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Cindy Ficorelli
Phone: (810) 606-6270
Fax: (810) 606-6279
caficorelli@genesys.org

11/02/2010

Genesys Volunteers host 90th annual Charity Ball

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) The Genesys Volunteers will host their 90th annual Charity Ball, Saturday, Nov. 13, at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc. This year's theme is Broadway Nights.
The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 8 p.m., and dancing at 9 p.m.

Proceeds from this year's event go toward upgrades and renovations for Genesys Laboratory Services and Genesys Inpatient Rehabilitation Center.

For ticket information, call the Genesys Volunteers office at 810-606-5100.

The Genesys Volunteers, comprised of some 560 men and women, have donated more than $4 million to Genesys since the medical center opened at Health Park in February 1997.

Genesys volunteers have donated funds for the following: Special Care Level IIB Nursery in the Family Birthing Center; an orthopedic navigation system (new technology used in orthopedic surgery); seven courtesy coaches to escort patients and visitors to and from the hospital parking lot; Genesys Health Park nature trails; a 31-bed hospital expansion; a third cardiac catheterization lab; a mammotome machine for women's diagnostic care; a digital ultrasound system for the Genesys Heart Institute; the Paul J. Rocky Roll Cardiac Rapid Diagnostic Center; a prostate seed implant machine for cancer patients; an ultrasound powervision angiography machine; the Genesys Sanctuary Garden (an outdoor chapel and place for reflection located on one of the nature trails); the EverGreen (which includes a greenhouse on the Health Park campus where volunteers grow and sell flowers and plants); and much more.

To earn this money the organization conducts fundraising events throughout the year that include book sales, jewelry sales, and nut sales at Christmas. In addition, proceeds from the Genesys Acorn Gift and Floral Shop, the EverGreen and the annual Charity Ball go to support Genesys patients and the community.

In addition to fundraising events held throughout the year, Genesys volunteers donate their time and talents throughout the hospital in these areas: surgery waiting rooms, the information desk, family lounges, as courtesy coach drivers, flower arranging and delivery, employee health, eucharistic ministry, pet therapy, the Genesys hip and knee program, and two new services: emergency department liaisons and FERNS (ForEveR Nurses).

Family Focus volunteers (liaisons in the emergency department) are specially-trained to serve as liaisons in the emergency department - greeting visitors, comforting patients and families in the waiting areas and treatment rooms, and providing updates from the clinical staff to patients and families.

FERNS are a group of three retired registered nurses who work in the Quality department tabulating clinical data, helping at educational seminars for nurses, conducting hand hygiene inservices and inspections throughout the hospital, and assisting in other areas within the Quality department.

For more information on the Genesys Volunteers, call 810-606-5100.

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