McPHERSON HOSPITAL AUXILIARY HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS
Volunteerism played a role in the hospital in the years prior to 1954… "Grey Ladies" and individuals during the war era served in supplemental service roles. Since the organization of the Hospital Auxiliary in February, 1954, volunteers were cast in a "starring" role where they have remained and will, quite obviously, remain through the years to come.
The McPherson County Hospital opened in 1921 and served the community well with skill, integrity, and dedication on the part of physicians, nurses, and other personnel. However, by late 1953, no major expansion, remodeling, nor modernization had been undertaken. One can well imagine the deterioration of the building, both internal and external, and the absence of equipment and furnishings in that time span. Concern over the state of the hospital was evidenced throughout the community and thanks to Mrs. E. C. (Mary) Mingenback, things began to change.
Mrs. Mingenback issued an open invitation to women of the community to meet in her home to discuss the condition of McPherson Hospital and appealed to all present to join forces to "get something done". On the spot, the Hospital Auxiliary was formed! At the organizational meeting, 42 women responded, annual dues of $.50 were established, by-laws were written, needs were enumerated and work areas were assigned on a priority basis.
The first year of concentrated team work and dedicated efforts by Auxilians brought about a "new" look to the hospital. However, while re-draping, repairing, patching, and painting, a community awareness program was launched which brought about a complete remodeling and modernization of the facility through a petition for a $400,000 bond issue. The voting results were overwhelmingly successful, but with rising costs of both labor and materials, an additional $66,000 was needed to furnish all patient rooms and public areas. The Auxiliary raised this amount through memorializing all the areas. Again, in 1963, when the hospital added a 52-bed Geriatrics Wing, the Auxiliary supplemented the allotted funds by memorializing all patient rooms and public areas.
The building of the new hospital started in 1969 and it quickly became obvious that funds again would not be sufficient to complete construction and equip and furnish the hospital. A "Project Completion" fund drive was chartered by the Auxiliary which provided an additional $332,000. Numerous other items of need have been purchased for the hospital through successful fund raising events by the Auxiliary.
Many things have changed since 1954… the "Grey Ladies" became the "Pink Ladies" in 1954 and remained the pink ladies until just a few years ago. They are now the "Teal Ladies". The Gift Shop has moved several times, each time to a better and bigger location. The Craft and Sewing Workshop has moved numerous times… now located on 2nd Floor of the Annex, which happens to be part of the "old" McPherson County Hospital. Membership grew from 42 in 1954 to 500 in 1974. Gradually, over the past 10-15 years, membership has dropped, mainly due to younger men and women working until retirement. Current membership is approximately 200, but we have a very strong and dedicated group of men and women.
Throughout the years, McPherson Hospital Auxiliary has followed in the footsteps of the wonderful 42 ladies that formed the Auxiliary in 1954. Our current Auxiliary members continue to sponsor fund raising projects as well as donate their time in many areas of the hospital. Thousands of dollars have been donated to McPherson Healthcare Foundation and McPherson Hospital for numerous projects and events. Whether it is 1954 or present time, the focus has never changed. The Auxiliary is dedicated to the support of McPherson Hospital.
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HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER
The only thing needed to become a volunteer is the desire to help people. At McPherson Hospital we focus on helping our patients and visitors as well as our hospital staff. There are many different areas of the hospital to volunteer your time and by meeting with me we can choose the area that suits you the best!
If you like to be around people, the Information Desk would be a perfect place. If you like retail and shopping, the Gift Shop might be just for you. If you like to be busy, but prefer to be away from the crowd, the Business Office or some sort of office work may be the area you prefer. Special projects and events, from bake sales to corporate health fairs, are some of the other things we do that you may have an interest in.
Volunteer opportunities are available in the following areas:
E.R. Information Desk
Hess Fitness Center
Lobby Information Desk
Special Projects and Events
If you are interested in becoming an Auxiliary member, listed below are three types of memberships:
|Active (25 hours per year)||$5.00 per year
|Non-active||$10.00 per year
|Life||$100.00 (one time fee)
Name tags and teal vests or jackets are required and are supplied by the Auxiliary. There is also an optional corporate wear dress code, but the expense for a corporate shirt would be your responsibility.
Volunteers must abide by the volunteer dress code, must sign a HIPAA confidentiality statement, and must complete a volunteer application. All volunteers who are working will receive FREE coffee or tea and a 25% discount in the hospital dining room and flu vaccinations. All members will also receive a copy of the newsletter Volunteer News and Views Happenings newsletter each month and invitation to the quarterly luncheons.
For more information contact:
Lori Koehn, Director Volunteer Services
1000 Hospital Dr.
McPherson, KS 67460
620-241-2251, Extension 255
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"VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR" AWARD PROGRAM
Congratulations to Jeanne Norstrom!
Volunteer of the Year, 2012
Congratulations to Dorothy Purdy!
Volunteer of the Year, 2011
Congratulations to Pat Bruce!
Volunteer of the Year, 2010
Congratulations to Gwen Gately!
Volunteer of the Year, 2009
Congratulations to Deneen Krehbiel!
Volunteer of the Year, 2008
Congratulations to Ann Minor!
Volunteer of the Year, 2007
Congratulations to Donna Unruh!
Volunteer of the Year, 2006
Congratulations to Diana Holloway!
Volunteer of the Year, 2005
Volunteer of the Year Policy
Accepted November 8, 2006
Revised June 13, 2013
Criteria for selection:
Attend 3 quarterly meetings during the year
Volunteer 250 hours during the year
Assist with one fundraiser each year
Assist with one special project each year
Abide by the Volunteer Services policies and procedures
Criteria will be kept on a calendar year basis by the Director of Volunteer Services. The Volunteer of the Year will be selected by the Selection Committee consisting of the Volunteer Services President, Director of Volunteer Services and one Volunteer Services Board member appointed by the DVS.
If the above criteria are met by a volunteer, the Department Director of the department in which the volunteer works will be requested to provide a recommendation regarding the volunteer. This recommendation will also be used in the selection process by the Selection Committee.
The Selection Committee will meet in March to review criteria and letters of recommendation. Presentation of the Volunteer of the Year award will be made at the April Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.
Volunteer of the Year award:
Recognition in the McPherson Sentinel newspaper, hospital newsletter and hospital website
Volunteer of the Year pin
Framed picture of recipient
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VOLUNTEER DRESS CODE POLICY
Revised August, 2012
The following dress code is mandatory for all Volunteers working within McPherson Hospital, Inc. The dress code may be altered for special events with the approval of the Director of Volunteer Services and/or Volunteer Services President.
Teal colored sleeveless vests and/or long sleeved teal jackets and name tags will be provided by McPherson Hospital Volunteer Services and distributed through the Director of Volunteer Services.
- Dress Code #1
- Teal vest or jacket
- White or black polo shirt, turtleneck or blouse with short or long sleeves
(no sleeveless shirts)
- Black, white, khaki or navy full length slacks
(no shorts or capris)
- Nice denim jeans (any color)
- Casual shoes
- Name Tag
- Dress Code #2
- Corporate shirt or blouse from an approved vendor with Volunteer Services Logo, any color (orders placed through Director of Volunteer Services and paid by Volunteer)
- Photo ID badge (ordered by Director of Volunteer Services through McPherson Hospital Human Resources Department)
- Slack, jeans, shoes – same as Dress Code #1
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