News from Hannibal Regional Hospital

 Judith Irons
Hannibal Regional Hospital Auxiliary member,
Judith Irons, accepts the “Award for Excellence”
recently at the Missouri Hospital Association’s
Annual Convention & Trade Show in Osage
Beach, MO.
The Lending Library program at the Hannibal Children’s Center, a service of the Hannibal Regional Hospital Auxiliary, has earned the “Award for Excellence” from the Midwest Association for Healthcare Resource Professionals. The award was presented Thursday, Nov. 10, during an awards luncheon at the Missouri Hospital Association’s 89th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Osage Beach, Mo.

The Hannibal Children’s Center provides early childhood development programs for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years. The center’s programs promote learning through active involvement with people, materials, events and ideas. The center is designed to prepare children to be independent, responsible and confident — both ready for school and ready for life. The center’s Lending Library program supports efforts to promote literacy among the 140 enrolled children and provides a resource for students, faculty and parents.

Retired librarian, Judith Irons created the library that is managed and staffed by the Hannibal Regional Hospital Auxiliary. Auxilians organize the collection and administer library duties. Volunteers also read to classroom participants, assist teachers by searching various topics for classroom work, repair books and order new materials. All books are received or purchased through donations, and proceeds from an annual book fair coordinated by volunteers enable the library to buy new books.

“Hospitals care for the communities they serve in many ways,” said Herb B. Kuhn, MHA president and CEO. “The Lending Library is designed to increase literacy skills and extend knowledge beyond the walls of the hospital. In addition to improving the lives of area children, the Hannibal Children’s Center is working to nurture their minds and souls.”

The Missouri Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association in Jefferson City that represents 151 Missouri hospitals. In addition to representation and advocacy on behalf of its membership, the association offers continuing education programs on current health care topics and seeks to educate the public, as well as legislative representatives, about health care issues.
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