The Auxiliary For Community Health in Winsted has once again generously donated funds totaling $32,000 in support of the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit and Sleep Center located at The Winsted Health Center, 115 Spencer Street, Winsted.
The Auxiliary donated $21,000 that went toward the purchase of one NuStep Crosstrainer, two recumbent bikes, two arm Ergometers with tables, and two Medtrack Treadmills which are used by patients in the Center’s exercise room as part of their cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. This program uses a team approach and provides individualized pulmonary care programs for exercise prescriptions, educational classes and support services.
“This equipment receives so much use so we are thrilled that the Auxiliary is able to replace them with updated models. It also allows us to accommodate more local patients in our community.
Our friends at the Auxiliary have come through again with this amazing gift. Everyone who uses our equipment is very appreciative of their efforts and generosity.” says Michele Rainville, RN, Clinical Manager of CHH Emergency and Medical Care.
In addition, The Auxiliary also donated $11,000 toward the technology upgrades needed for sleep Apnea testing at the CHH Sleep Center. Developed by Phillips Respironics, the Alice 5 Sleep System requires periodic enhancements and these funds will help cover the costs of new equipment, hardware and software installation and training. The Center features four comfortable patient rooms staffed by trained registered sleep specialist technologists who perform comprehensive day and overnight sleep studies. These studies are certified by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine which assures quality patient care through comprehensive clinical evaluation and treatment for sleep programs nationwide.
In recent years, the Auxiliary donated over $300,000 to purchase innovative new patient equipment and monitoring systems in Winsted. The hospital’s emergency department in Winsted sees about 7,000 patients annually.
The Auxiliary For Community Health was founded in Winsted over 100 years ago to support community health efforts and currently has 60 volunteer members. They have a history of supporting Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s services in Winsted, including past donations for cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, emergency services, sleep center, radiology, and laboratory equipment.
Members raise money through their membership, events, and a downtown Winsted thrift shop which offers affordable clothing and household items to the community. All the proceeds from the sales then go to health-related causes and programs in Winsted. The store is located at 120 Willow St. and is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday 9:30 AM to Noon. Donations are welcome at their Willow St. location during open hours. For more information, call 860-379-1997.
CHH Emergency and Medical Care is part of The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital family of services located at 115 Spencer Street. It provides hospital-level, community-based health care and emergency services to northwest Connecticut and southwest Massachusetts. Winsted based services include emergency, X-ray, laboratory, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, digital mammography, and sleep evaluation services.
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Employees, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.
PHOTO CAPTION: (LtoR) CHH Cardiac Rehab Nurse Lynn Zarwycki thanks Winsted Auxiliary For Community Health Members Milly Hudak, Noreen Lampognana, Helen Dombrowski, and Adelaide Zecchin for the generous donation and support of the CHH Medical and Sleep Centers in Winsted.