CRMC Auxiliary raises $40,000 for state-of-the-art radiology equipment
December 29, 2008 - Harris, N.Y. - Catskill Regional Medical Center has received a new state-of-the art ultrasound machine, with much thanks to the Catskill Regional Medical Center Auxiliary which helped raise funds to cover more than half the machine's cost.
On Monday, Dec. 22, the Auxiliary presented CRMC President and CEO Steven Ruwoldt, among other hospital officials, with a check in the amount of $40,000. The funds are being used toward the cost of a new Sonosite TITANTM ultrasound. The new machine, which costs $60,000, now roams the hallways and emergency care units at CRMC, providing high-tech ultrasound equipment to all corners of the hospital.
Auxiliary President Ellen Cutler said, "In order to get the best doctors in our hospital, we have to make sure they have the best equipment. We are pleased to have contributed to bringing this much-needed machine to our hospital."
Ruwoldt stated, "The dedication the Auxiliary continues to show Catskill Regional Medical Center is outstanding. The volunteers are essential to our staff and the fundraising they do in support of the hospital is a valuable resource, especially during these challenging economic times. Their donations enable us in our ongoing efforts to improve and develop new patient services and purchase capital equipment."
George Osmun, administrative director of radiology at CRMC, said, "This new machine is truly state-of-the-art and made to be very portable. This machine has many uses in all departments and especially great for labor and delivery. CRMC has the most modern birthing unit in the region and now also the equipment to enhance care for expectant mothers as well."
The Auxiliary performs several fundraising events throughout the year, including the very popular Antique Show which is held at Monticello High School each August. Other fundraising events include an honorary journal, and a Home Tour. In total, the Auxiliary has contributed $1.5 million to Catskill Regional Medical Center since its inception. In the past, the Auxiliary has been partially responsible for the purchase of the CRMC HealthMobile- the hospital center's on-the-go diagnostic center, a 3-D electro-cardiograph to help diagnose heart patients, and several other medical machines being used at Catskill Regional Medical Center's Women's Health Center.
Photo: (front Row, left to right) Sharon Rider, Evelyn Haas and Ellen Cutler of the Catskill Regional Medical Center Auxiliary presented a donation in the amount of $40,000 to Catskill Regional Medical Center. CRMC President and CEO Steven Ruwoldt(back row right) and CRMC Administrative Director of Radiology George Osmun(back row left) said the funds were used toward the purchase of a new Sonosite TITANTM ultrasound machine.