Neal O’Shea was recently elected for a two-year term as president of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. O’Shea, who has been first vice president of the Auxiliary since 2008, served his first term as president from 2006 to 2008.
O’Shea joined the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary as a volunteer in January 2005, a few months after he and his wife, Pat, moved to Easton from Richmond, Virginia. “I saw this as a great opportunity to meet people in our new community and to do some good at the same time,” he says. He volunteers several days a week at the hospital Information Desk in addition to serving as Auxiliary president.
Before he retired from full-time employment in 1992, O’Shea was senior vice president for the International division of Jiffy Lube. He lived in Paris for three years and oversaw operations in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Prior to his 12-year career with Jiffy Lube, O’Shea held financial management positions with Concord Fibers in Columbia, Maryland and the Coating Division of Dutch Boy Paint, Inc. in Baltimore. He also worked in public accounting for 10 years in the New York City area. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bryant College in Providence, Rhode Island and earned an MBA from Loyola College in Baltimore.
The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary volunteers work in patient care areas in the hospital and at outpatient facilities around the Mid-Shore region. The Auxiliary makes a substantial contribution to Shore Health System and Memorial Hospital through a variety of fundraising activities including the annual Tree of Lights campaign and Maggie’s Gift Shop at the hospital. The Auxiliary also operates the Bazaar at 121 Federal Street, an upscale retail shop in Easton that generates over $100,000 in sales every year.
“Our volunteers work hard to make sure that we have resources to give to the hospital for equipment purchases and programs that support the community,” O’Shea says. “One of my goals is to help the Auxiliary’s board of governors learn more about the hospital’s services so that we can make good decisions when we are asked to fund a project or new technology.”
O’Shea is pleased that people who are moving to the Eastern Shore are choosing the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary when they are looking for a way to contribute to the community. He says, “When I moved to Easton, several organizations contacted me about becoming a volunteer. I want the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary to be the first choice for newcomers who are ready to get involved.”
In addition to his work with the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, O’Shea serves on the board of St. Mark’s Ministry to the Aged.
For more information about volunteering with the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5839.