The Cass Regional Medical Center Auxiliary has been honored by the Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries for their volunteer services. The award was presented on Thursday, Nov. 2, at a luncheon during the Missouri Hospital Association’s 95th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Osage Beach, Mo.
Cass Regional’s Auxiliary was selected 2017 “Auxiliary of the Year” in Category 1. The organization’s members were recognized for outstanding service between June 30, 2016, and June 30, 2017.
The volunteers were recognized for their exceptional efforts as an auxiliary representing a hospital with between one and 30 licensed beds. In 2016, the auxiliary’s 68 volunteering members donated 14,961 hours of service to the hospital. In addition to their contribution of time, the group’s fundraising activities allowed $14,018 in contributions to priority projects, including nearly $6,000 for hospital equipment and $1,500 in scholarships for local students.
The Auxiliary also operates the Hospitality Cart, which provides refreshments to patients and visitors, and the Helping Hands Project, which provides handmade comfort items, such as cough pillows, rice bags, walker caddy bags, lap throws, shawls and hats, to Cass Regional patients who need them. In 2016, patients received 1,542 items, which were made and donated by several groups and individuals from the region.
Three times a year, the Auxiliary members work to raise awareness by encouraging patients, visitors and staff to place ribbons on a tree in the hospital’s rotunda to honor and remember those affected by heart disease and cancer. Through their Celebration of Life tree during American Heart Month in February, their Cancer Remembrance Tree in June, and their Breast Cancer Awareness Tree in October, the group raises funds to support the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, and Susan G. Komen. The group also provides significant volunteer support and donations to Cass Regional Medical Center Foundation, helping fund additional equipment purchases and the Patient Assistance Fund.