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Giving Back

Auxiliary

Hospital Auxiliary

The Sullivan Hospital Auxiliary, or more commonly known as the “Pink Ladies” organized three days after the hospital opened. A meeting took place March 29, 1962 to solicit the help of community members to volunteer service at the new hospital. By the end of March, there were 96 members that paid their $2.00 annual dues. The first elected president was Vesta Schuler. Their purpose was to make the patient’s stay in the hospital as pleasant as possible.

Since 1962 the Auxiliary has purchased over $263,164.00 in hospital equipment. They contributed to the purchase of an ambulance in 1972 and a maintenance truck in 1998 as well as purchasing a treadmill for Rehab, numerous wheel chairs and other medical equipment. Over just the last 24-years, the Auxiliary has given over $26,456.00 toward patient and staff gifts. They have supplied patient handbooks, “The First Baby of the Year” gifts as well as other baby gifts, Doctor and nurse Day gifts, fruit baskets for patients at Christmas, poinsettias for the hospital departments and gifts for the Children’s Easter Egg Hunt. The Auxiliary has helped numerous students pursuing medical careers through scholar-ships. To date, they have awarded over $167,956.00 in scholarships. The first nursing scholarship was awarded to Carmen Arechederra of Bourbon on September 11, 1963. Current assistance in the Community has been through financial support to Relay for Life and Meramec Community Mission Food and Toy Drives. Just since 1999, the Auxiliary’s contributions to these programs have exceeded $12,751.00.

Auxiliary Presidents

  • 1962 Vesta Schuler
  • 1963 Frances Crow
  • 1964 Minnie Rubenstein
  • 1965 Nola Turnipseed
  • 1966 Myrl Bledsoe
  • 1967 Madeline Alexander
  • 1968 Babe Stratman
  • 1969 Ruth Schatz
  • 1970 Jean McFarland
  • 1971 M. F. Walka
  • 1972 Doll Jones
  • 1973 Doll Jones
  • 1974 Kathryn Ferris
  • 1975 Ruby Summy
  • 1976 Helen Owens
  • 1977 Hazel Clearmont
  • 1978 Dorothy Gleason
  • 1979 Fay Winn
  • 1980 Lucille Gerardi
  • 1981 Agnes Melloh
  • 1982 Agnes Melloh
  • 1983 Connie Pulliam
  • 1984 Connie Pulliam
  • 1985 Lynn McGruder
  • 1986 Ruby Squires
  • 1987 Ruby Squires
  • 1988 Fae Winn
  • 1989 Fae Winn
  • 1990 Sylva Crawford
  • 1991 Sylva Crawford
  • 1992 Sylva Crawford
  • 1993 Eva Aubuchon
  • 1994 Eva Aubuchon
  • 1995 Pat Blanton
  • 1996 Pat Blanton
  • 1997 Pat Blanton
  • 1998 Dean Beyreis
  • 1999 Dean Beyreis
  • 2000 Mae Grant
  • 2001 Mae Grant
  • 2002 Mae Grant
  • 2003 Mary Calwell
  • 2004 Mary C.—Dean B.
  • 2005 Dean Beyreis
  • 2006 Dean Beyreis
  • 2007 Carole Helton
  • 2008 Carole Helton
  • 2009 Dean Beyreis
  • 2010 Dean Beyreis
  • 2011 Dean Beyreis
  • 2012 Carole Helton
  • 2013 Shirley Wilcox
  • 2014 Shirley Wilcox