HMH Auxiliary Let Christmas Shine light sales start this month!

Proceeds benefit HMH Auxiliary Scholarships

Let Christmas Shine AuxiliaryLet Christmas Shine is HMH Auxiliary’s Christmas project to raise monies for the Auxiliary Scholarship Fund. For over 25 years, the HMH Auxiliary Scholarship Fund has given scholarships to college students who are current residents or high school graduates of HMH’s 10 county service area (Hardin, LaRue, Meade, Breckenridge, Grayson, Nelson, Hart, Bullitt, Green and Taylor) that are going into the medical field. Let Christmas Shine has been an annual event contributing to the scholarship fund making it possible to give thousands of dollars in scholarships over the years.

HMH Auxiliary scholarships are funded by Let Christmas Shine in addition to other fundraisers such as the $5 Jewelry Sale and Books are Fun sales. Last year the Auxiliary raised enough money to award 21 $1,000 scholarships!

Scholarships are awarded to deserving students pursuing a career in the medical field. Emily Yates, HMH Core Lab Supervisor is a 2011 scholarship recipient.

“The HMH Auxiliary has had an incredibly positive influence on me,” Yates said. “Earning the award cut down my student loan costs and boosted my confidence. It just goes to show that scholarships really make a difference.”

Yates, a 2007 graduate of Elizabethtown High School, attended Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and Western Kentucky University, graduating with Bachelor of Science in biology in 2012 and a certification in Medical Laboratory Science in 2014.

As the Core Lab Supervisor, Yates is committed to patient experience at HMH, even though much of her work is out of sight.

“We’re still influencing patient care even if we’re behind the scenes,” she said. “I feel a great responsibility since 70 percent of diagnostic decisions come from the lab.”

Yates, whose mother, Ellen Blakeman, works at the Lincoln Trail District Health Department, frequently was a patient at HMH as a child. Her time at HMH influenced her desire to pursue a career in healthcare.

“I always had good experience at HMH as a patient,” she said. “I want to make sure other people have the same good experiences.”

Each honored person will receive an attractive card acknowledging the gift of the light from the sender with an invitation to the Let Christmas Shine Tree Lighting. We ask that you also join us on Tuesday, December 4, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., as we gather to have a lighting ceremony to celebrate those we honor and remember. Christmas music and refreshments will be part of the program.