UNION — The staff of Wallace Thomson Hospital and other customers had a wide selection of scrubs and other apparel to choose from during the semiannual Uniform Sale fundraiser hosted this week by the hospital’s adult volunteers.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the hospital’s lobby was lined with racks of scrubs, shelves full of shoes and a table filled with support socks, watches, stethoscopes, and flip-flops for sale by a Spartanburg firm. Catherine Childers, volunteer coordinator for the hospital, said the two-day sale was one of the events the hospital’s adult volunteers hold each year to raise funds to purchase needed health care equipment.
“We do it twice a year, usually in March and September,” Childers said Wednesday. “We bring in the guys from The Scrub Shop. They are local boys but their store is in Spartanburg.”
Childers said the volunteers share in the revenue generated by the sale and have used it in the past to buy equipment for the hospital.
“A percentage of what The Scrub Shop makes comes back to the volunteers,” Childers said. “We then in turn purchase equipment the hospital needs.
“In the past we’ve purchased blanket warmers; wheelchairs; Dinamaps, the machine they use to take your temperature, blood pressure, and oxygen level; and walkie-talkies for surgery,” she said. “We purchased the golf cart that’s used to take patients and visitors to and from their cars.”
Childers said the next step will be to meet with the Union Hospital District CEO and find out what the hospital needs. She said depending on the cost, the volunteers may wait until they raise additional funds later this year before purchasing it.
“We’ll talk with Tim Merritt about what the greatest need is,” Childers said. “Depending on what’s needed we may take the money from this sale and combine it with another that we host and then purchase what’s needed.”
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