Auxiliary Members Make a Difference for Our Patients, Community

Posted 5 August 2014 1:14 PM by TCAuthor3

By Elaine Gast, Shawano Medical Center Volunteer Coordinator

Although the Shawano Medical Center Auxiliary has been in existence for 65 years, the original mission of the Auxiliary has remained constant -- to help the hospital provide valuable services to the community and serve as a "bridge" between the community and the hospital.

As SMC’s volunteer coordinator, I have been fortunate to have a first-hand look at what this group of dedicated and hardworking volunteers does for the hospital and what it means to our patients, employees and community.

From every gift purchased for a patient in the gift shop and, Pillow Pal rice bags made for a patient in pain to scholarships for a student in the health care field and donations made to high school chemical-free graduation parties, the Auxiliary members continue to make a difference for our patients and our community.

The Auxiliary’s recent donation of $25,000 and additional pledge of $10,000 a year for the next four years to the hospital’s Living Well Together Capital Campaign is yet another instance of their dedication to the future of health care in this community. This is the largest donation to the hospital in the history of the Auxiliary. Because the donation is being given to the hospital through the capital campaign, the SMC Foundation is matching the donation and therefore turning it into a donation of $130,000.

So when you shop at the Wolf River Boutique or at one of the Auxiliary’s fundraisers, you will know you are supporting a wonderful group of volunteers who do so much for our local hospital and community.

If you’d like to join the Auxiliary or for more information, contact Elaine Gast at (715) 526-7207 or