Midland 100 Club Donation Supports Patients at MyMichigan Health
The Midland 100 Club, a women’s group who supports local non-profit organizations, recently selected MyMichigan Medical Center Midland’s Infusion Center as a recipient of a Club donation. Each of Midland 100 Club’s nearly 600 members made a $50 donation in support of MyMichigan’s presentation earlier this month, which will go toward the Infusion Center’s Snack Shack.
Each day, between 85 to 125 patients come to the Infusion Center for transfusion of blood products, immunotherapy medications or chemotherapy. These visits can take two to eight hours each day, and last anywhere from four to five hours. For the safety of the patient, during treatment, they are restricted to sitting in or reclining in a chair.
During the time that patients receive their infusions, they are visited by the volunteers who staff the Center’s Snack Shack, which operates Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Patients can order a warm meal, beverages, snacks and other items such as soups, sandwiches, cookies and crackers from volunteers.
Lori Hillabrand, senior administrative assistant at MyMichigan Medical Center Midland, presented information on the Snack Shack on behalf of MyMichigan to the Midland 100 Club.
“The volunteers at the Snack Shack do so much more than just deliver food to our patients,” said Hillabrand. “They spend time talking with the patients and their families, offering comfort or simply a distraction for what they are going through. Many of our volunteers are cancer survivors themselves and are able to relate to our patients, offering advice and so much more. As a member of the Midland 100 Club and an employee of MyMichigan, I was excited to have the opportunity to share more information about this program with other women in my community.”
The Midland 100 Club meets three times per year and selects two organizations to support financially at each meeting. At the meeting, non-profit organizations who are interested in presenting their needs place their name into a hat, and two names are drawn and give a five-minute presentation to present the organization’s needs.