For the second year in a row, members of the TAMC team are planning a huge benefit yard sale to support the new hospice room at the A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital in Presque Isle. 

The Super Saturday Secondhand Sale will be held on Saturday, August 23rd, in the parking lot at TAMC’s North Street Healthcare facility from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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The fundraiser will help provide added comfort to patients and their families at the hospital.  Proceeds last year went toward the now nearly completed renovation of an existing patient room into a hospice room in an effort to provide patients with an extended stay and others requiring end-of-life treatment a more home-like environment.  Proceeds from this year’s sale will help furnish the room and provide for the ongoing purchase of comfort items for patients and their families.

The idea for the room and fundraising effort to help make it happen, were developed by the staff on the unit who were personally touched caring for patients.  The concept was born in the spring of 2013 after the passing of two younger patients. The nurses and staff within the unit at TAMC decided they wanted to do more to ensure that those of all ages receive the best and most stress free care they can provide.

TAMC’s Medical Surgical Unit is the place at the hospital where patients come to receive end of life care, often after being diagnosed with terminal illness. The team members working on the unit aid patients and their families during transition.

Among the items that will be included in the hospice room are several amenities of home such as a refrigerator, flat screen television, music, microwave, bedding, coffee pot, low lighting, movies, reading and writing materials, a place for photo display, comfortable sleeping, as well as access to technology such as Skype in order to ensure those family members that are unable to visit in person still have the opportunity to spend time with the patient from afar.

For more information about the Super Saturday Secondhand Sale, including how to donate items, call 768-4321 or e-mail cdeschaine@tamc.org.