FMH Auxiliary Donates $20,000 to Hospital
Funds will go toward a refurbished breast-health-themed NorthStar ambulance
June 9, 2014
Auxiliary officers installed for the coming year include from left: Priscilla Smith, Lois Smith, Mary Harris, Jean Rand, and Dawn Girardin. Shannon Smith absent at time of photo.
A donation to Franklin Memorial Hospital (FMH), scholarship announcements, committee reports, and the installment of new officers were just a few of the actions taking place at the annual meeting of the Franklin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary on June 4.
Kamilla Hall, Auxiliary president, presented Rebecca Arsenault, FMH president/CEO, with a gift of $20,000 to refurbish a NorthStar ambulance this fall that will be theme-painted with messages on breast health and will adorn the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center logo. Arsenault applauded the work of the Auxiliary and the many gifts Franklin Memorial Hospital has received from the charitable group. “I hope you realize how much we fully appreciate all the hard work you do and the support you give to this hospital,” she said. “On behalf of the board of directors, the medical staff, employees, and the community, thank you for all you have done and thank you for being there for us.”
Among the reports, Caroleen Caldwell, chair of the scholarship committee, announced the six recipients of the Auxiliary’s West Central Maine Health Careers Scholarship Program. The following nursing students will each be awarded a $600 scholarship: Bethany Masse of East Dixfield, Cassandra Hutchinson of New Vineyard, Alexandra Harnden of Strong, Althea Mae Drummond of Livermore Falls, Randi Duguay of Jay, and Shula Yeaton of West Farmington.
Kitty McDonald reported that 80 individuals had made reservations for the upcoming community tea on June 11 at Franklin Memorial Hospital. The tea, which is free and open to the public will include a 15-minute presentation by Dr. Jay Naliboff, refreshments, and live entertainment by the Narrow Gauge String Band.
Jill Gray, staff liaison to the Auxiliary, installed the following officers for the coming year: Dawn Girardin, president; Jean Rand, 1st vice president; Mary Harris, 2nd vice president; Lois Smith, secretary; Priscilla Smith, treasurer; and Shannon Smith, assistant treasurer.
The hospital’s gift shop is the Auxiliary’s major fundraiser in its mission to provide financial support by purchasing equipment that the hospital would like to have—but cannot fit into its budget. The Auxiliary also raises money by way of membership dues, raffles, Bag Ali sales, memorial stones, dances, food and book sales, special events, and the Remembrance Tree during the holidays.
Anyone interested in joining the Auxiliary can receive a membership form by contacting Gray at 779-2555.
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