Henry Medical Center Auxiliary members Nancy Jaudon (left) and Renee Talcott sit in a new Quiet Room provided for the hospital. The Auxiliary donated funds to furnish the room, which is designated as a gathering place for grieving families.
By Jason A. Smith
Families with loved ones who are hospitalized in Henry County now have a place to comfort one another.
The Auxiliary at Henry Medical Center recently furnished a Quiet Room, located near the hospital's Emergency Department. The room will provide a gathering place for families who have lost a loved one, or who have a loved one who is terminally ill or injured.
"The purpose of the room is for families who have someone who has got some sort of tragic situation going on, or an end-of-life situation," said Donna Braddy, director of marketing for the hospital. "When this happens, we really feel like you need a place to have some alone-time, to grieve with your family, to talk to a chaplain, or to get yourself together to take on the next step. That's why we have this room."
Braddy thanked auxiliary members for their kindness and generosity, in providing the Quiet Room, which was unveiled earlier this month. Until that time, she said, the facility was used as a break room for employees.
A $2,400 donation from the auxiliary was used to pay for furniture and decor in the Quiet Room, said Henry Medical Center's public relations specialist, Michelle Nunnally. She said the Auxiliary coordinates fund-raisers for Henry Medical Center, with proceeds going toward purchasing equipment and supplies to improve hospital services.
"Henry Medical Center's Auxiliary is a volunteer-based program, with more than 150 active members dedicated to assisting the hospital in providing first-class care," said Nunnally. "Members of the 33-year-old organization also volunteer more than 35,000 hours of service to Henry Medical Center each year, providing office support and staffing areas throughout the hospital, such as the Information Desks, Emergency Department, Gift Gallery, and Laurel Park, as well as serving as couriers and greeters."
For more information on the Henry Medical Center Auxiliary, call the hospital's Volunteer Services Department at (678) 604-1057.