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Family donates Fire Tablets to hospital

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  • Written By: Tiffany Marshal, Memorial Hospital Foundation Director
Family donates Fire Tablets to hospital

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.

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 visit

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

Donation of tablets

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. If you would like to donate to the hospital, contact Memorial Hospital Foundation Director Tiffany Marshall at