PVCH Foundation Gift in Honor of Pat Young

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PVCH Foundation Gift in Honor of Pat Young

November 7, 2012

Matt Heyn, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Foundation announced this week that the Foundation has received a generous gift in honor of the late Pat Young.  Lewis and Pat Young have been longtime residents of Larned and when Lewis sought a way to honor his late wife Pat’s memory, he chose to make a contribution to the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Foundation.

Young’s gift when combined with funds raised by efforts of the Community Health Organization during the last two years will allow the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital to purchase a 64 slice CT scanner rather than the 32 slice CT scanner that was originally planned.

“Being able to purchase a more capable CT scanner than what had originally been planned will enable the hospital to provide improved service to the community for a very long time while continuing Pat’s legacy of service to the community.” commented Young.  “This seemed to be a very appropriate way to honor her memory.”

“Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Foundation is extremely grateful for this generous gift to honor Pat Young’s life,” commented Matt Heyn.  “Her life will be exalted by our patients who will receive the benefits of a state-of-the art piece of medical equipment.  The CT Scanner will be housed in our imaging department which will be named The Pat Young Imaging Center at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital.”

Pat Young was born on December 2, 1934, in Larned, KS. Her father, Clarence Gordon Hammond, better known as Skinny, was a man of inordinate common sense and highly developed skills in construction, even though he lacked more than a grade school education.  He passed away in 1970.

Pat’s mother, Leora Hammond was the administrator of the Hammond Holiday Home, which later became Larned Health Care Center.  Leora was a gifted and caring individual who was well respected by the medical professionals in the Larned area.  She outlived her daughter and recently passed away after a long period of declining health.

Pat grew up in Larned where she attended school until she married at the age of sixteen.  She became a mother at seventeen and had eleven children, ten who have survived her.  She viewed being a mother as an opportunity to share her love with her children, and never as a burden or obligation.

She was a military wife for a few years, and when her husband left the military they settled into farming in Edwards County, north of Kinsley.  In the early 1970’s she left her husband, and with nine of her children moved to Larned.  At that time she joined the family business and subsequently became the administrator of the Hammond Holiday Home.  There she was more than an employer; she was a friend, companion and caregiver to both her patients and staff.  She had an open door policy and was always available to anyone who wanted to talk.  Pat had a remarkable memory and was honest, fair and loved and respected by all.

In 1975, she met Lewis Young and they were married in Colorado Springs, CO in 1983.  They traveled widely after Pat and Lewis had retired.

Pat’s health was impacted by a heart condition that became worse over time, and in addition, she had increasing problems with her left knee.  In 2000, Pat had a knee operation that was not successful.  Over the next ten years she was experiencing increasing pain and finally reached the point where she felt she needed another operation.  At some point during or after the operation she had another heart attack and her kidneys failed.  As a result, this proved to be fatal in the early morning of March 3, 2011.

Pat is remembered as one who lived her Christianity and had a deep personal relationship with Jesus, and on her death bed she thanked him.  She was a kind, fair, loving individual who was exceptionally giving of herself and forgiving of others.  She had a gift for making people feel special and of great worth.  Pat liked to tell funny stories, make people laugh, and always saw the good in others.  At the same time she did not like aggressive behavior.  She enjoyed classical music. She was a mother to more than just her own children by caring for those in need of help.

Pawnee Valley Community Hospital is currently the only Critical Access Hospital in Kansas which will have a 64 slice scanner.  The GE Optima 660 64-slice CT Scanner is GE’s newest scanner, which features radiation dose reduction, energy saving design, plus built-in detectors that allows it to be upgraded into a 128 slice scanner, without having to invest in a whole new scanner.  This new CT scanner will allow non-invasive scanning capability that in a single rotation can create 64 high-resolution anatomical image cuts that are thinner than a credit card and form a 3-dimensional view of the internal organs.  In addition to providing better images, its speed is significant because it shortens breath holds during the scan, which can be a benefit for geriatric, pediatric, and trauma patients.

“This generous donation is the first major contribution to the newly formed Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Foundation,” stated Linda Henderson, Foundation Director.  “The Foundation serves as a vehicle through which charitable donors can assist in providing enhanced healthcare services, medical advancements and quality healthcare professionals for Pawnee County and surrounding communities.  By continuing to grow and re-invest in our facilities and services, we are able to provide high quality healthcare services to the people of this area, making Pawnee Valley Community Hospital the best critical access hospital in Rural America.”

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