They're dressed in pink and are usually the first faces you see when you walk through the doors at Jackson hospital. But, the Ladies Auxiliary also runs a gift shop which raises money, money that goes straight to the hospital and was used to purchase one of their newest additions, a new convertible ergonomic ultrasound table.
"The new bed and ultra sound allows us to give the patient a little bit more comfort," says Radiology Director Shannon Powell. But not only is the patient more comfortable, the new bed makes it easier on the staff during the appointment too.
Powell says "it [the bed] raises and lowers so they're not having to pump tables up or pump chairs up." She says it also converts from a table bed to stirrup for OB patients.
Technician Cynthia Brooks says the most helpful part is the fact that the side drops out allowing them easier access to the patient's heart and so the patient doesn't have to move at all.
The $7,200 ultrasound table is a gift from the Jackson Hospital Auxiliary Ladies and the money they raised in the gift shop. Leverne Dunham, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, says the majority of that money they raised in the gift shop came in candy sales. "We do have a good variety of old fashioned candy and people come in for that reason."
Jackson Hospital's Diagnostic Imaging Department also upgraded their MRI technology, which the hospital will debut to public in just a few weeks. The hospital will be one of 3 sites in North America to have that new technology.