Being admitted to the hospital can create anxieties for adults and be even more intimidating for children. The ALMH Auxiliary is showing local first and second graders that a hospital stay does not need to be frightening.
Second grade students from around the county visited various departments in the hospital including Dietary, Rehab, Materials Management, Laundry, Laboratory and Radiology. Highlights of the visits included a trip into the freezer, a mock stay in a patient room and of course, the helipad. The students also enjoyed tours of an ambulance provided by the Logan County Paramedics Association. Each group was guided by a member of the ALMH Auxiliary.
“The ALMH Auxiliary members really enjoy sharing the day with the children. The children are always very curious and eager to learn about how the hospital works,” said Lynne Metz, manager of volunteer and special services.
The ALMH Auxiliary was organized in 1951. The purpose of the organization is to promote public relations, provide volunteer services and conduct fundraising activities. Funds raised by the ALMH Auxiliary help fund programs of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. To learn more about the ALMH Auxiliary and volunteer opportunities, contact Lynne Metz at 217-605-5701 or visit www.almh.org.