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Marshall Browning kicks off Tree of Life fundraiser 

Southern Illinoisan
November 11, 2012
By Marilyn Halstead

DU QUOIN — Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon helped kick off the 2012 Marshall Browning Hospital Auxiliary Tree of Life Campaign.

Kathy West of Marshall Browning Hospital board said this year has been a year of change. The hospital entered a partnership with Southern Illinois Healthcare, has a new administrator and new chairman and member of the hospital board.

“Change is inevitable; however, the auxiliary has always been there,” she said.

Lt. Gov. Simon told the crowd that rural areas have different challenges, especially in EMS services. She assured the hospital volunteers, staff and community that she understands those differences, and that a bipartisan group is working on emergency services.

“So many of you invest your time and energy,” Simon said. “… Thank you for everything you do.”

“The Tree of Life depends on the community,” Sam Macaluso, co-chairperson of the event, said.

Macaluso and Shirley Holmes are co-chairmen of the campaign. Over the past 17 years, the Tree of Life has raised more than $300,000. This year’s goal is $20,000 to purchase a pulmonary function system that will enable the hospital cardiopulmonary department to provide diagnostic breathing tests. The machine is handicapped accessible and can accommodate a patient in a wheelchair without having to transfer the patient to another chair.

The Tree of Life Campaign has raised funds to purchase the following items for the hospital: a defibrillator, three hydraulic stretchers, BiPap ventilator and EKG vital signs monitor, five-year pledge for the capital campaign for the outpatient-ER wing, advanced breast imaging scanner, new furniture for patient rooms, three patient monitors, new EKG machine, flat screen televisions for new patient rooms, pool lift chair, two bariatric stretchers, furniture for the chapel, portable X-ray unit, geri chairs and PCA pumps.

Donors will give $25 for each light on a Christmas Tree in front of the hospital. Lights will be turned on as donations are received. Donations may be made in memory or in honor of a loved one.

“We get donations from all over the U.S.,” Holmes said.

Make checks payable to Marshall Browning Hospital Auxiliary, P.O. Box 192, Du Quoin, IL 62832.

“It’s beautiful when it’s lit at night,” Macaluso said.