The Sullivan Hospital Auxiliary, or more commonly known as the “Pink Ladies” organized three days after the hospital opened. A meeting was advertised in the paper to “Organize Volunteer Help at the new Sullivan Community Hospital” on March 29, 1962 at 7:30 PM. Men and Women from the surrounding communities were asked to come to this initial meeting and become charter members of the organization. Records show that by the end of March, there were 96 individuals that joined the Auxiliary and paid their annual dues of $2.00. The first elected president of the Auxiliary was Vesta Schuler. The purpose of the Auxiliary was to assist the Hospital in any way possible. Programs and services the Auxiliary offers include: local Red Cross blood drives four times a year, staff and operate the Gift Shop in the lobby and deliver the flowers and plants that are sent to patients. They work to help make a patient’s stay in the hospital as pleasant as possible.
The Auxiliary has been a major contributor toward hospital equipment and community benefit programs over the years. Since 1962 the Auxiliary has purchased over $263,164.00 in hospital equipment. They contributed toward an ambulance in 1972 and a maintenance truck in 1998 as well as purchased a treadmill for Physical Therapy, numerous wheel chairs as well as other medical equipment items. 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 scholarships. 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.
The Auxiliary provides funding to all areas of the hospital to support the purchase of medical equipment and health education programs for the benefit our patients.
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