Alex Collins Named President of Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

Alex Collins of Easton, a member of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, was recently elected as its president. Collins, who has served in a number of capacities for the Auxiliary since moving to the area in 1994, has a lengthy record of community service. Before being elected President, Collins served as a patient escort at Memorial Hospital and Vice President for the Auxiliary.

“I enjoy my time with the Auxiliary and look forward to working with my fellow volunteers to do what we can to help the hospital,” says Collins. “We are fortunate to have a very dedicated group of people who are passionate about what they do. I look forward to what we can accomplish together.”

A graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Collins received his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1963. A member of the Michigan and Colorado bar, Collins spent four years working in a Denver-based law firm before deciding to pursue his real passion of working in the outdoors. Collins had his own apple orchard in Michigan. He then served as president of two companies related to the fruit business. A member of the Army Infantry, Collins completed his military service in 1965 as Captain, receiving a commendation medal for his efforts.

In addition to his service with the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Collins was a past commodore of the Cruising Sailors of St. Michaels and past president and first vice president for the Michigan Horticultural Society. His current community service also includes volunteer work for Talbot Hospice. He also spent approximately 10 years as a crew leader with Habitat for Humanity Choptank.

“People like Alex are truly an inspiration to work with. Alex has quietly served the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and stepped up to help in whatever way he can,” says Patti Willis, Senior Vice President for External Relations, Communications and Marketing. “Mainstays like Alex Collins are truly at the heart of what we do as organization.We are so grateful for his continued service.”

Collins and his wife, Joan, have four children.

The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary was established in 1947 at the suggestion of the Hospital Board and its staff,. Fifteen civic minded women formed the nucleus of the then Junior Auxiliary. During the same year, units of the Auxiliary formed in Denton and Federalsburg. These units are now part of the main volunteer corps. Auxiliary volunteers have been instrumental in raising funds for many hospital projects.

Numerous volunteer opportunities are available with the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please call the Auxiliary Office at (410) 822-1000, extension 5839. You can also visit www.shorehealth.org/volunteers.

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