A number of community members were elected to the Auxiliary board at OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center last quarter. With the recent change in leadership also comes a handful of announcements from the organization.
Shown in the accompanying photo are current Auxiliary board members (front row, left to right) Ellen Hathorn, Recording Secretary; Jan Blumenschein, Membership/Correspondence and Lauren Eberhard, Treasurer. Board members in the back row (left to right) include Don Johnson, Publicity/Health Advocacy; Pam Muzzarelli, President; Ron Callaway, Second Vice President and Karen Rhodes, First Vice President.
Wreath Auction Results
A total of 34 wreaths were donated to Heritage Woods of Ottawa for their annual Festival of Wreaths auction held this past December. Proceeds from the event totaled $960 and were donated to the Care-A-Van program at OSF Saint Elizabeth.
The program is staffed by the hospital volunteers and offers a method of transportation for patients living within 8 miles of the hospital in need of its services. The Care-A-Van typically makes several trips a week to Heritage Woods and transports its residents to and from the hospital for appointments. The wreath auction is a way for Heritage Woods to show appreciation for the free service.
Shown in the accompanying photo is Deb Pusateri, marketing director for Heritage Woods (second from left) presenting their donation to several hospital Care-A-Van drivers. From left to right, drivers include Roy Drake, Tim O'Brien, Barry Loomis and Frank Youngblood.
Family Room Donation
The Family Room is another community initiative, funded solely by donations, that is supported by the Auxiliary. The Auxiliary recently accepted a $500 donation toward the Family Room from The First Baptist Church of Ottawa and $1600 from Fairmount Santrol. Family Room volunteers Carole Larson (left) and Rita Emmert (right) are shown accepting the donation from Fairmount representative Mary Holloway (center).
The Family Room is a program that allows parents to exchange points earned by exhibiting healthy parenting behaviors for baby and toddler supplies, as well as laundry and cleaning products. To assist parents in earning points, The Family Room provides parenting education on healthy lifestyle choices for parents-to-be and parents of children from infancy to age 3.
Participation in the Family Room is strictly voluntary; however, all parents must first belong to the WIC (Women, Infant and Children) Program through the LaSalle County Health Department and reside in Eastern LaSalle County. The Family Room maintains a storefront at 1808 Seneca Drive and can be reached by calling (815) 431-9665.
Auxiliary Gift Shop Update
The organization announced the following hours have taken effect in the Auxiliary Gift Shop located in the front lobby at OSF Saint Elizabeth. The store will be open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be closed on Sundays.
In addition, the Gift Shop has resumed taking donations of gently used books. They may be dropped off with the volunteer staffing the register. In turn, used books will now be available for purchase inside the shop.
Uniform Sale Fundraiser
The Auxiliary will sponsor a uniform sale on Thursday, February 18 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. in Meeting Room 1 at OSF Saint Elizabeth. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Auxiliary and its fundraising efforts to support the hospital.
The fundraiser will be open to the public as well as hospital employees. The sale is expected to include a selection of scrubs, accessories, business attire and shoes including Dansko. Cash, check, payroll deduction and credit cards will be accepted.
About the Auxiliary
The Auxiliary celebrated 50 years of service in 2009 and serves to meet the mission of fundraising and generating donations toward purchasing state-of-the-art hospital equipment and supporting community initiatives. The Auxiliary raises money through various fundraisers as well as proceeds from its local business ventures, ReRuns and the Gift Shop. In addition the scrub sale, a Lionne Jewelry Sale is scheduled for May 11-12 in OSF Saint Elizabeth Meeting Rooms 2 & 3. The Auxiliary is also in the process of scheduling additional fundraising events. For more information, please call (815) 431-5432.