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Creations Auction continues to support hospice

By Staff | Jan 10, 2014

Submitted Photo The Heart of America Medical Center’s Creations Auction will feature this quilt made and donated by Merchants Bank Quilters. It was quilted by Rachel Johnson and sewn by Michelle Lake, Donna Hager, Bonnie Halls, Cathy Wissink, Mitzi Mettler and Patricia Paul.

It’s not just about quilts anymore, but the Good Samaritan Health Services Foundation’s Creations Auction is continuing to showcase local crafts in support of the Heart of America Medical Center’s hospice program.

The Auction is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Jan. 23 at the Rugby Eagles Club and will include a social, dinner, live auction and raffle. Tickets are $25 and donations are being accepted at the foundation’s office. Foundation director Paul Schaan can be reached at 776-5455 or pschaan@hamc.com.

More than $10,000 were raised for the hospice endowment at last year’s event.

“That’s really a reflection of how much the community cares,” Schaan said.

HAMC has one of just 13 licensed hospice programs in the state. HAMC’s hospice mission is “to optimize comfort and dignity consistent with patient and family goals and needs, with patient needs and goals as a priority.”?HAMC hospice use doubled in 2013, but the invaluable service to many of the terminally ill and their families comes at a large cost for providers. An endowment is crucial in order to keep the services available. Services include physicians, skilled nursing, social work, health aid, pastoral, nutritional, medical supplies, volunteer support and bereavement counseling.

“It’s difficult to imagine not being able to assist the many families that have been helped by hospice,” Schaan said. “If you could ask the caregivers, they would tell you that the gratitude expressed by the families gives them clear indication that we are providing a very worthwhile service.”

The feature quilt for this year’s Creations Auction was donated by Merchants Bank Quilters. It was quilted by Rachel Johnson and sewn by Michelle Lake, Donna Hager, Bonnie Halls, Cathy Wissink, Mitzi Mettler and Patricia Paul.

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