Mountain View Regional auxiliary members increase visitors’ comfort

When people are hospitalized, their loved ones want to show their love and support in any way possible – which frequently includes staying in the hospital room.

And when visitors stay for extended periods, Mountain View Regional Medical Center’s auxiliary wanted to ensure they have a positive experience. So the group’s members sprang into action recently when they learned new chairs were needed for the hospital’s guests.

“When your loved one is in the hospital, you want to stay as close as possible,” said Barbara Caruso, a volunteer and vice president of the hospital’s auxiliary. “We were pleased to help our visitors. This is also a tremendous benefit to patients, so they don’t need to be concerned about their loved ones’ comfort.”

The auxiliary, which considers its work a labor of love, purchased four sleeper chairs for patient rooms. With a couple of simple adjustments, each chair can quickly convert to a single-person bed, allowing patients to stay close to loved ones. Fred Pelle, the hospital’s president, said the chairs were a welcome gift.

“Mountain View Regional is extremely fortunate to have such a dynamic group as the auxiliary focused on the needs of our patients and community,” Pelle said. “And our auxiliary members understand that philosophy, and that patient needs include supporting their loved ones. This donation has contributed significantly to the Healing Environment in our hospital.”

The auxiliary raises money throughout the year through gift shop sales and other fundraisers. The members then use the proceeds to buy new pieces of equipment for the hospital or donate to local nonprofit organization, such as Mountain Empire Older Citizens.

“It’s money well spent,” Caruso said. “We all feel good about helping people.”