Four hospital auxiliaries have been honored by the Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries for their volunteer services. The awards were presented on Thursday, Nov. 3, at a luncheon during the Missouri Hospital Association’s 94th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Osage Beach, Mo.
Recipients of the 2016 “Auxiliary of the Year” awards include Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., Hannibal Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Phelps County Regional Medical Center Auxiliary in Rolla, Mo., and Mercy Hospital Springfield Auxiliary. These auxiliaries were recognized for outstanding service between June 1, 2015, and May 31, 2016.
Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary was honored — for a second year in a row — for their exceptional efforts as an auxiliary representing a hospital with between one and 30 licensed beds. Between June 2015 and May 2016, the auxiliary’s 90 volunteering members donated 14,229 hours of service to the hospital. In addition to their contribution of time, the auxilians’ fundraising activities allowed $49,703 in contributions to priority projects, including nearly $42,000 for hospital equipment and $5,000 in scholarships for local students.
Hannibal Regional Auxiliary was recognized for its volunteer activities as an auxiliary representing a hospital with between 31 and 100 licensed beds. The hospital’s 190 active volunteering auxilians contributed 23,702 hours of service in various activities in the community and throughout the hospital from June 2015 through May 2016. The auxiliary supports scholarships for team members to broaden their knowledge in health care fields, funding $7,000 in $500 scholarships to members of the Hannibal Regional Healthcare System community. In total, the auxiliary contributed $99,374 to the hospital for equipment, services and scholarships.
The Phelps County Regional Medical Center Auxiliary earned honors as an auxiliary representing a hospital with between 101 and 300 licensed beds. Between June 2015 and May 2016, the auxiliary’s 217 members volunteered more than 23,960 hours within the hospital and in community-based service. The auxiliary supported $16,000 in scholarships, $30,277 in equipment purchases and $53,511 in funds to the hospital, from their total contribution of $107,784. The auxiliary embraced the Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries State Project of deep vein thrombosis awareness holding educational events and providing materials for staff and the public. In March, the auxiliary celebrated the 10th anniversary of their “Happy Hauler” patient shuttle service that is supported by the auxiliary.
The Mercy Hospital Springfield Auxiliary was recognized for its volunteer activities as an auxiliary representing a hospital with more than 300 licensed beds. Mercy Springfield’s 730 auxilians performed 110,000 hours of service, with 99,000 in the hospital, and an additional 11,000 hours in the community. In addition to the gift of their time and talents, the Mercy Springfield auxilians donated more than $280,000 to support the hospital, including $155,000 for hospital equipment, $11,650 for scholarships and $100,000 for other hospital priorities — including the purchase of a pediatric ambulance. In addition, the auxiliary provides patient advocacy services to support improved patient experiences and better patient care.