Faribault Medical Center Auxiliary donates more than $11,000

The donations will pay for a relaxation channel and infant sleep sacks.

FARIBAULT, Minn. (March. 27, 2024) — The Faribault Medical Center (FMC) Auxiliary recently made two donations to FMC totaling more than $11,000. Their donations help pay for unbudgeted hospital items, and this time the focus is on rest, relaxation and safety.

The Auxiliary’s first donation of more than $8,000 will pay for installation and a year subscription to the C.A.R.E. Channel. C.A.R.E, which stands for Continuous Ambient Relaxation Environment, produces calming programming to make it easier for patients to rest despite some of the noise that comes with a hospital stay. 

“The Auxiliary’s generous support for the C.A.R.E Channel at Faribault Medical Center is greatly appreciated by all. This relaxation channel will offer comfort to our patients, families, visitors, and staff, while contributing to our healing environment. We are grateful for their support,” said Dawn Steffen, RN, manager, Patient Care Services. 

The C.A.R.E Channel is perfect for patients who need a distraction from machine noise but can’t handle the stimulation from the content on commercial television. This feature will be available to patients in the coming months.

“The Faribault Medical Center Auxiliary exists to support our hospital with funds that enhance the care recovery and general health of patients. When Dawn told us about the C.A.R.E. Channel we knew it was a wonderful way to reach patients and their families by providing access to the program in every room,” said Lonnie Schroder, president, Faribault Medical Center Auxiliary. “We are grateful for the caring hospital staff who seek out programs that we can support to improve patient care.”

FMC will use the Auxiliary’s second donation of $3,300 to purchase Halo Sleep Sacks for newborns. Every child born at FMC will receive one.

“The sleep sacks are a wonderful gift for families,” said Sue Shaft, patient care manager at the Birth Center. “The sleep sacks are designed to eliminate the need for loose blankets and ensure safe sleep.”

The Faribault Medical Center Auxiliary is a group of community volunteers committed to raising funds for unbudgeted hospital items and scholarships for post-secondary students in the health care field.


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