New wheelchairs improve patient safety and convenience at Goshen Hospital

02/08/2018

Ten new wheelchairs at Goshen Hospital are now available to transport patients who are admitted or discharged from the hospital.

Goshen Hospital Auxiliary donated $10,000 to purchase the chairs and establish a fund for ongoing maintenance and repairs.

“Our other chairs had seen years of service and had started to show their age,” said Larry Nafziger, Goshen Hospital Auxiliary Board president.

Hospital volunteers known as Red Coats use the wheelchairs every day to escort patients to and from units throughout the hospital. The fleet of functional chairs in the hospital lobby had dwindled in recent years, causing longer waits for patients in need of transportation.

“We rely heavily on the work of our volunteers, so providing them with an easier way to transport our patients is a win-win,” said Karla Beasley, director of Volunteer Services.

The auxiliary sponsors projects and events throughout the year to raise funds for equipment, scholarships, community wellness programs and financial assistance. Profits from Maple Corner Boutique & Gift Shoppe also sustain the mission of the auxiliary to support the hospital.

“Thanks to the generosity of our community, we were able to donate more than $32,000 as seed money for several projects last year,” Nafziger said. “It’s a privilege to see how these donations help so many at the hospital.”

 2017 Goshen Hospital Auxiliary Donations

$10,000 – Scholarships for high school seniors entering college-level medical degree programs

$10,000 – Wheelchair purchase and maintenance fund

$7,900 – Advanced patient condition simulator

$3,646 – Center for Cancer Care Metastatic Patient retreat

$2,000 – Center for Rehab Pediatric Camp

Kermit Leamon, Red Coat volunteer, has been escorting patients in wheelchairs for 15 years at Goshen Hospital.