When the call went out from the American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine for quilters to make and donate one million pillowcases, a group of longtime quilting friends sewed nearly 100 colorful pillowcases that they donated to Oswego Hospital for use by pediatric surgery patients.
The national magazine asked that the quilters donate pillowcases to organizations in their own communities. Kathleen Whitney, a registered nurse at Oswego Healthâ€™s Lakeside Heart Center, knew the pillowcases would be appreciated by young patients who have surgery at Oswego Hospital. â€œIn the past we have made small quilts for young children to have when they go into surgery,â€ Whitney said. â€œThis was an opportunity for us to step up and help our community once again.â€ According to Whitney, the group brought their sewing machines to her home several times to complete the more than 100 pillowcases the hospital would use during the year.
The quilters include Carol Fitzsimmons, Amy Hueber, Julie Burger, Mary Anne Sackman, Kathy Nyman and Whitney.
The colorful pillowcases were appreciated by Oswego Hospitalâ€™s surgical services department. â€œOur pediatric patients have enjoyed receiving these colorful pillowcases,â€ said Mary Ellen Yager, R.N., clinical manager of surgical services. â€œThey are a nice comfort and they are able to take them home with them. Our department is very appreciative of the work of the quilters, these pillowcases are just beautiful.â€
Oswego Healthcare system includes the Oswego Hospital, The Manor at Seneca Hill, a skilled nursing facility; Springside at Seneca Hill, a retirement living community; an urgent care center in Fulton, as well as health services centers in Mexico, Parish and now Phoenix. For more information, call (315) 349-5500 or visit oswegohealth.org.