The donated funds allowed the Rehabilitation Services department to purchase an Intellikeys device. This specialized computer device will facilitate both receptive and expressive communication. The device utilizes present day computer technology to understand and augment functional communication. The Rehabilitation Department was thrilled with the opportunity to acquire this much needed communication equipment.
"Rebekah Lodge #28 has been proactive in seeking out a need in our pediatric rehab services and generously offering to contribute funds to help in the purchase of this equipment," said Bob Brockevelt, director of Rehabilitation Services at SVMC. "Marilyn Siecke has worked very closely with us to find the best way to direct funds to make an immediate impact on patient care."
Vermillion Rebekah Lodge is a branch of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The Rebekahs are a fraternity: a world-wide organization with members in 19 countries. Each local lodge and each state of jurisdiction has its own special projects. "We just like to help out where we can. We have an ongoing fundraising project with Saturday night bingo that is given to charities. The amount of money that was raised came from the Skyler Colfax Museum through the Rebekah's headquarters," said John Sealey, first male noble grand of the Rebekahs in Vermillion. "The local Rebekahs matched those funds and then the foundation matched those funds in order to purchase the device. It was a group effort."
For additional information on Rehabilitation Services at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, please contact Bob Brockevelt at 624-2611, ext. 330.