This dedicated group of volunteers has been providing programs and raising money for good causes throughout the hospital since 1921.
The Senior Auxiliary was organized on March 17, 1921 to raise charity funds to take care of the poor who were patients in the hospital and unable to pay. Mrs. Joseph Levy was elected the first president and Elizabeth Graham was appointed the first Auxiliary representative the Hospital Board of Directors.
From 1921 to 1937, $13,064 dollars was paid out for 500 patients who could not pay their bills. In addition, $9,741 was donated for other equipment for the hospital.
Not only was money donated in the early years, but large amounts of canned goods, fruits, jellies and other necessities were collected from community members for use by the hospital. Vegetable and linen donation days were an annual event.
In 1937, the first meeting of the Junior Auxiliary was held in the home of Mrs. Allison Kelly. Sixteen ladies joined the organization that night. Mrs. Earl Younkin was elected president.
That year, the first project was a Christmas Ball and proceeds were used to purchase a sewing machine as a Christmas gift to the nurses. A dryer for the Laundry was also donated. Fund raising included a Christmas Ball, later called the Charity Ball. The first Ball was held in 1937 and continued until 1988. Other projects included charity football games, skating parties, square dancing, antique fairs, and selling Christmas decorations.
In 1984, the Senior Auxiliary and the Junior Auxiliary joined forces to become one organization dedicated to the continued improvement of health care of the communities served by Somerset Hospital. Our many projects and programs include: operation of the Snack Bar; operation of the Gift Shop; quarterly flower sales: our annual Giving Tree project for In Touch Hospice; and the awarding of our annual Nursing Scholarships. Please click here to view our latest newsletter.
WE NEED YOU!
The Somerset Hospital Auxiliary needs your help to carry out our giving tradition. We need your time. We need your experience, your skills and your caring about others. You will, in turn, be rewarded with the warmth and smiles of the people you meet and the knowledge that you made someone’s day a little brighter. Please care enough to join. Contact our Auxiliary President Cathy Zborovancik click here.
AUXILIARY MAKES PLEDGE FOR DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY
The Somerset Hospital Auxiliary has pledged to raise $400,000.00 toward the purchase of a new technology called Full-Field Digital Mammography. This technology has made the mammogram an even more powerful tool in the battle against breast cancer.
A digital mammogram differs from a film screen mammogram in that is uses a special detector to capture and convert x-ray energy into a digital image. The patient benefits of this state-of-the-art technique include improved detection of breast cancer, lower patient dose compared to the screen film mammography, efficiency and accessibility of digital records, less patient discomfort compared to the traditional mammography and reduced patient wait time in getting results because there is no film to develop. The economic advantages of this technique include enhanced productivity of radiology department and elimination of costs associated with film, film processors, chemicals and film storage. Because no chemicals are needed to develop film for this digital mammography, it is more environmentally safe.
By making this pledge, the Auxiliary joins Somerset Hospital’s Health Improvement Movement initiative and speaks to the purpose of the Somerset Hospital Auxiliary, as stated in the by-laws; that purpose being, this organization shall render service to Somerset Hospital and its patients and to assist the Hospital in promoting the health and welfare of the community in accordance with objectives established by the Somerset Hospital.
Breast cancer touches many. If interested in helping the Auxiliary with this pledge through volunteering and/or working with fund raising projects, please contact Somerset Hospital Corporate Communications at 814-443-5050. Together, we can improve the health and lives of those in Somerset County.