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Auxiliary Thanks President Patti O’Connor for Decade of Service

Patti O'Connor

Incoming Auxiliary President Merrily Loding presents Patti O’Connor with a gift in recognition of over a decade of service as the McKenzie Auxiliary President.

Sandusky, Mich. – The McKenzie Health System Auxiliary is proud to honor President Patti O’Connor, who is stepping down after more than a decade of service and leadership. O’Connor, who also works full time at the Tribune/Recorder/Leader, will continue as Auxiliary Counselor and Chairperson of the annual golf outing.

During the period of O’Connor’s service, the McKenzie Health System Auxiliary has donated nearly $130,000 back to the hospital; a large portion of the funds came from 11 successful golf outings. Significant purchases for the hospital during that time include a crash cart and back board, electric beds, gurneys for the Emergency Room and ambulance, endoscopy and telemedicine equipment, digital mammography equipment, physical therapy parallel bars and much more. Most recently, the auxiliary donated $12,000 for three Emergency Room stretchers and $5,000 for three Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs, used for life-saving purposes).

“A decade of dedication, thousands of dollars raised and many key purchases that allowed the hospital to improve services provided to the community just begin to tell the story,” said Billi Jo Hennika, Vice President of Operations, McKenzie Health System. “I simply can’t say enough about Patti’s tremendous contributions to the auxiliary, the hospital and the community. We are deeply grateful for her service and thrilled that she will still be a familiar face at McKenzie Health System.”

O’Connor joined the McKenzie Health System Auxiliary in 2004 and ascended to President in 2006. In addition to her work at the Tribune/Recorder/Leader, her other interests include scrapbooking, ceramics, movies , crafting  and shopping. She is also a representative for Mary Kay and DoTerra Oils.

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