Date: 2/1/2007

St. Mary Medical Center Auxiliary donates thousands, installs officers

St. Mary Medical Center Auxiliary has presented an $87,000 check representing monies raised from hospital projects throughout 2006. The presentation took place Jan. 16 in the hospital’s Waterfall Café during a breakfast to install the auxiliary’s new officers.

“We are blessed to have this fantastic group of volunteers working with us to help St. Mary Medical Center carry on in the forefront of medicine. Without our auxiliary and volunteer base, we would not be where we are today,” said Milt Triana, Administrator of St. Mary Medical Center.

St. Mary Medical Center Auxiliary has worked to raise the funds through various efforts including book fairs, jewelry and candle sales, luncheons, a holiday bazaar, raffles and a luncheon. Funds also were generated from the auxiliary-run Garden Café, gift card and the gift shop.

Funding is earmarked to support the Intensive Care unit project and the Surgical Endowment Fund. St. Mary Medical Center is planning a major, multi-year expansion of its surgical program. Part of that commitment includes making sure residents who need a specialized surgery or even a more common one benefit from new technologies and new surgical techniques. Such advances are making surgery safer, less invasive, and offer the promise of a quicker recovery and a higher quality of life.

John Gorski, Senior Vice-President of Operations for Community Healthcare System said, “It is imperative that we make sure residents who need specialized surgery — or even a more common one — have access to the latest medical advances — close to home, family and work. Surgery,
after all, reaches people of all ages, from children to teens, parents and grandparents. Medicine has made amazing advances in surgery that require smaller incisions and less time in the operating room, offering quicker, safer recovery times for patients.”

“Our hospital values dictate that we strive to provide the best care possible to the communities St. Mary Medical Center serves,” Triana said. “Gifts, such as this, to the St. Mary Medical Center Department of Surgery Endowment Fund will help ensure that the hospital is able to acquire the latest surgical technology and expand on its surgical program.”

Taking over the helm to continue the auxiliary’s great works are the new 2007 officers. Jan Raymond will serve as president; John Burton, 1st vice-president; Kay Roos, 2nd vice-president; Linda Young, treasurer; and Dorothy Fabian, recording secretary.

For more information about becoming a member of the St. Mary Medical Center Auxiliary, call Sr. Mary Ellen Goeller at 219-947-6020.