Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital Auxiliary marks 125 years of service
(Fredericton) September 12, 2016 - The Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital Auxiliary, the oldest continuously operating hospital auxiliary in Canada, is celebrating its 125th anniversary.
"We appreciate the Hospital Auxiliary for its dedication and support," said John McGarry, President and CEO of Horizon Health Network. "As we help them celebrate this important milestone, we express our sincerest gratitude for their important fund-raising work over the years."
The auxiliary's financial commitment to the hospital is made possible through funds generated from the hospital Gift Box, the Coffee Shop and the DECH Auxiliary Hair Care Centre.
Louise Corey is president of the auxiliary. "It is a privilege and extremely inspiring to work alongside a group of individuals who so freely dedicate their time and expertise to improving the lives of others," she said. "Going forward, we plan to do all we can to exceed the expectations of New Brunswickers who deserve the best that health care facilities like ours have to offer."
The auxiliary recently completed a project that provided over $70,000 worth of equipment and renovations for the Healthy Aging and Rehabilitation Program at the Veterans Unit. It also raised $50,000 for new equipment in the Lab.
In June of this year, as its 125th anniversary project, the auxiliary committed $106,000 for the purchase of A1c and Serum protein electrophoresis analyzers for the Laboratory Medicine department. Since 1990, it has donated over $4.6 million to enhance patient care.
The auxiliary has a distinguished history. In 1891, Lady Alice Tilley, wife of New Brunswick's lieutenant-governor, established a Hospital Aid Association to assist with hospital visitation and the collection of funds and items for the ongoing operation of the facility. As time went on, the association became more active and in 1924 provided funding for its first major project - a motorized ambulance to replace the horse-drawn variety.
The current hospital auxiliary has 43 members who contributed 7,599 volunteer hours last year. In addition to their major fund-raising initiatives, they host occasional raffles and food sales, along with vendor markets for staff three or four times a year.
The auxiliary will be celebrating its 125th anniversary on Wednesday, September 14, with a luncheon in the Cornish Rooms at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital.