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Caring for you is a collaborative mission at St. Catherine Hospital.

As a non-profit hospital of Community Healthcare System, we rely on the generous support of individuals, foundations, corporations and others to help our extraordinary doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals give you the best care every day.

Your support through giving or volunteering is important to us.

As we have given to the community in many ways over nearly a century, we are grateful to the community and all who give back to our hospital and programs through direct donations, event participation, fund-raising or volunteering.

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of kids and families.

Ways to Give

Donations to St. Catherine Hospital are 100 percent tax-deductible. Your contribution may be directed to a specific purpose, or designated as unrestricted.

We know each person’s circumstances and interests in giving may be unique. Gifts may be made in honor of a special occasion or individual.

Download a Donation Form

If you would like to talk about planned giving or a variety of other donation options at St. Catherine Hospital, call: 219-836-0130.

St. Catherine Hospital Auxiliary

St. Catherine Hospital Auxiliary received its charter in 1958 to help the hospital achieve its goal to provide quality care to its patients and the community.

The Auxiliary operates the Gift Shop and provides essential volunteer services to St. Catherine Hospital. Its members assist with hospital fundraising and provide scholarships to students pursuing careers in healthcare.

Over the years, the Auxiliary has raised nearly $3 million through their philanthropic work.

All proceeds benefit St. Catherine Hospital patient care services, healthcare scholars and the community. To get more information on how you can make a difference or become a member, call: 219-392-7031.

Volunteer to Make a Difference

Men and women of all ages and walks of life, and teens who are 16-years and older, can volunteer to be part of the St. Catherine Hospital family.

There are many ways you can play a part in quality patient care.

We do our best to match your unique interests and talents with unique opportunities in many hospital settings, so you will have a rewarding volunteer experience. As a volunteer, you may be asked to assist with many of the services that contribute to extraordinary care for our patients and our commitment to community.

Our mission calls us to care for our patients with compassion, respect and kindness.

Download a Volunteer Application

Download a Student Volunteer Application

Volunteer Opportunities

Areas of volunteer service at St. Catherine Hospital include, but are not limited to:

  • Administration
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Community Outreach
  • Visitor & Patient Escorts
  • Eucharistic ministers
  • Filing
  • Flower Delivery
  • Fundraising
  • Gift Shop
  • Human Resources
  • Information Desk
  • Sewing Room
  • Special Events

Application Process

The application process for adult volunteers will include a completed application, two reference forms, an interview and orientation. St. Catherine Hospital will conduct a criminal background check. You will also be asked to have a TB test and take a yearly flu shot.

Orientation & Training

Volunteer training may include attending a structured group Hospital and Department orientation program. Orientation is conducted on a one-on-one basis.

Attendance at an annual review and OSHA in-service is mandatory upon acceptance as a volunteer.

To learn about upcoming training dates, contact Volunteer Services: 219-392-7031.

Benefits for Your Gift of Time

Volunteering your services at St. Catherine Hospital will be uplifting for you and our extraordinary healthcare team.

As a token of appreciation for your gift of talent and time, we’ll share these benefits:

  • Uniform provided by the hospital at time of original commitment
  • Free meal up to $5 on days with four hours of service
  • Various Appreciation events
  • Hospital wellness programs
  • Discounted membership to Community Hospital Fitness Pointe
  • Skills Training
  • Initial Tuberculosis screening (PPD) at no cost
  • Flu vaccines to active volunteers
  • Free Parking
  • Discount of 15 percent on hearing aid purchases made through Audiology Services at Community Hospital.
  • Discount at Theatre at the Center, Munster, by showing volunteer ID badge

Service pins are awarded at an annual Awards Luncheon for each 100 hours volunteered, until 1,000 hours are reached and for each 1,000 hours, thereafter.

Scholarship Awards

St. Catherine Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Program is funded through the Auxiliary's Gift Shop sales, fundraising events, and St. Catherine Hospital Wings of Healing Program. Donations to the SCH Auxiliary Scholarship Program are welcomed.

In June 2016, the St. Catherine Hospital Board of Directors also launched the Jo Ann Birdzell Scholarship Fund for employees of St. Catherine Hospital to pursue education to fulfill the hospital’s mission to care for the poor and underserved.

If you would like to make a contribution, call: 219-392-7600.

For information on the Scholarship Program, call: 219-392-7031.

Click Here to download the Scholarship Guidelines & Application.

Wings of Healing

CEO Jo Ann Birdzell announces the names of those who are being remembered and honored during the 2015 Wings of Healing angel illumination ceremony at St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago.It’s been said that some will hear a bell ring when an angel gets its wings.

The St. Catherine Hospital annual Wings of Healing angel illumination ceremony is held during the holiday season to honor or remember loved ones.

The program, held in the main lobby, features holiday music, a guest speaker and an “Angels of Hope” tree lighting celebration.

For every angel hung on the tree, a $10 donation is made to the St. Catherine Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Program. For a $25 donation, a Wings of Healing angel ornament is mailed to the honoree with an invitation to the ceremony and a note about the donation.

Angels of Hope ornaments are a beacon for our future, as well: More than $100,000 in scholarships have been awarded to help “Angels in Training” pursue educational opportunities for careers in healthcare.

Download a Donation Form

To learn more about Wings of Healing and Angels of Hope program, call: 219-392-7009.