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About the St. Mary Medical Center Auxiliary

St. Mary Medical Center opened in Hobart, April 1973. The Auxiliary was already in existence for 20 years at that point, having formed in 1953 at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Gary.

Today’s Auxiliary donates more than 39,000 hours of service a year to the hospital. The Auxiliary hosts numerous fund raising event each year and operates the hospital Gift Shop. All proceeds benefit St. Mary Medical Center patient care services and the Auxiliary Helping Hands Scholarship Program.

Become a Volunteer

Looking for a worthwhile volunteer opportunity that can truly make a difference? The St. Mary Medical Center Auxiliary has been making a difference in the lives of individuals and in the health of our community for over 60 years. Please join us and become a part of this wonderful experience.

Our volunteers are involved in:

  • Employee Health
  • Eucharistic Ministers
  • Friendship Tea
  • Fundraising
  • Gift Shop
  • Human Resources
  • Information Desk
  • Intensive Care Waiting Room
  • Joint Care Academy
  • Laboratory
  • Mailroom
  • Pastoral Care
  • Registration
  • Surgical Waiting Room
  • Visitor & Patient Escorts

Volunteer benefits include:

  • Uniform provided by hospital
  • Skills training
  • Free meal during service hours
  • Appreciation Events
  • Wellness Programs
  • Flu Vaccines (when available)
  • 15% discount on hearing aid purchases made through Audiology Services at Community Hospital
  • Discount at Theatre at the Center, Munster

Orientation Schedule

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, we invite you to attend one of our monthly orientation sessions:

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Conference Room 3

Monday, August 21, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Conference Room 3

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Conference Room 3

Volunteer applications are available at the Information Desks located at the West and East entrance of the hospital. Or you may download an application:

When completed, bring to orientation or mail to:

Teresa Pedroza, Volunteer Services
St. Mary Medical Center
1500 S. Lake Park Avenue
Hobart, IN 46342

If you have any further questions, please contact Teresa Pedroza at (219) 947-6011.

St. Mary Medical Center Gift Shop

Hours: Monday thru Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The hospital gift shop, located off the West Lobby, offers a unique selection of affordable gifts, including: fresh flowers, clothing, jewelry, perfume, greeting cards, stuffed animals, candles, purses, sewing items, snacks and convenience items. The shop is staffed by volunteers.

Fund Raiser Schedule for 2017

Jan 26 – 27: TJ Uniforms
Feb 1: Rise ‘n Roll
Feb 9-10: Collective Goods (Formerly Books Are Fun)
March 8: Rise ‘n Roll
March 24: Outside the Box
April 12: Rise ‘n Roll
April 21: Highland Jewelers
May 1 – 2: TJ Uniforms
May 23: Rise ‘n Roll
June 16: Chicagoland Popcorn
June 27: Rise ‘n Roll
July 13: Jewelry is Fun ($5 sale)
August 11: Rise ‘n Roll
Aug 31 - Sept 1: TJ Uniforms
Sept 20: Rise ‘n Roll
Oct 4-5: Collective Goods (Formerly Books Are Fun)
Oct 12 – 13: Carline Leather
Oct 25: Rise ‘n Roll
Nov 3: Jewelry is Fun ($5 sale)
Nov 8: Electronics Fundraiser
Nov 21: Rise ‘n Roll
Dec 1: Highland Jewelers
Dec 8: Chicagoland Popcorn
Dec 21: Rise ‘n Roll

These events benefit St. Mary Medical Center and its endeavors to enhance the quality of services to our community. Payments accepted include payroll deductions (only eligible employees), cash and credit.

Scholarship Program

St. Mary Medical Center Auxiliary Helping Hands Scholarship Program is funded through the Auxiliary’s Gift Shop and fund raising events. Donations and memorials to the scholarship program are welcomed. A named scholarship can be awarded if a donation(s) of $500 or more is made in memory of someone.

Send contributions to:

Teresa Pedroza, Volunteer Services
St. Mary Medical Center
1500 S. Lake Park Avenue
Hobart, IN 46342

In 2016, eighteen students pursuing a degree in healthcare were awarded a scholarship. Scholarship applications typically are available from early February and are due by the end of March. Recipients are notified by May and awarded the scholarship in June.

The 2017 Scholarship Application process is now closed.