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Oswego Health's Crafty Ladies Keep Patients Warm

Hospital news | Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Contact: Marion Ciciarelli

Oswego Health’s self-proclaimed crafty ladies meet weekly to catch up on one another, perhaps enjoy a snack or two, and of course to knit and crochet.

Most of the crafty ladies, who are members of the health system’s Auxiliary, have been doing their needle craft work for most of their lives and get great satisfaction out of their hobby. Especially when it comes to helping others. So when Oswego Health Registered Nurse Jeannie Gower approached Auxiliary leadership about a special project, the ladies got their needles working. “I thought our patients who are cold due the symptoms of their illnesses would like a hat,” Gower said. “And, I thought of the crafty ladies.”

Now some 50 or so hats later, Gower says, “The patients really have fun picking one out as they are knit and crocheted in some cool-looking colors.” In fact, Gower handed out 12 hats in a single day. “The adults just love them,” she adds.

Seated in the photo from left are Crafty Ladies Barbara Wall, Lynn Forbes and Ann Sirchia. Standing are Dawn Smith, volunteer/clinical support coordinator, Jeannie Gower, RN; and Cheryl Stilwell, RN, clinical director of the hospital’s medical/surgical floors.

Community members interested in becoming a member of the Oswego Health Auxiliary should call Dawn Smith at 315-349-5566.