Memorial Hospital Auxiliary “Open To All”

Jasper (LOCAL SOURCES) – Did you know that membership in the Memorial Hospital and Health Care Auxiliary is open to anyone? That’s right — you don’t have to be related to a hospital employee to join.

Did you know that auxiliary members receive a discount on purchases at the hospital gift shop?

How about that every penny the auxiliary raises goes back into the hospital for patient care, educational programs or medical equipment?

The auxiliary got its start as “church ladies” helping out Little Company of Mary Sisters at the hospital in the 1950s soon after the religious congregation founded the facility. Today membership numbers about 550, and each member has but two obligations: pay annual dues of $5 and sell $10 of quilt raffle tickets each spring.

“It’s a nice opportunity to invest in your hospital,” Dana Hoffman, auxiliary president, said of membership.

Member benefits include an auxiliary tea each fall and a 10 percent discount at the hospital’s 800 Gift Shop.

The gift shop is the auxiliary’s fundraising retail operation. While the trend at hospitals across the country is for their gift shops to be run by independent business owners, at Memorial the gift shop remains under the auspices of the auxiliary. The gift shop has a paid manager, but the rest of its employees are volunteers. Auxiliary members are invited to become volunteers but doing so is not mandatory. (Hospital volunteers receive a 20 percent discount at the gift shop.)

If there are qualified applicants, the auxiliary gives at least one scholarship each year to a student who has volunteered at the hospital at least two years and given 80 hours of service. The scholarship is meant to encourage voluntarism, so the recipients do not have to be majoring in a medical field.

In 2015, the auxiliary donated $101,041 to the hospital.

The auxiliary is a member of the Southwestern Indiana Hospital Auxiliary Association.

To become a member of the auxiliary, call one of these officers: president Dana Hoffman at 812-482-6075; Renée Clesi, vice president, at 812-630-5818; or Marty Herrel, membership chair, at 812-482-6596.

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