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Post 62 donates TVs to hospital units

April 24, 2012

American Legion members and Punxsy Area Hospital staff brought in the new televisions that will be placed in the short procedure unit, intensive care unit and the front lobby. Pictured are (from left) Russell Bair, American Legion commander; Patti Dinsmore, director of critical care and outpatient services; Peggy Shaffer, American Legion bar manager; Amy Trithart, surgical services nurse; and Leslie Wineberg, surgical services liaison. (Photo by Dan Long/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Monday, Punxsutawney Area Hospital received a generous donation in the form of 12 brand-new television sets, six of which will be placed in the hospital’s short procedure unit.

Five of the TVs will go in the intensive care unit, and a 37-inch big-screen TV will be placed in the front lobby.

The televisions were donated by the John Jacob Fisher American Legion Post 62.

The idea for the televisions came from Cathy Bair, who was in short procedure for the second time when she thought that it would be nice if there had been some TVs in the room.

She then proposed the idea to her husband, Russell Bair, commander of American Legion Post 62. Then she asked around and found out the hospital wanted five TVs in the ICU and one in the front lobby as well.

The Bairs then purchased the TVs and brought them to the hospital for installation.

“On behalf of the surgical services suite at Punxsy Area Hospital, I express my gratitude to the John Jacob Fisher Post 62 for this donation,” said Dr. James Laughner, director of the surgical services suite. “Their kindness and generosity is unparalleled. Ultimately, our patients will be the benefactors of this generous donation for years to come.”

Patti Dinsmore, director of critical care and outpatient services, added, “I am grateful to the John Jacob Fisher Post 62 for their donation of five television sets to the ICU. They have enabled us to provide television access to the patients being cared for in our unit, both now and for many years to come.”

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