The Union Hospital Auxiliary has played a significant role in the growth of the hospital and meeting the healthcare needs of the Tuscarawas Valley for more than 65 years.
And the Auxiliary now has earned special recognition for its recent effort to assist with the construction of the new $17.7-million Union Hospital Lauren Emergency Center.
During its annual luncheon Monday in Dover, the Auxiliary presented the hospital with a $200,000 gift to complete its total pledge of $300,000 in support of the Emergency Center project. In appreciation of the donation, the Auxiliary will be recognized as the sponsor of the patient reception area inside the Emergency Center when it opens in early 2016.
“The people of the Tuscarawas County area are an extremely caring, giving community, and the Union Hospital Auxiliary are so dedicated and so caring in their commitment to the hospital,” said Bruce James, hospital president and chief executive officer. “I am amazed year in and year out how hard the Auxiliary members work, and I am not sure that I can say thank you enough to all of you.”
Since its formation in 1949, the Union Hospital Auxiliary has donated more than $3.5 million to the hospital for the purchase of patient care equipment and for hospital amenities. In the past 13 years, at least $100,000 per year has been raised by the Auxiliary, with more than $1.78 million donated overall in that span.
“Our gift of $200,000 this year allows the Auxiliary to pay off its $300,000 pledge for the new Emergency Center one year earlier than scheduled,” said Auxiliary President Kasey Rippel. “It is extremely gratifying for all of us to be surrounded by the entire Auxiliary family, since each member brings great talent, pride and dedication to the group.”
Auxilary fund-raising events held annually include the Chocolate Love A’fair, Tea in the Garden, Hanging Basket Sale, Rummage Sale, Fall Card Party, Christmas Tree Festival, Poinsettia Sale, Celebration of Lights, and other events. The Auxiliary also operates the Corner Shop Gift Shop located in the hospital’s main lobby area.
This year’s gift to the hospital was presented by Rippel and Lorrie Hawk, Auxilary treasurer, to James and Jim Knisely, president of the UH Board of Trustees.
“Our mission at the hospital is to be the best hospital we can be and provide the best care we can in our community, so that if any member of our family needs the hospital they will receive the best care possible,” Knisely said. “Your work as Auxiliary members is a very important part of that mission and your dedication is an example and symbol to the community of that commitment by the hospital.”
The Union Hospital Auxiliary always is welcoming new members and ideas for fund-raising events and programs. For more information contact any Auxiliary member or call Holly Ripple-Poole in the hospital’s Community Relations Department at (330) 364-0884.
Details about the Auxiliary also are available on the hospital’s website at www.unionhospital.org and on the Auxiliary’s page on Facebook.