by Bobbie Poynter
The GFWCKY Barbourville Junior Woman’s Study Club recently donated $2,000 to the Knox County Hospital’s Auxiliary. The Auxiliary plans to put the money towards the $19,000 they will spend on a new ACL 7000 Elite machine for the hospital’s lab, a machine that is used to test blood thinning.
Joy Hall, the hospital’s lab director, said the lab was in dire need of a new machine.
“What we have now is 13-14 years old and within six months it will be obsolete, she said. “We’ve already spent a ton on parts and maintenance for the old machine. Very soon we won’t even be able to buy parts for it.”
“The hospital’s running on a tight budget,” said Auxiliary President Stella Smith. “It makes more sense for us to buy the machine outright than have the hospital pay for it on time, which would cost so much more.”
The last big purchase the auxiliary made for the hospital was two years ago when the auxiliary spent $40,000 for new emergency room floor tile. Recently, the ladies bought two wheelchairs in memory of the late Maude Mills, a long-time member of the organization.