Fifty Seven women attend Circle 100 Meeting

Fifty Seven women attend Circle 100 Meeting

Fifty-seven hardy women braved wind and rain to attend the One & Only Annual Meeting of the Circle 100 Club on Thursday, March 22.  Crowding into the cafeteria and conference room at Wallowa Memorial Hospital, the ladies enjoyed a delicious Asian-themed buffet prepared by dietary director Margaret Lamm and her crew before hearing from a selection of speakers.

Chief Nursing Officer Jenni Word gave a brief summary of hospital news, introducing our newest physicians: Dr. Kelsey Allen, a family practice Doctor of Osteopathic medicine who works out of Mountain View Medical Clinic in Enterprise; and Dr. Gary Zeigler, our new emergency room director who brings a wealth of emergency room experience.

Imaging director Josie Conrad gave an update on the 3D Mammography System that was purchased with money raised at the Healthy Futures Dinner Auction last November.  “We have found eight cancers, four that we believe would not have been caught without our new 3D.”

Paramedic Michelle Musia thanked the group for the Power Pro Stretcher and Mechanical Lift that was purchased for the EMS department last year.  “It’s made transferring patients safer and more comfortable, and it’s saved our crews’ backs,”  Musia said.

Finally, Wallowa Valley Health Care Foundation board member Gail Swart shared the moving story of her son, who faced a near-fatal medical crisis last December and was flown to Boise, where he spent nearly two weeks in a hospital.  “The doctors in Boise said my son is alive today because of the care he received from Dr. Liz Powers and everyone here at Wallowa Memorial Hospital.”

The project for this year’s Circle 100 Club includes new bassinets for our newborns, a new, comfortable sleeper/sofa for tired dads, and a new tool to measure bilirubin that does not require poking every few hours with a needle.  We know our tiniest patients and their families will appreciate the generosity of Circle 100 Club members.  Thank you, ladies!

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