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The Telegram
  • Faxton-St. Luke’s Volunteer Association supports free television service for patients

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  • UTICA — The Faxton-St. Luke’s Volunteer Association presented Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare with a $150,000 donation on Dec. 13 to purchase new TVs for inpatient rooms.
    The 32-inch flat screen TVs will be available in each inpatient room and the service will be free to patients.
    Patients will also be able to make free local calls while staying in the hospital.
    “We are thankful to be able to make this donation to the hospital,” said Jane Gwise, volunteer association president, in a news release. “We feel that offering TV and local phone service to our patients free of charge will greatly enhance their experience at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare.
    The volunteer association raises funds through gift shops — Acorn Gifts at the St. Luke’s campus and The Gift Gallery at the Faxton campus. The volunteer association also coordinates vendor sales throughout the year to raise funds to support the hospital. In addition to their monetary donation, volunteers contribute nearly 60,000 hours of services to the hospital each year.
    “We very much appreciate this donation from the volunteer association as well as the many other donations they’ve made to the hospital over the years,” said Anthony J. Scibelli, senior vice president of Operations for FSLH, said in the release. “The volunteer association has helped us make many improvements to our facilities and this most recent donation will greatly improve the patient experience.”

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