WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – St. Mary’s Medical Center would like to announce the creation of the new Auxiliary, which became official on October 28, 2008.
The Auxiliary is a non-profit, volunteer organization which focuses on giving support and assistance to our patients and community through various fund raising and approved functions and will operate exclusively for charitable, educational, and literary purposes. To help support their goals and mission the Auxiliary will focus on fundraising, receiving donations, and acquiring grants while the proceeds will help provide services to patients and the local community.
According to David Becker, Volunteer Manager at SMMC, the primary focus of the auxiliary will be to promote the health and welfare of the community, improving the physical comfort and mental well-being of the patients, and encouraging the recovery of patients by rendering volunteer services to them, their families, and their visitors.
The members will be offering assistance in various ways such as providing clothing to patients, spiritual resources, emotional resources such as grief counseling, food for families, developing programs such as abuse protection, and drug awareness, facilitate support groups for patients and families, and much more.
The Auxiliary is staffed with a wonderful group of individuals from various backgrounds and experience. The organization is operated exclusively by volunteers, the volunteer department, and four active board members. The board of directors are very active community volunteers and bring with them a tremendous amount of experience, dedication, and commitment.
The Auxiliary president, Suzanne Cameron, started with SMMC in July of 2008. Suzanne has 23 years of experience as a volunteer and served as the vice president of the Jupiter Medical Center Auxiliary. Alan Tiffenberg, Vice President, retired from the NYPD and the Palm Beach County school district while also volunteering in the adult emergency department here at St. Mary’s.
Ivan Ward, retired senior executive with Burdines/Macy’s, is also a volunteer in the emergency department at SMMC and has been very active with United Way. He and his wife also spend summers at Camp Sunshine in Portland, Maine, a camp for children with serious illnesses, and their families. Fernanda Conheeny, board secretary, has been a volunteer at SMMC since 2004 with the Pastoral Care department. She has spent her life as an educator, and currently gives her services to the Guardian ad Litem in the 15th Judicial Circuit.
Every volunteer makes a difference in the lives of the patients and our community and can expect in return for their time, the personal satisfaction, the inner consciousness of a job well done, and perhaps the most satisfying form of recognition is the day to day appreciation expressed by patients, hospital staff, and the community.