The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

March 5, 2014

Donation brings cancer detection to Clinton

By Amy Kent Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — Patients at Mercy Medical Center can soon expect the most advanced and high-tech form of lung cancer detection in the medical market, thanks to a generous donation from the Mercy Auxiliary Volunteers.

Dozens of members gathered Tuesday to distribute more than $70,000 worth of donations they have collected throughout the year to area organizations, including $60,000 to Mercy Medical Center to purchase an Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB) for early lung cancer detection.

“The way that you do what you do is repeatedly noticed and commented on by visitors,” said Mercy Medical Center President and CEO Sean Williams while accepting the donation from the Auxiliary. “I think it’s one of the larger volunteer groups of all Iowa hospitals and certainly if you rank them by size this clearly has to be the largest or one of the largest.”

To showcase what the donation represents, Dr. Rammonhan Marla gave a short presentation on the ENB system and what it will offer Mercy Medical Center patients in the future.

With the purchase of the ENB equipment, Mercy Medical Center will become one of five hospitals in Iowa with early detection capabilities offered by the state-of-the-art technology.

“(Lung cancer) is one of the deadliest cancers,” Marla said. “Until two years ago really we didn’t have much technology to diagnose early. What this ENB does is reaches masses that can’t be reached with a regular bronchoscopy so you can diagnose it, you can biopsy it. That’s the advantage of the ENB.”

But Marla wasn’t the only one to benefit from the Auxiliary group’s generosity on Tuesday. In addition to the $60,000, $10,000 was donated for scholarships to the Mercy Healthcare Foundation and $1,000 was donated to Clinton Community College for students in the nursing program.

In order to make the donations a possibility, the Auxiliary group requires leadership and with an ending term, six new officers were inducted to head up those efforts.

Retiring her position as president, Margaret Pessman introduced Barb Brown as her successor, Marilou Finn as President Elect, Carol Hill as Vice President of Community Services, Pat Milder as Secretary, Wilma Clark as Treasurer and Nan Bovis as Coordinator of Special Events.

Each woman will play her role in the next two years as leaders of the Mercy Auxiliary volunteers and to conclude a job well done by those before them, Brown thanked the former officers for the time and effort they put into maintaining a strong volunteer organization.

“When we go to the hospital we know we’re making everyone’s day just by giving them direction, a smiling face and even a listening ear,” said Brown in her closing remarks. “So, as we move forward in the next two years hopefully we all work together and all of our adventures will be fulfilling.”