

If you are interested in joining the Auxiliary or donating time, money or goods to any of these projects contact Cale Younce, Activities Manager at 271-3211 ext. 243.

If you would like to donate baked or craft goods for the sale please have them to the activities department before 9 a.m. Dec. 7.