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Auxiliary Pledges $50,000 to Radiology Department

Fundraising efforts continue for auxiliary despite canceling their largest event of the year.

We know that x-rays, ultrasounds, and other imaging devices are vital in helping our medical staff diagnose a problem. But did you know some of the same diagnostic technology is used to help prevent injury and disease?

Earlier this year, the Auxiliary learned about the Radiology Department’s need for a new bone density scanner. Their existing DEXA Scan is over 13 years old, and with new technologies and software systems, it is time to upgrade. The new scanner will do more than just measure bone density. The system has a fracture risk assessment feature and offers a complete body composition, including percent body fat, limb comparison for muscle imbalance, visceral fat, and more. If someone knows they are at risk for osteoporosis, they can make lifestyle changes now to help prevent bone loss, prevent fractures, and overall have a better quality of life. Members of the Auxiliary of Glacial Ridge Health System decided to pledge $50,000 toward purchasing a new scanner for the department.

Logo, Harvest BallThe Harvest Ball was scheduled for October 1, 2021, to raise money for the new pledge project. In years past, the Harvest Ball has profited more than $20,000 per year thanks to generous businesses, community members, Auxiliary members, and GRHS staff. Unfortunately, the Ball was canceled for 2021 due to an increase in safety concerns regarding COVID-19. But, as they say, the show must go on. The Auxiliary members remain dedicated to their vision and want to continue supporting Glacial Ridge Health System any way they can.

This year, a “mail-in fundraiser” is happening, hoping that businesses, Auxiliary,  and community members will consider donating what they would typically spend at the Harvest Ball. Everyone who donates will be placed in a drawing for a “Dinner for Two” gift certificate at Minnewaska House, sponsored by the Auxiliary. Three names will be drawn on Friday, October 1 – the original Harvest Ball date – and the gift certificates will be mailed to the winners.

Printed in the Pope County Tribune on September 27, 2021.