MCH Auxiliary Donates $25,000 to MCH Foundation

The Rose Garden at Mountains Community Hospital was the setting for this year’s installation of officers for the Mountains Community Hospital Auxiliary. High above the clouds, on a gorgeous day in the mountains, ten ladies were installed in various positions of leadership: Lorrie Hagen will serve as the new Auxiliary President for the coming year. She will be supported by the following ladies: Elaine Tipton, President Elect; Kathy Howe, First Vice President & Membership; Ronda Rynda, Second Vice President and Ways & Means; Marsha Reynolds, Third Vice President and Volunteer Coordinator; Christi Schneider, Recording Secretary; Jeanne Hoy, Corresponding Secretary; Pat Jongerius, Nominating Chair; Lydia Hill, Gift Shop Manager and Lynnda Kelly, Parliamentarian.

Also during the event, outgoing President, Jeannie Venturini, announced that the Auxiliary would be making a $25,000 donation to the hospital! Their donation will help the hospital purchase equipment for the Surgery Department and our Skilled Nursing Facility.

Three scholarship awards were presented, by Elaine Tipton, to hospital employees who are returning to school for additional education and degrees. Those receiving awards were Doris Affine, Kat Garcia and Laura Larson.

Volunteer Hour Coordinator, Nancy Clark presented pins to those ladies reaching various landmarks, according to the number of volunteer hours they contributed through the year. Even despite the pandemic, the membership provided an astonishing total of 2,374 hours of dedicated service, to our hospital! This equates to a monetary value of $68,000.

The MCH Auxiliary is a volunteer organization comprised of more than 60 members. In a typical year, the Auxiliary donates approximately 14,000 hours of their time and raises $25,000-$30,000 annually to help fund new equipment at the hospital. To date, they have given close to $600,000 to the hospital. “All of these women give generously of their time and talents to help make the hospital a better place and I look forward to working with the new administration,” says Kim McGuire, MCH Foundation Director.