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News SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary has Fall General Meeting

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary has Fall General Meeting

St. Louis,

As submitted by Norma Borgmann, Treasurer of Auxiliary

Chairperson Sandy Beguelin, Shirley Brady, and Tom Walsh (three board at-large members) hosted the St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary's fall general meeting on Wednesday, October 19th in the auditorium.  The attendance included 44 members and six personnel. 

President Brenda Altadonna convened the attendees at 11:30 p.m. in the room that was transformed into an autumn-enhanced dining area as decorated by the hosts.  Nut/candy corn cups and a St. Mary's Hospital Foundation's mug were favors at each place setting in addition to the printed program booklet.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Vice President Dee Howe.

Sister Andrea Chudzik, Director of Mission, offered the meal blessing.  A delicious pork chop/sides luncheon, prepared by the culinary staff, was enjoyed.  Tasty seasonal desserts were provided by Beguelin, Brady, and Walsh. 

Shawna Bullard, Administrator of Fund Development for St. Mary's and Good Samaritan Hospitals, was introduced by Altadonna and then presented Auxiliary member, Georgia Haas, with a special certificate as the newest "Values in Action" recipient.  Haas volunteers many hours a week at the front desk area.

The business session began with a reminder that the secretary's minutes from the last general meeting in May as written by Secretary Connie Griner are found in each respective service area.  Treasurer Norma Borgmann gave the treasurer's report. The Gift Shop financial report was expressed by Betty Scarbrough.  Howe announced that three new volunteers have been trained and working already in their preferred service area.  Also, Howe shared that a total of 7,660+ hours have been accumulated by volunteers since May.

SERVICE AREAS' UPDATES were given by the following chairpersons or a designated representative:

  • Information Desk—Altadonna, subbing for Dee Dee Atteberry who was on medical leave.
  • Escort—Delores Murphy
  • Gift Shop—Toni DeBernardi, subbing for Gayla Corrigan who was working in such area.
  • Intensive Care Unit—Sandy Beguelin
  • Library—None given in Alan Page's absence.
  • Cancer Center—Geri Kratzer
  • Nutritional Services—Altadonna reported in John During's absence
  • Same Day Surgery—Barb McCaskey

There continues to be a definite need for more volunteers in all of the eight service areas.

Standing Committees' Reports:

Ways & Means—Betty Reuter, who is responsible for arrangements on the trip to Ireland on May 8-17, 2017 via Collette Travel, gave a verbal report.  This Auxiliary fund-raiser is still available to the public and contact Reuter @ 532-6683 for more information.

Bazaar—Co-Chair Borgmann, on behalf of such steering committee including Co-Chair Beth Koester, Barb Rohner, and Kay Swartzlander, reminded all of the Bazaar on November 17th and 11/16 being the set up day.  Several teams of volunteers have been selling quilt & grocery gift cards' raffle tickets @ IGA, Buchheits, and the hospital in the last 2 months.  Borgmann expressed gratitude to the public's support too. Two themed raffle baskets, filled with gift cards and items as donated by various Auxiliary members, were on display and will re-appear at the hospital on Nov. 1st, 8th, and 17th. 

Nominating—Chairperson Shirley Williams thanked that committee publicly and presented the nominations of Ann Dunn as Membership Secretary plus Betty Reuter and Betsey Cain for the two board members at large positions. The three ladies were approved.  The remaining officers and board members at-large will continue in their respective terms for 2017.   

St. Mary's Hospital Director of Foundation and Volunteer Services Scott Niermann acknowledged the Auxiliary members with gratitude for the significant number of service hours given towards the patients at St. Mary's Hospital.  He proudly announced that the volunteers' participation at St. Mary's Hospital-Centralia was recently ranked #1 amongst all the hospitals within the SSM Group according to the Volunteer Partnership Survey.  Niermann also thanked the members who were involved in the different interviews a few weeks ago with an outside consultant necessary in the hospital's researching of future Foundation objectives. He also shared some pertinent information about the progress of the hospital's improvement project, including an update about the in-house Dialysis service which was the Auxiliary's 2016 major designated gift site destination.

Sister Andrea expressed thanks for those members who attended the Mission Days on September 30th and/or October 4th.  Several positive comments were shared about such event.

Before adjournment, door prizes as follows were awarded to Toni Hellmeyer—fresh fall centerpiece, Marcia Hoffman, Jane Miles, and Bob Schueler—seasonal gift bags, and Polly Raines, Betty Scarbrough, and Dee Atteberry—gift cards to local businesses.  

The next gathering of the Auxiliary's general membership will be held as a Brunch on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.