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What do Women and Otoscopes have in common? 

They both help patients at Providence Medical Center!  Last year two ladies events made it possible for the oncology department to purchase an item (otoscope/ophthalmoscope) that will help improve the patient experience at PMC.  Pink Flamingo Night and Bomgaars Ladies Night are special events for women held annually.  Pink Flamingo night is focused on honoring women and raising awareness for breast cancer hosted by the Women of Our Savior (Wayne). The Bomgaars Ladies Night honors women with a special shopping discount while raising money for the hospital’s oncology department and is a corporate-wide event. Both events have been very generous to the PMC foundation over the years and have helped make valuable purchases for the hospital oncology department.

An otoscope/ophthalmoscope is an exam tool that medical staff use for many patient exams at the outpatient specialty clinics.  Melissa Nelsen, foundation director, reported, “When I informed the oncology staff of the available funds, they definitely spent time thinking about what they could purchase to benefit our patients.” The final decision was made to purchase an otoscope/ophthalmoscope for the infusion rooms.  These rooms don’t currently have dedicated otoscope/ophthalmoscopes and since these devices are used for patient exams, it made sense to make sure these rooms had one. “Many times the little things really do make a difference to our patients. The staff in the oncology department is excited to have this tool readily available in our infusion rooms for those receiving care,” said Joan West, Director of Outpatient Services.

Although women and otoscope/ophthalmoscopes don’t really have anything in common, Providence Medical Center and Providence Medical Center Foundation are grateful for the generosity of many people and groups like this who help make PMC a provider of choice.