Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Names Scholarship for Long-Time Volunteer

The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently honored Diane Bisanar by naming a scholarship in her honor. The scholarship was announced at the Auxiliary’s summer luncheon when Bisanar stepped down as treasurer.

“Diane has been more than a long-time member of the Auxiliary,” says President Neal O’Shea. In 2009, Bisanar was recognized for contributing 14,500 hours of service to the Auxiliary since 1980. “She has been involved in many aspects of our organization. When she decided to retire as the Auxiliary’s treasurer, we wanted to honor her contributions to our success.”

O’Shea adds, “Establishing the Diane Bisanar Scholarship will make more funds available for students training for healthcare careers.”

A native of Easton, Bisanar and her husband, Jim, lived in Towson for 24 years. When her husband retired from his practice as a radiologist, the couple moved to the Eastern Shore.

“When I returned to Easton, several of my good friends were volunteering with the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary,” Bisanar remembers. “That seemed like the right place to get involved since I have known about the good work done at the hospital all of my life.”

Bisanar started volunteering in the hospital gift shop as a cashier. A few years later, a friend asked her to help out at what was then the Hospital Commission Shop. She was a member of the group of Auxiliary volunteers who were involved in designing the shop’s new building and its new image. The Easton-based resale shop became the Bazaar at 121 Federal Street in 2007. Bisanar continues to serve as the Bazaar’s finance chair, an important job for a retail enterprise that nets over $100,000 a year.

Details about the Diane Bisanar Scholarship are being developed and will be announced later this year.