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(Photo courtesy PeaceHealth)

The Ketchikan Medical Center Auxiliary announced this week that it will fund more than $40,000 worth of needed equipment for PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.

The auxiliary runs the hospital gift shop, and profits from that enterprise are used every year to pay for equipment and programs at the local hospital. The auxiliary receives suggestions of needed items from various hospital departments.

During the auxiliary’s luncheon last weekend, members voted to purchase four baby bassinets for the birthing center, along with booklets and baby boxes; training equipment for the education department; a special stretcher for the emergency department; an electrocardiograph for the Thorne Bay Clinic on Prince of Wales Island; and a tympanometer that screens for hearing problems in children, along with other items.

In addition to choosing grant recipients, auxiliary members honored longtime volunteer Donna Teal, who died earlier this month.

The auxiliary also re-elected Carolyn Wilsie as president. She’s held that position since the organization was founded in 1994. Other re-elected officers were vice president Margaret Lynn, treasurer Gloria Manuel and secretary Marty West.