The hospital auxiliary has a long history of service to the hospital and community as a volunteer organization designed to assist with special projects fundraising. We offer meaningful involvement in support of the hospital promoting a healthy community and an opportunity to meet new people. Fundraising events are held throughout the year and volunteer assistance is needed with these projects.

MHA celebrates National Healthcare Volunteer Week
President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974, as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Since then, the original emphasis on celebration has widened; the week has become a nationwide effort to urge people to get out and volunteer in their communities. Every April, charities, hospitals and communities recognize volunteers and foster a culture of service. Join your peers nationwide during this year's National Healthcare Volunteer Week, April 23-29. This is an opportunity for you to recognize the integral role volunteers play in improving patient engagement, patient experience and quality. SMDH thanks all the Auxiliary members for their hard work on fundraisers that help our hospital to fulfill projects that our tax dollars cannot be stretched to cover.

Our next fundraiser is Shoe Road Productions has been postponed until Tuesday, June 27, 2017 due to weather conditions. Masquerade Jewelry is scheduled on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at the Dent County Fire Station. See all the upcoming fundraisers by clicking here.

Volunteers are also needed to serve in areas throughout the hospital where you can "Make a Difference" in the lives of patients you serve. Duties could include decorating for holidays or special occasions, answering department telephones or transporting and assisting patients to departments within the hospital.

Please take a moment and consider joining Salem Memorial District Hospital Auxiliary when it meets September through May on the first Tuesday of each month. Meetings have moved to the Salem Community Center @ the TCRC building on J Highway beginning at noon. With lunch provided, a short business meeting is included, and is completed within a one hour timeframe.

A special holiday luncheon is held each December to show appreciation for the efforts of the auxiliary members.

Projects SMDH Auxiliary completed in the past include:

(43) Flat Screen TV for all hospital patient rooms and long term care resident rooms;
SunSetter motorized awning for long term care patio;
All new decal design for 2 new ambulances; and Staxi chairs for the Emergency department;
Contribution for wall decorations for extended and remodeled long term care dining room;
(2) $500 scholarships to graduating seniors entering the healthcare field.

Total fundraising in the past few years has exceeded $35,000 for the projects listed above.

If you're interested in becoming a member, for more information contact:
Teresa Whelan at 573-729-3831
Karen Brown at 573-729-5917 ext. 4005