Hospital Administrator Rod Boula expressed his appreciation for the auxiliary's efforts.
"In my 25-year career in healthcare, I have never encountered a more active auxiliary," he said. "As a not-for-profit hospital, it's often necessary to trim budgets. There are many items that our departments would like to have but unfortunately, they are simply not top priority. It's wonderful of the auxiliary to support the hospital in this way."
Throughout the year, the auxiliary holds various fundraisers to support its cause including Dinner @ 8 and an annual Scavenger Hunt. The group sells homemade pies at Thanksgiving, makes Valentine's Day gift baskets, sells flower bulbs in the spring and organizes other fundraising events throughout the year.
The auxiliary also purchases magazine subscriptions for patients, awards an annual $500 scholarship, and stocks the Emergency Room with necessities for patients who find themselves there unexpectedly and empty-handed. In addition, the auxiliary ensures that patients receive presents on Christmas Eve.
The Elizabethtown Community Hospital Auxiliary has been in existence for over 50 years. The group meets on a monthly basis and new members are always welcome. Contact the hospital's community relations department at 873-3003 for more information.