By Les Gura Wake Forest Baptist HealthWire
Tracy Nunn, manager of Rehabilitation Services at Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center, described her newest piece of equipment as being “like something out of 2001: A Space Odyssey.”
The “Neo” machine allows Rehab Services therapists—at the touch of a screen—to provide electrical stimulation, ultrasound, EMG biofeedback, EMG-triggered stimulation and laser to treat patients’ pain and direct their rehabilitation programs.
Rehab Services obtained the machine thanks in part to money raised at the 2015 Sportsmen’s Saturday, the annual raffle for big-ticket prizes and cash. Early bird tickets are now on sale for the 2016 Sportsmen’s Saturday, set for Oct. 29.
Each year, the proceeds of Sportsmen’s Saturday are targeted for one major improvement at Lexington Medical Center. Last year’s proceeds went toward new equipment at Rehab Services, one of the busiest departments at the medical center. As many as 150 patients a day and more than 25,000 a year visit Rehab Services for physical, occupational, and speech therapies.
Another important change being made at Rehab Services thanks to proceeds from the 2015 Sportsmen’s Saturday is a covered drop-off area. By November, patients in wheelchairs or using walkers or crutches will have a protected passage from their vehicles to enter Rehab Services.
“We value any help we can get,’’ said Nunn, thanking community members. “To have something that allows us to see more patients, to be more efficient with our patient care, and to provide better patient care just makes our day; that’s why we’re here.”
Growth and Community Connection
Sportsmen’s Saturday has grown tremendously since it began in 2010. The first event sold 1,200 tickets and $60,000 worth of prizes were given away. A total of 2,000 tickets are available for this year’s 7th Annual Sportsmen’s Saturday. More than $100,000 in cash and prizes—as well as an auction—will be offered.
To date, the event has raised $628,700. Including matching money from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, more than $1 million has gone toward improvement projects at Lexington Medical Center.
Besides Rehab Services, previous community donations through Sportsmen’s Saturday have led to major improvements at the Cancer Center, and expansion of the Emergency Department and other facilities at the medical center. In each case, improvements have increased patient access and comfort, as well as offering new care technologies.
Bill James, president of Lexington Medical Center, said the event is a special one for the community and the medical center.
“Sportsmen’s Saturday is an opportunity for people to have fun and enjoy good food in an exciting atmosphere,’’ he said. “But it’s also a very important fundraiser for Lexington Medical Center that has resulted in tremendous benefit for our patients.
“We look forward to continuing to offer improvements that provide better care and comfort for our patients thanks to the generosity of this community.”
Biggest event yet
This year’s raffle will again be held at the Historic Southern Railway Freight Depot. Early bird tickets are available through Sept. 12 at 19 locations around Davidson County, as well as online. Those who buy early are eligible for five special cash drawings.
Nina Smith, chair of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors, said she expects Oct. 29 to be the biggest Sportsmen’s Saturday yet.
“We have five auction items this year, which is more than in past years, to go with all 18 of the prizes and a dozen cash awards,’’ Smith said. “With a maximum of 2,000 tickets being sold, you have a great chance to win amazing gifts’’.
The high-end, sports-themed prizes include a Sea-Doo Spark with trailer, an Avalon Pontoon, a Harley-Davidson Low Rider® and a Chevy Silverado 4X4.
Among the items to be auctioned are tickets to a NASCAR race with pit and suite passes donated by the honorary chairman of Sportsmen’s Saturday, Richard Childress. Also set for auction are tickets to a Charlotte Panthers football game and a wildlife carving by Davidson County artist Keith “Bub” Wright.
Sportsmen’s Saturday will begin at noon on Oct. 29; gates open at the Southern Railway depot at 11 a.m. For a complete list of prizes and to purchase tickets, visit Lexington.WakeHealth.edu/Sportsmens