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Alice Hyde Auxiliary Donates $48,000 for new Defibrillators

Members of the Hospital Auxiliary presented UVM Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center with a check for $48,000 on Wednesday – a donation that will fund the purchase of four new defibrillators for Alice Hyde’s Emergency Department, Intermediate Care Unit, Medical-Surgical Department and Cardiology Department.

Auxiliary President Kay Ray said the group decided to make the donation after learning that Alice Hyde’s current defibrillators were reaching the end of their manufacturer’s support cycle. The hospital’s defibrillators are all in good condition, but Philips has said that in the near future it will cease manufacturing replacement parts and supporting repair work for the current models.

“We’re pleased to be able to help ensure our health care professionals have the tools and support they need to continue caring for our community,” said Ray. “We committed to this effort last year, and I’m thrilled at how hard our members worked to achieve our goal, and how strongly the community supported our efforts.”

Alice Hyde Chief Operating Officer Matt Jones thanked the group for their donation on Wednesday, calling their hard work and dedication to the hospital’s mission an integral part of what connects the hospital to the community.

 “This is life-saving equipment,” said Jones. “We’re grateful for all the work members of our Hospital Auxiliary do each year supporting Alice Hyde, and for their commitment to our community.”