Press release: Hospital receives donation from auxiliary

Brad Treptow

Dr. Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital Auxiliary donated $17,000 to the hospital for equipment at the organization’s regular meeting last month.

The money donated is matched dollar for dollar by the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation up to $10,000, resulting in a total donation of $27,000 that Trigg Hospital will receive.

Two pieces of equipment will be purchased with the money: An EKG machine, or electrocardiogram, for the emergency department and medical/surgical ward and a Nustep exercise chair for the rehabilitation services department.

The Trigg Hospital Auxiliary raised the money during their annual Seasons Greetings campaign. The fundraiser has been in place for approximately 40 years and local and area residents and businesses are encouraged to list their name in a full-page advertisement in the Quay County Sun. The event begins on the first of November every year and individuals have until mid-December to participate. The full page publishes in the last paper prior to Christmas every year.

Trigg Hospital Auxiliary currently has 27 members that lead in the 2010 fundraising campaign. Previous campaigns have supported various projects at Trigg Hospital, including new hospital beds, new flat-screen televisions in the patient rooms, X-ray equipment, new lobby furniture and a new commercial range for the hospital’s kitchen.

Trigg Hospital Administrator Lance Labine said this investment is critical in meeting the needs of Tucumcari and Quay County residents.

“The Auxiliary’s support of Trigg Hospital is immeasurable. I am constantly amazed how a small group of dedicated individuals can do so much,” said Labine. “It is a real honor to work in a facility with this caliber of volunteer support.”

Evelyn Coughenour, Trigg Hospital Auxiliary President, said this level of contribution is possible through the area’s generosity.

“We are especially grateful to everyone who supports our Season’s Greetings campaign, including the newspaper, because without them, this campaign would not be possible,” said Coughenour.

Dr. Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital is a Quay County-owned facility leased and operated by Presbyterian Healthcare Services. Presbyterian exists to improve the health of patients, members and communities served. Presbyterian Healthcare Services was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state’s only private, not-for-profit health care system. Presbyterian offers eight hospitals, a statewide health plan, and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Presbyterian employs more than 9,000 people throughout New Mexico.