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KVH Director of Emergency Services Dede Utley, Rotary Club of Ellensburg Downtown President Patrick Garmong, The Foundation at KVH Director Michele Wurl, Community Foundation of Kittitas County CEO Bob Crowe, KVH CEO Julie Petersen
 

In early September, the Emergency Department at KVH Hospital introduced a new offering for young patients called Ouchless ER. The original concept was brought forward as a way to make a visit to the Emergency Department friendlier for children. That concept was embraced by local community groups, foundations, business owners and residents who worked together to turn the original vision into a functioning program.

The Rotary Club of Ellensburg Downtown hosted a champagne brunch over Labor Day Weekend in support of the project. Rotary Club members organized sponsorship donations from 21 local businesses that resulted in a total donation of $5,500 to the Ouchless ER fund. The Community Foundation of Kittitas County provided an additional $5,000 in matching funds.

The Ouchless ER was one component of The Foundation at KVH’s 2017 annual campaign. The campaign focused on improving the overall experience for pediatric patients at Kittitas Valley Healthcare services. The annual Foundation gala in May 2017 raised just under $30,000.

In-kind donations were provided by Wood Products Northwest for cabinetry and other improvements to Emergency Room 8. Local artist Lucy Beck donated her time to paint a colorful and cheerful mural within the primary pediatrics treatment room.

Ouchless ER Overview

The Ouchless ER focuses on three E’s to make visits as painless and anxiety-free as possible. These include the environment, equipment and education.

Environment improvements include a child-friendly mural and the concealment of frightening-looking medical equipment inside cabinets.

New equipment helps take the pain out of procedures. Examples include the Buzzy Bee (an ice and vibration device that reduces pain for injections), the use of adhesive glue instead of stitches when possible, and an Accuvein device to make vein location easy if an IV is needed.

Education focuses on training from child life specialists to teach or refresh staff about age-appropriate ways to reduce stress and anxiety. In many cases, simple distractions are used to focus the child’s attention away from the treatment they are receiving.

For more information about Ouchless ER at KVH Hospital visit http://www.kvhealthcare.org/hospital-services/emergency-department/ouchlesser.

 

Rotary collects record donations during Operation Harvest

Operation Harvest
Rotary raised 9,192 pounds of food and $2,741.32 in cash donations during 2017's Operation Harvest.
 
Rotary volunteers were out in force collecting food and cash donations to feed the hungry for Operation Harvest on Nov. 4, according to a news release. The community responded in a big way donating 9192 pounds of food and $2,741.32 in cash donations.

Rotary is a leadership organization made up of local business, professional and civic leaders. The clubs meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships, and with these connections are able to get things done in this community.

“All three Rotary clubs are in complete awe of our Ellensburg community that came out and donated at Safeway, Super One Foods, Fred Meyer, Grocery Outlet, BiMart and Rite Aid," Rotarian Jerry Lael said. "A big thank you goes out to our community as well as the store managers that supported this great cause. We all came together and made a difference.” 

Rotary is already planning for next year's Operation Harvest that always takes place the first Saturday in November.

 

OPERATION HARVEST

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Event Description

 The three Kittitas Valley Rotary clubs are joining together for this year’s OPERATION HARVEST 2017. The three service groups will gather food and cash donations to help feed the hungry in our community.  This year is looking to be the largest drive yet.

Rotary is a leadership organization made up of local business, professional, and civic leaders. The clubs meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships, and with these connections are able to get things done in this community.

“This is a great opportunity for the business community and residents to share their bounty with our neighbors who are struggling to put food on their tables.  It doesn’t matter if its food or cash, all of it makes a difference.” 

On Saturday, November 4, Kittitas County residents are encouraged to participate by donating funds or food at specified store locations throughout town. By 9am on Saturday morning, a team of Rotarian Volunteers will be stationed at Super One Foods, BiMart, Rite Aid, Grocery Outlet, Safeway and Fred Meyer until 3pm. Volunteers will hand out flyers helping shoppers know what kinds of foods and non food items are needed at FISH Community Food Bank. These suggested shopping lists will make it easy for shoppers to grab a few extra grocery items while they shop the store.

Rotarian volunteers will also be stationed at FISH’s warehouse to receive and sort the donated food. 

This is a great opportunity for our community to come together and make sure no one goes to bed hungry in Kittitas County!

 

 
About Our Club

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We meet Tuesdays at 5:00 PM
Rodeo City Bar-B-Q
204 N Main St
Ellensburg, WA  98926
United States of America

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