Donation Helps Patients at Sweetwater Memorial Connect with Family

Donation Helps Patients at Sweetwater Memorial Connect with Family

Elise Haapala, center, and family members donated six HD Fire Tablets to the hospital. Emergency Room nurses Dani Turner, left, and Megan Tozzi accepted them on the hospital’s behalf.

ROCK SPRINGS — The Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County received a generous donation
of six HD Fire Tablets, with screen protectors and cases, for patients to use to communicate with their
families while in the hospital.

Delivering the tablets, Elise Haapala explained that her grandfather John Timlin was admitted into
the hospital after contracting COVID-19. She said she and her family are so appreciative of the staff
for doing everything they could for her grandfather and they wanted to do something for the staff and
patients because they know how difficult the pandemic has been.

“Being able to connect patients with their families right now is so important in these times and we
just wanted to do something to show our appreciation of how well they took care of our grandpa,”
Haapala said.

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The tablets will be equipped with communication programs like Zoom and will be distributed to
the Medical Floor, ICU, and the Emergency Department so any patient who wants to communicate
with their family will have access to do so. In addition, the tablets will also be available to pediatric
patients to play games while receiving care.

“This is such a thoughtful donation and will be a great resource for our patients. We are so
thankful to the Timlin family for thinking of us and our patients,” said Dani Turner, an Emergency
Room Nurse.

The family members who helped purchase and donate these items include Mark and Beverly
Timlin, Elise and Paul Haapala, Donna Eusek and family, Lee and Sheila Larsen, David Sumner, and
Michael and Candace Foster and family.

For more information on COVID-19 and how the hospital is taking care of the community, please

For information on donating to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, email Tiffany Marshall
at or visit