Fisher-Titus Medical Center's surgery department employees are using their skills in a new way.
As a community service project, Director of Surgery Mary Jane Patterson and her staff have been stitching surgical caps for pediatric patients.
"I proposed it to my staff in November they thought it was great," Patterson said. "Some agreed to cut out patterns and others volunteered to help stitch."
In addition, Pam Raymond, a part-time transporter in OR and a seamstress in FTMC's Material Distribution Center (MDC), helps with the project. Scott Stewart, director of MDC, is working with various hospital vendors to obtain appropriate fabrics.
The caps are given to pediatric patients as they prepare for surgery and children can then take them home when they leave the medical center.
"We've had a very positive response from pediatric patients and parents alike," Patterson said.
This is an ongoing project and the group plans to keep an inventory of 25 caps per month. Made of 100 percent cotton fabric or a cotton/polyester blend, the caps feature florals, seasonal prints and children-specific character fabrics such as Dora the Explorer, Batman, Nemo, etc.
"The younger patients especially like the bright colors; a jungle print in red, royal blue, bright green and yellow has been a big hit," Patterson said.