The All-Twig Board presents a check totaling $27,704 to Van Wert Hospital President Mark Minick. (Photo submitted)
The All-Twig Board presents a check totaling $27,704 to Van Wert Hospital President Mark Minick. (Photo submitted)

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VAN WERT – The All-Twig Board of Van Wert County Hospital recently presented a check in the amount of $27,704 in support of hospital equipment upgrades. “The Twig Association continues to play an instrumental role at Van Wert County Hospital,” said Mark Minick, Van Wert Hospital President/CEO. “The Twigs raises funds to provide our community with state-of-the art equipment. We greatly appreciate their monetary support as well as their time and talents.”

Each year, the members of the four Twig groups dedicate their time to raise funds which, in turn, are donated to the hospital to support patient-centered initiatives. This year, the Twigs have approved the purchase of 2 patient carts/stretchers to replace and upgrade former used stretchers in the surgery department at the Health Center; 1 surgical arm table to update outdated equipment and improve surgical efficiency during surgeries of the upper extremities at the hospital; a flexible cystoscopy to improve and ease Foley insertions for surgical urology patients; a fluidotherapy unit to treat hands and feet for heat and desensitization; and a Hoyer Heavy-Duty Power Lift to assist and improve transfers and mobilization of bariatric patients throughout the hospital.

“For more than 50 years, our ladies have been raising monies towards the purchase of new hospital equipment which ultimately benefits the entire community. It is overwhelming, the number of ladies who participate as Twig members. Together, we are proud to be able to give back to our community and hospital.” said LaDonna Allenbaugh, All-Twig Board President.

The Twigs maintain four different groups, each which coordinate various service projects throughout the community. Twig 1 and Twig II organizations jointly operate the Hospital Thrift Shop. The Hospital Thrift Shop is open to the public five days a week: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m, closed Wednesdays. The Hospital Thrift Shop is located at 131 E. Central Ave.

The ladies of the Twig III manage the Hospital Gift Shop and Annual Tree of Lights Ceremony. Twig IV members coordinate a monthly Sweet Shoppe every second Thursday of the month, except during the summer months, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., as well as organizing artisan sales, and the annual poinsettia sale in November. Since their formation, the Twigs have donated over $1,529,076.60 for the Van Wert County Hospital.

New members are always encouraged to join and share their talents with the ladies of the Twig groups. Being a volunteer is one of the most generous ways to share your time and talents. For more information regarding the Twig Association or to join the exceedingly talented group of ladies, please call(419) 238-8623 or visit