Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers Installed as MAHA Officers

Julie Wojcik and Deborah Hayes of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary were recently elected officers for the Maryland Association of Hospital Auxiliaries (MAHA). They were inducted into these roles during a ceremony held at the MAHA annual spring meeting in April.

Wojcik, who was inducted as MAHA  president, served a two-year term as president-elect with outgoing president Carole Kramer, a member of the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary. Hayes, who completed a term as corresponding secretary, was elected treasurer.

An Easton resident, Wojcik has contributed over 15,000 hours since joining the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary in 1988. In 1990, she began volunteering for Shore Regional Cancer Center, where she is volunteer coordinator. She served a two-year term as president of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary beginning in 2002. As a member of MAHA, she has served in many leadership positions, including serving on its nominating committee and serving as Region 5 chairman, budget chairman, special events chairman and as treasurer.

“Our involvement in MAHA and attendance at regional and national conferences give us information we can use to attract volunteers and to retain them once they join our auxiliary,” Wojcik says. “MAHA also helps us make contacts with vendors that offer high quality merchandise for our linen, book and jewelry sales, all of which raise money to benefit Shore Health System and the programs and services we offer in the community.”

Hayes, who lives in Easton, joined the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary in 1994 and has logged in over 6,000 hours as a volunteer at Shore Regional Cancer Center. She joined MAHA soon after becoming president of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary in 2004.

Hayes comments, “I was very impressed with the speakers and subjects presented at the conference and immediately became active with the organization, serving in a new position in continuing education for MAHA. I had a particular passion for continuing education as I had worked in this area in my career in association management.”

Hayes adds, “MAHA helps hospital auxiliary volunteers stay up to date about what is happening in healthcare at the state and national level. Having this information reinforces that I am doing something worthwhile when I give my time to our hospital auxiliary.”