• Area children and the Stephens Memorial Hospital Auxiliary pose for a photo during an event in June.

SMH Auxiliary raises funds for hospital needs

The Stephens Memorial Hospital Auxiliary members are always involved in identifying the needs of the hospital and evaluating how they can be the most helpful. Their fundraisers have purchased many needs of the SMH and the latest item is the Vein Viewer for the SMH Lab. 

The recent raffle of the Char Broil Grill, $500 worth of groceries from United Supermarkets and a set of RADA Steak Knives raised more than $4,000 toward the purchase of the Vein Viewer, at a cost of $5,000.

The lab director, Ronnie Deal, commended the auxiliary for the purchase of this specific item because it will eliminate many stressful and difficult sticks that are done in the lab each day. 

“We have about 40 blood tests administered each day and among those at least five are considered difficult for one  reason or another,” Deal said. “The Vein Viewer will eliminate the need for multiple sticks,  which could traumatize a young child.”  

The lab techs all agreed that the purchase by the SMH Auxiliary decreases the stress associated with a blood test and helps them work more efficiently. The SMH Lab thanks the auxiliary for their purchase.

Next, the SMH Auxiliary will be raising funds to renovate a patient room. This time they are focused on furnishing an enlarged patient room directed at hospice care and a gathering family.

The Breckenridge American


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PO Box 871

Breckenridge, Texas 76424

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