Kremmling Hospital auxiliary looking for community liaisons from across Grand County
In 1976 Laureen Myers along with six other women saw a need to help out the hospital with clerical support as well as to comfort patients and their families. They formed the Auxiliary with Laureen installed as the first president. They began right away answering phones, visiting with patients, delivering flowers daily and even operating a gift cart.
Laureen is still involved today as an auxiliary member serving for 32 consecutive years. The volunteer organization’s functions have expanded to include fundraising, granting medical education scholarships, medical equipment donations and operational equipment such as kitchen fixtures and room decor.
“We would like to return more to our fundamentals of patient interaction such as we were in the past, but we are challenged due to a limited pool of available people in the community,” Laureen said.
Currently, there are 14 active members of the auxiliary. Ten of those members are hospital employees. The goal is to recruit more community members creating a member base that can better provide a liaison relationship between the hospital and the community.
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“We want to increase community awareness of hospital services through local events and personal communications with friends and neighbors,” Laureen said, adding that the Auxiliary should be the voice of the communities serviced by Kremmling Memorial Hospital and its clinics both in Kremmling and in Granby.
In 2007 the Auxiliary granted three $1,000 scholarships; one to a West Grand student and two to Middle Park High School students, all with interests and aspiring to careers in the medical field, (and hopefully interests in returning to Grand County after their training one day).
“We are a county-wide organization in that respect, not just at the hospital in Kremmling,” Laureen said, pointing out that all Grand County communities benefit and suggesting people from all over Grand County join the Auxiliary.
One of the biggest fundraisers is the Sweetheart Dinner and Dance scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9, at the CSU Extension Hall at the fairgrounds in Kremmling.
“This is a fun event that is always well attended,” Laureen said.
The primary purpose of the dinner dance is to raise funds for the 2008 scholarship base. (Tickets are still available for $30 each and can be purchased by calling Leslie Jones or Sherri Solawetz at 724-3442 or by contacting other members.)
Laureen says that it’s not too late to join the Auxiliary to take part in the organization and hosting of this event.
“Our enrollment is open all the time,” she said reminding people that the Auxiliary has opportunities for junior members as well as for women and men from all over the county.
Those who join the Auxiliary are given the opportunity to develop new interests, expand their social network and derive deep satisfaction from assisting others through compassion and active involvement in the community.
“Satisfaction of helping people and making new friends is a benefit of membership,” says Laureen.
Hats off to Laureen Myers and all those who selflessly serve others.
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