Riding into the Operating Room

Released: 01/04/16

The WMC Auxiliary recently purchased riding toys for children to play with while at Winneshiek Medical Center. Children can ride the toys back to the operating room to help them feel comfortable and at ease before surgery. The Auxiliary board is pictured with Winneshiek Medical Center surgery staff.

The Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary regularly fulfills department requests for equipment with money earned through fund-raising events. This year, the Same Day Services department requested new riding toys to transport pediatric patients from Same Day Services (where they prepare for surgery) to the Operating Room. Mary Sender, director of Surgery, Same Day Services, and Emergency says, “Children are often nervous about leaving their parents when needing a procedure in the OR. The ride-along toys are a fun way for the children to transport themselves to surgery, and their WMC identification bracelet even serves as their “driver’s license”… they can’t drive the vehicle without it!”

The Winneshiek Medical Center Same Day Services department prepares patients for their surgical procedures and facilitates their discharge from the medical center. It is staffed by a team of highly skilled and compassionate nurses who help make each patient’s stay as comfortable as possible. Patients needing chemotherapy, infusions and blood transfusions also receive their care in this area of the medical center. “We are thankful to the members of the WMC Auxiliary for their compassion for our patients,” says Deb Tekippe, supervisor of the unit. “We want all patients, and especially the children, to be comfortable at WMC. It is the small, personal touches that can make all the difference in their experience.”

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