Loar Auxiliary hits million dollar mark

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The Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) Loar Auxiliary celebrated the milestone of $1 million dollars raised to benefit GRMC medical services at an event held at the hospital recently.

Pictured from left to right in front of the Loar Auxiliary wall display are Kendra Thayer, GRMC Vice President Patient Care Services and CNO; Steve Bortz, GRMC Foundation Vice President; Carole Ann Lovett; Margaret Mowbray; Molly Hartung, Loar Auxiliary President; Carol Shiffy; Laurel Grant; Betty Pritt; Betty Wolford; Denise Shay; Shelby Carmack; and Phyllis Gank.

The Auxiliary operates the Loar Gift Shop, which is located in the hospital’s lobby and sells boutique items ranging from fashionable clothing lines to cards, flowers, and snack foods for staff and visitors.

Since its inception in 1951, the Loar Auxiliary has dedicated its work to supporting and improving access to health care at Garrett Regional Medical Center. Currently, the Auxiliary consists of 21 members, who operate the gift shop seven days a week.

“This is a celebration of the Loar Auxiliary donating one million dollars to Garrett Regional Medical Center, but it is also a celebration of the community’s support of our efforts,” said Molly Hartung, Loar Auxiliary’s president. “That’s who has purchased all of the items that, in turn, allowed us to do so much for Garrett Regional Medical Center. The Loar Auxiliary cares deeply about this hospital and the care provided here. We’re very happy to be part of making sure the people of our community have the care they need.”

The event drew luminaries from the Garrett County community, including Senator George Edwards; County Commissioners Larry Tichnell, Paul Edwards, and Jim Hinebaugh; and GRMC Foundation President Bill Grant. Numerous hospital employees also attended, many scheduling their lunch hour to coincide with the celebration.

“The Loar Auxiliary has a rich tradition of giving back to the community,” noted GRMC President and CEO Mark Boucot. “I am truly humbled by the members of the Loar organization and everything they do for us. They carry a great variety of merchandise, and it’s of the highest quality. Because the gift shop is so well run they’ve been able to support the purchase of an amazing amount of equipment as well as the development of new medical services. We are truly blessed to have them.”

The medical equipment the group has donated is a long list, and includes a CT scanner, surgical microscope, and laboratory microscope. They also provided funding in support of the hospital’s WVU Cancer Institute James and Shirley Bailey Cancer Care Center and the Wound Care Center.

“The mission of our hospital states that we treat our patients like members of our own family – the Loar Auxiliary truly exemplifies that,” said Kendra Thayer, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care. “The support they have given us in bringing new and expanded services to the people of our region is extraordinary – it’s really too much to list. Congratulations – we are lucky to have you.”

Anyone interested in volunteering with the Loar Auxiliary should contact Jessica Lucas, GRMC Volunteer Coordinator, at 301-533-4173.

For more information, contact Kimi-Scott McGreevy, GRMC Director of Marketing, Public Relations, and Grant Development, at kmcgreevy@gcmh.com, or 301-533-4356.

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