Crime prevention awareness offered

The Lake Granbury Medical Center Auxiliary learned general safety and crime prevention tips from Sheriff Roger Deeds.

The sheriff was the guest speaker at the group’s November meeting in the Senior Circle Pavilion at Lake Granbury Medical Center (LGMC).

Deeds noted that locking homes and vehicle is especially important during the holidays. Shoppers were reminded to conceal shopping purchases in vehicles, avoid travelling alone and stay alert to one’s surrounding. He also suggested breaking down the boxes of expensive items like TVs, other electronics and popular toys before discarding them. Such boxes advertise the presence of items targeted by thieves.

For those travelling during the holidays, special vacation patrol of unoccupied dwelling can be arranged by calling the sheriff department non-emergency number.

During the past three months, 71 members of the auxiliary have volunteered 1,492 hours of service to the hospital. Elizabeth Powell was recognized for her 10,000 hours of service extending over 27 years as an auxiliary member.

The auxiliary operates and staffs the hospital gift shop. It was announced that credit and debit card services are now available as a convenience to those buying gifts for patients.

Also in November, members of the auxiliary attended six hours of annual training conducted by members of the hospital staff including LGMC CEO David Orcutt. The instruction covered topics from patient confidentiality to infection control. The emphasis was on patient service and satisfaction.

The next auxiliary general meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 at the LGMC pavilion.