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At ECHN we believe successful hip or knee replacement surgery is a Joint Effort. Joint Effort is a free, pre-operative education program offered monthly at Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital. This free, two-hour workshop features orthopedic nurses, care managers and physical therapists, who thoroughly review the surgical and recovery experience, pain management and the rehabilitation process. Patients who attend Joint Effort share that they feel more informed, less anxious and are able to be more proactive in their own recovery. Joint Effort is open to patients with a surgical date, or those currently exploring options. Caregivers, family members and patients of other regional facilities are also welcomed and encouraged to attend.This program is generously sponsored by the Auxiliary of Manchester Memorial Hospital.he auxiliaries of Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital are organizations dedicated to supporting the hospitals. Since the inception of these organizations, members of the auxiliaries have worked as volunteers at the hospitals to raise funds that have been donated to the hospitals to purchase equipment and enhance services.The Auxiliary of Manchester Memorial Hospital celebrated its 85th year of service in 2008 and to date has donated more than $4 million to the hospital. The Auxiliary also is involved with special services such as coordinating the Tree of Love during the holiday season, offering scholarships to high school students in the region, and running the following shops: the Gift Shop at Manchester Memorial Hospital, the DeQuattro Boutique specializing in products for cancer patients undergoing therapy, and The Penny Saver Thrift Shop on Broad Street in Manchester.The Rockville General Hospital Auxiliary celebrated its 65th year of service in 2008, and to date has distributed more than $1 million to the hospital. The Auxiliary also is involved with special services such as coordinating the Light of Life during the holiday season, offering scholarships to high school students in the region, hosting the Bountiful Baskets fundraiser each fall, and running the Gift Shops at Rockville General Hospital and Woodlake at Tolland.Hundreds of men and women in the community are members of the auxiliaries. Membership dues are a nominal amount, and there is no pressure to be an active member unless one wants to do so. Joining the auxiliary is a way to support and give back to the community.For more information on the Auxiliary of Manchester Memorial Hospital or to join, please call 860.647.6842.For more information on the Rockville General Hospital Auxiliary or to join, please call 860.872.5141.10860.647.4753

Rockville General Hospital Auxiliary BoardJoyce Jordan, PresidentJoan Duell, Vice PresidentSusan Mason, Vice PresidentSharon Giguere, TreasurerKristen AllevoJean DeNicoloJohnna JaniakJudy Keppner-ClarkJoyce SepulvedaIrene TutkoAnn WilliamsAuxiliary of Manchester Memorial Hospital BoardHarriet Haslett, PresidentMarilyn Peracchio, Vice PresidentCarolyn Wilson, TreasurerElaine CharizioneGeraldine GreeneJohanna HeidtmanRoberta IrishRebecca JanendaJoan LaveryDianne LombardoFrances LynchCarlene OuelletteAnnie SchadeNancy SuhieAshley Thompson2011 Auxiliary of Manchester Memorial Hospital gift - $105,000$55,000 will support the renovation of three inpatient rooms for joint replacement patients.The Meg Berté Owen Survivorship Program at the John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center received $6,345.The remaining amount will be used to purchase the following capital items for Manchester Memorial Hospital: . A replacement Stryker saber drill for ear, nose and throat surgeries, which allows patients with special ENT situations to remain in the community; . A bladder scanner, which allows quick, accurate, and non-invasive measurement of bladder volume preventing unnecessary catheterizations; . A vital signs monitor that provides reliable, automated measurement of blood pressure, pulse and oxygen level; . The replacement of twelve three-position standard geri-chair recliners and five three-position heavy duty bariatric geri-chair recliners; . A capsule endoscopy system - a new system that provides wireless endoscopy technology by sending a pill camera through the patient's body that takes and transmits pictures to a recorder for superior image capture, enhanced interpretation and additional comfort; . A sink for the Gridlock Room to help meet EKG and bloodwork standards for patients with chest pain in the Emergency Department; . Fifty antimicrobial keyboards and electronic mouses for nursing computer stations.2011 Rockville General Hospital Auxiliary gift - $52,725. Hand-held Doppler and three computers for Bissell II. Vital sign device and portable pulse oximeter for the Emergency Department. Dopplex MD2 multi-directional Doppler and PocketScope otoscope for ICU. Centrifuge for the Lab. Security camera and monitor for MRI. High/low bariatric treatment table for Rehab. Two continuous passive motion machines, two bi-directional chair cycles, one spot vital sign monitor with stand, additional monitor for the nursing units, two Kodak Easyshare M540 Digital Cameras, and one locked wooden cabinet for Woodlake at Tolland. Many other smaller items for Rockville General Hospital, the Women's Center for Wellness and Woodlake at TollandAuxiliary BoardsRoberta Irish, Incoming PresidentHarriet B. Haslett, Joyce Jordan, PresidentPresident 2007-201111