Auburn Classic Lions Club Tour Expanded Diagnostic
and Emergency Facilities
Photo: Kirk Ray, chief executive officer of DeKalb Health conducts Q&A with members of the Auburn Classic Lions Club about new Diagnostic and Emergency Services during recent tour of its newly expanded facility.
Auburn Classic Lions Club Tour Expanded Diagnostic and Emergency Facilities
The first bi-weekly meeting of 2012 for the Auburn Classic Lions Club was anything but typical.
Approximately 42 members were hosted at DeKalb Health. They were treated to an informational tour of the recently opened, 15,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art, Emergency Department, and 18,000 square-foot, Laboratory, Imaging, and Respiratory Centers with centralized lobbies.
“We were honored to have had such a rare and unique opportunity to learn more about the advanced medical care being provided locally in our community,” said club member Mary Ann Barth.
“Our visit was an important exchange of ideas,” club president Andy Smith added. “The Auburn Classic Lions Club and DeKalb Health share a similar mission and goal regarding the advancement of our community’s health and wellbeing.”
After a luncheon, club members went on a personally guided tour of the new addition with Kirk Ray, chief executive officer, and Donna Freund, chief nursing officer of DeKalb Health.
Local club members learned about the latest in imaging technology and equipment, including a brand–new, large-opening, high-field MRI unit, 64-slice CT scanner, and bone-density scanner.
“This year DeKalb Health has made some of the most significant enhancements to our facility and advancements in technology since the hospital opened in 1964,” Ray added. “We believe it is our responsibility to help educate and inform our patients and community partners.
“It can help when you see the region’s top diagnostic services are easily accessible to families and individuals in our communities. Our community can take pride that we offer as advanced imaging and diagnostic care as anywhere in Northeast Indiana,” Ray concluded.
About Auburn Classic Lions Club
Each year the 50 plus members of the Auburn Classic Lions Club conduct numerous service projects and fundraisers locally, including the annual Christmas Walk, Classic Lions Golf Outing and DeKalb County Fair Booth. Event proceeds stay in DeKalb County. A primary mission is to support organizations whose work benefit sight-impaired adults and children including, the local Leader Dog Program, vision assistance requests, and vision screening programs within local schools and Day Cares. To learn more, visit classiclions.com.
About DeKalb Health
An independent, not-for-profit hospital located in Auburn, Indiana, DeKalb Health opened in 1964 as DeKalb Memorial Hospital. It has undergone several additions and expansions since then, including the opening of Emergency Medical Services in 1975; the completion of the Medical Arts Center East three-story wing in 1992; the Surgical Center in 2008; and new facilities for eICU, Emergency, Imaging, Laboratory and Respiratory, which opened in 2011. The hospital is guided by its mission to “promote, preserve and restore health” and its vision “to be the healthcare organization of choice for patients, physicians, payers and healthcare professionals.” To learn more, visit dekalbhealth.com.