Gertrude Bruce of Williamsville has had several major surgeries at hospitals including MAYO clinic. During her hospital stays she found that the design of a hospital gown leaves you with an appreciation to have something to cover your legs. She chose to make quilts for patients at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital to use during their stay and take home upon discharge, and has donated them in honor of her physician, Dennis Carroll, MD.
Although Gertrude’s eye sight is failing she is happy to be able to continue her love of quilting. Gertrude’s daughter often brings her to ALMH to deliver the quilts for patients in Obstetrics, Surgery and Acute Care.
Michelle Green, ALMH Acute Care Manager, said that in the Acute Care Unit the quilts are given to pediatric patients.
“Pediatric patients can be scared of the clinical staff and the unfamiliar setting, giving them a quilt makes the hospital feel more like home. It also gives them something to snuggle with and puts them at ease,” said Green.
Gertrude and her family members have great appreciation for ALMH. They have been treated in the surgery and rehabilitation departments and have great admiration for their ALMH caregivers and therapists.
ALMH is a 25-bed critical access hospital located at 200 Stahlhut Drive in Lincoln. For more information about the hospital call 217-732-2161 or visit ALMH.org.