CMH Auxiliary Donates $70,000 for Medical Equipment

Hudson, New York – March 24, 2022 – The Columbia Memorial Health (CMH) Auxiliary continued its long history of providing support to the CMH hospital in Hudson recently by donating $70,000 for the purchase of essential medical equipment.

The generous donation will allow the purchase of a number of items including: a transport monitor for post-surgical patients; an EKG machine for the emergency department; a bariatric bed; and assorted furniture for care spaces throughout the hospital.

Since its inception in 1953, the all-volunteer CMH Auxiliary, known as “The Pink Ladies,” has donated more than $1.5 million to CMH and provided tens of thousands of volunteer hours to aid CMH and its patients.

Jay P. Cahalan, CMH President and CEO, said: “The generosity, compassion and giving spirit of the CMH Auxiliary are boundless. Their many gifts, including these important items, and their everyday presence in the hospital and medical office building are woven into the very fabric of our organizational identity and our community. We are tremendously grateful for their ongoing support and dedication.”

Margie Laurie, CMH Auxiliary President, said: “You will not find a more generous, persevering and community-minded group of women than the members of the CMH Auxiliary. We take a great deal of pride in working with the CMH leadership team to ensure that our community health system has the support, equipment and technology it needs to continue its nearly 130-year commitment to caring for the people in our region.”

Pictured above are: Jay Cahalan, CMH President & CEO; Shirley McThenia, Auxilian; Helen Wright, Auxilian; Marge Laurie, Auxiliary President; Dorothy Urschel, COO; Stephanie Hisgen, CNO; and Barbara Klassen, Executive Director of CMH Foundation.


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