Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian
Wednesday Evening, March 4, 1959
Hospital Patients Aided
Title: Auxiliary Gives 10,000 Hours In 10 Months of Service Work
Body: Members of the Southeast Missouri Hospital Auxiliary, holding their annual meeting Tuesday night in the hospital dining room, learned that they had contributed an approximate 10,000 hours of volunteer service to patients, visitors and staff members since last May.
Reports from each of the chairmen of the several categories were made, including separate accountings of the number of hours volunteer service given by their committee members.
It was related that the sewing committee alone, working largely in homes of members, had contributed 2863 hours to hospital services.
A letter was read from a Chaffee resident asking if she and other women from that community could participate in the auxiliary program.
Mrs. Chris Stiver, auxiliary president, explained to auxiliary members that those from Chaffee or any other nearby town, as well as women from Cape Girardeau are welcomed by the organizaiton.
Approval for a new auxiliary service was given by members. Under the program, office members will ask each entering patient for the specific church to which he belongs.
Each morning lists will be compiled and every minister in the city will be notified of any member of his congregation who has entered the hospital. This will be done by the hostess committee.
Herbert S. Wright, hospital administrator, announced that the hospital dining room will be open during designated hours in the afternoon for meetings by any community group. A charge will be made, with the proceeds to go to the auxiliary. Light refreshments will be served if desired, he said.
It was announced that the Floribunda Garden Club had provided plantings for the hospital landscaping project. Individuals have also contributed.
A "Handbook for Volunteer Services" prepared by offices and hospital staff members was distributed to auxiliary members. It contains purposes of the organization, volunteer requirements, hospital ethics, the auxiliary program and services and other information for members.
Officers who served during the first year of the organization were re-elected. They are: President, Mrs. Stiver; vice president, Mrs. T. G. Harris; recording secretary, Mrs. Stephen N. Limbaugh; corresponding secretary, Mrs. Jack Sheets; treasurer, Mrs. Wm Suedekum.
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