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The St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary was launched in 1976 with the reorganization of its predecessor, the St. Francis Hospital Guild. According to historical documents, the hospital Guild was organized in 1955 "to give assistance to the hospital staff, patients and their families, and to raise funds for needed hospital equipment and improvements." During the first year, the Guild supplied the hospital with two stomach pumps, one nasal suction machine and a fracture frame.

Auxiliary 1The Auxiliary continues to provide assistance, promote hospital services and serve as a fundraiser in conjunction with the St. Francis Hospital Foundation. The Auxiliary has funded furnishings for eight of the hospital’s private rooms, automatic doors for the hospital and Maryville Medical Building, ambulatory surgery beds, and birthing bed for the obstetrics unit.

The Auxiliary is the only hospital service staffed entirely by volunteers. The most recognizable of its efforts is The Giving Tree gift shop located in the hospital lobby. The gift shop is the open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., most evenings and several hours on weekends. "Additional volunteers are always being recruited to open the gift shop more hours," reports Donna Holt, 2008 Auxiliary President.

The gift shop is the Auxiliary biggest fundraiser each year. Other projects include the annual holiday bazaar held around the first of December each year, book sales, jewelry sales and bakeless bake sales. A very successful fundraiser in recent years is the association with Pagliai's Pizza with coupon sales. Holt states, "We can't say enough about the support of Pagliai's. The Klaas family and all the employees at Pagliai's have been wonderful."

AuxiliaryFunds raised through the various projects are used to purchase equipment and make improvements to the hospital. The 2008 project is a two-year commitment to fund a pulmonary function machine for the respiratory therapy department. For visitors, the Auxiliary also purchased a coat rack to be used in the meeting rooms at the hospital.

As a member of the Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries (MAHA), St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary participates in the MAHA state project each year. The blood drives held each year at the hospital was initiated as part of a MAHA state project. Auxiliary members have also promoted women heart health, seatbelt safety, and in 2007 with the state project of Alzheimer's awareness, financed the purchase of $250 in Alzheimer’s materials for the hospital’s recreational therapy program.

Funds from the Auxiliary also are used to provide scholarships for those pursuing medical careers. Six scholarships were awarded in 2008: Emily Lipiec, Maryville; Cassie Merrigan, Barnard; Emily Schmitz, Parnell; Korri Schmitz, Parnell; John Seipel, Maryville; and Heather Simmerman, Conception Jct.

In 2006, the St. Francis organization was one of four hospital auxiliaries honored by the MAHA for their volunteer services to the health care community. The Auxiliary works closely with hospital administration to provide effective services to patients, families, visitors and employees at St. Francis. Their collaboration with St. Francis Hospital Foundation has been formalized through their joint hosting of the St. Francis Gala each year.

Current Auxiliary officers are: Donna Holt, President; Cathy Barmann, Vice President; Joan Marfice, Treasurer; Kathleen Dolph, Corresponding Secretary; Nancy DeMott, Recording Secretary; and Penny Harbaugh, Past President.

The next meeting of the St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary will be September 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hospital’s Hospitality Room. For more information, contact one of the Auxiliary officers or call the St. Francis Community Relations/Development office at 660/562-7933.

Scholarship Winners:

 Cassie Merrigan
Cassie Merrigan

 Emily Lipiec
Emily Lipiec

 Emily Schmitz
Emily Schmitz

 Heather Simmerman
Heather Simmerman

 John Seipel
John Seipel

 Korri Schmitz
Korri Schmitz

 

 
 
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