The updated shower room at St. Mary’s is pictured here.
COTTONWOOD St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation’s Annual Mardi Gras event will feature live and silent auction items for guests to bid on and the proceeds will go directly to hospital needs.
The annual event allows St. Mary’s to address critical facility needs to help serve patients. Last year the event helped the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation fund a new heating system to replace an outdated and inefficient one.
“The new boiler system has been amazing,” said Matt Polumsky, SMH maintenance manager. “Not only do we have more consistent heating and warm water, it has saved us approximately 40 percent of our previous heating bills. The old boilers worked at about 50 percent efficiency. The new system has a 95 percent efficiency rating and has provided a savings of about $35,000 in our heating bills. Not to mention the huge decrease in man hours it takes to service, run, and repair.”
Another project the fund-raiser supported was the patient shower room.
“The old shower room was virtually unusable,” continued Matt. “It had a parlor tub and we had no way to lift patients in and out of it. It was a cast-iron tub and impossible to keep warm and the layout of the room made it difficult to move around in. Now we have a beautiful room with a walk-in tub, shower, and enough room to accommodate our patients and their caregivers.”
This year the SMH Foundation is raising money to install a critical fire suppression system in the hospital. This system will not only provide necessary safety measures, but it will also allow the hospital to make much needed improvements to the emergency room and other services.
Tickets are $35 per person and include a dinner provided by Rodonna’s catering, dancing, casino games and exciting live and silent auction packages.
Auction items include a .22 Chipmunk rifle from funds donated by St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, an 870 Express .12-gauge shotgun, and a “Caliber of Your Choice” Savage Axis II Accu Trigger rifle with a Vortex scope. Several other items are also available including a $350 PowerVac certificate donated by Straw’s PowerVac, one ton of pellets donated by St. Mary’s Hospital and a STIHL 180 chain saw with one cord of wood, split, for summer delivery.
The Mardi Gras event will begin at 5 p.m. at the Cottonwood Community Hall Saturday, March 25. Contact Kim Johnson at 962-2201 or Natalie Latimer 962-2463 for tickets or to donate items to the auction.