Meritus Medical Center Auxiliary Donates $20,000 toward New Hospital Unit

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The Regional Infection Containment (RIC) unit that was added to Meritus Medical Center last fall received additional support recently in the amount of $20,000 donated by the Meritus Medical Center Auxiliary.

The unit, the first of its kind in the region, was completed in only 120 days last year to support the emergent work created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The space offers a negative pressure, contained area with 20 ventilator-capable patient beds, where Meritus Health staff continues to treat many who area admitted to the hospital for treatment of the virus.

The majority of the funds were collected during the 36th Annual Tree of Lights event organized by the auxiliary. Nearly 160 donors purchased 255 lights for varying amounts that were placed on the tree outside of the main entrance of the hospital in early December 2020. The lights offer donors an opportunity to honor or memorialize a friend, family member or someone else they love or appreciate.

Pictured (left to right) with the big check are Jennifer C. Maust Bowers, executive director of the Meritus Healthcare Foundation; Larry Summers, assistant treasurer of the auxiliary; and Maulik Joshi, president and CEO of Meritus Health.

Donations are collected year-round for programs and services at Meritus Medical Center through the work of the Meritus Medical Center Auxiliary and Meritus Healthcare Foundation. Learn more at