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Shore Health Recognizes the Value of Volunteers

Robin Hood Volunteers (400 x 178)The need for medical care is a need that most everyone will experience at some point throughout the course of a lifetime. Whether it is routine, preventive care, diagnostic testing or specialized medical care required in a more serious or emergent situation, receiving quality medical care and treatment is the expectation of most people when such a need arises.

Rightfully so, most people correlate quality medical care with the medical professionals providing it or perhaps the facility in which the care is provided; however, it is rare that one stops to think about the community members who make that care possible through their support of local health care programs and services, both financially and through their dedicated efforts of volunteerism. In most local community hospitals, such support is provided by auxiliary members, often referred to as “The Pink Ladies” for the bright pink jackets they wear while on duty, although most hospital auxiliaries presently have both male and female members, volunteers and representation on their boards of directors. Shore Health takes pride in the support of its two very active hospital auxiliaries whose members work tirelessly to help achieve the System’s mission to deliver exceptional care, every day, which is why various volunteer appreciation events have taken place in recent weeks, in celebration of National Volunteer Month, annually observed in April.

Since its establishment, the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton, MD, Inc. has been instrumental in raising funds for various hospital projects and services. Auxiliary funds are primarily raised through sales at Maggie’s Gift Shop, located at the hospital, and at the Bazaar at 121 Federal Street, which accepts donations of gently used clothing, accessories and small household items that are resold at reasonable prices. Both retail establishments are managed and staffed by auxiliary volunteers. In addition, auxiliary volunteers are a resource in clinical areas both at the hospital and offsite, providing assistance to staff members, patients and visitors in multiple areas. Free blood pressure screenings are also provided to the community by Memorial Hospital at Easton Auxiliary volunteers every Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. until Noon at the Diagnostic and Imaging Center located at 10 Martin Court in Easton.

The Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary has worked to raise funds for Dorchester General Hospital since its founding, primarily through retail sales at the Hospitality Shop, located at the hospital, and The Robin Hood Shop, a thrift shop located at 416 Race Street in Cambridge, which recently celebrated its 56th year as a presence in the community. Auxiliary volunteers manage and staff both retail establishments. Auxiliary members also provide free blood pressure screenings at the hospital twice weekly on Tuesday and Friday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Volunteers can also be seen assisting staff, patients and visitors in multiple areas of the hospital.

It was once said that “The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.” For more information about volunteer commitment opportunities at either Dorchester General Hospital or the Memorial Hospital at Easton, visit www.shorehealth.org.

Maggie's Volunteers (400 x 300)In photo at left:  Memorial Hospital at Easton Auxiliary volunteers Joyce Kent and Edith Hayman greet shoppers at Maggie’s Gift Shop.

In photo above (From left to right): Ida Jane Baker, President of the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary, with Robin Hood Shop volunteers Jean Baker, Shirley Moore, Helen Travers, Clara Evans, Joann Dixon, Agnes Hurley, Vera Block, Debbie Thomas and Peggy Anderson.

 

 

Robin Hood Shop Holds Annual Spring Fashion Show

Group Shot 2 (400 x 223)The Robin Hood Shop recently held their annual spring Fashion Show at Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary’s general membership meeting and luncheon. Shop volunteers modeled spring fashions that can be found at Robin Hood including clothing and accessories such as jewelry, hats and handbags. Pictured modeling some of the Shop’s merchandise are volunteers (from left to right) Joy Loeffler, Carole Kramer, Gloria Whaley, Shelly Riley, Jo Ann Dixon, Patti Blankley, Jean Wright, Debbie Thomas, Vera Block, Diane McCarthy, Herm Kramer and Lucy Willey.

The shop, operated by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary, offers gently used clothing, accessories and household items. Shop hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. For more information about the Robin Hood Shop or volunteer opportunities, call (410)228-6339.

Robin Hood Shop Celebrates Its 56th Birthday

IMG_0412 (400 x 274)The Robin Hood Shop, located at 416 High Street in Cambridge, will be celebrating its 56th birthday with a Birthday Event on Tuesday, March 12th from 9am-4pm. Pictured with new spring and summer merchandise available for purchase at the event are Robin Hood Shop volunteers, (from left to right) Helen Travers, Lillian Nugent, Barbara Jones, Alice Saxelby, Peggy Anderson and Sue Murrell.

The shop, operated by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary, is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. For more information about the Robin Hood Shop’s 56th Birthday Event or volunteer opportunities, call (410)228-6339.

Dorchester General Auxiliary Installs New Officers

DGHAuxOfficers2013 (400 x 300)The Auxiliary of Dorchester General Hospital hosted their General Membership Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers.

Serving as elected officers in 2013 are Ida Jane Baker, President; June McKelvey, 1st Vice President; Joy Loeffler, 2nd Vice President; Alexandria Snell, Recording Secretary; Dick Hargis, Treasurer; Janet Lawrence, Membership Dues Secretary; Nancy Gale, Financial Dues Secretary; and Susan Buscemi, Corresponding Secretary; and Members at Large Doris Brohawn, Candace Shannon and Nancy Spicer. Those serving on the Nominating Committee are Doris Brohawn (Chairman), Jean Baker, Patti Blankley, Diane McCarthy and Nancy Spicer.

In addition to their volunteer efforts at the hospital, the Auxiliary, currently comprised of 235 members and volunteers, is responsible for income generated for DGH services through the Hospitality Shop and the Robin Hood Shop in Cambridge, which in 2012 experienced its most lucrative year since 2009.

For additional information about DGH Auxiliary projects or to become a volunteer, contact an Auxiliary member.

In photo: Pictured at the 2013 Installation of Officers are (front row, left to right) Dick Hargis, Treasurer; Nancy Gale, Financial Dues Secretary; June McKelvey, 1st Vice President; Ida Jane Baker, President (back row) Patti Blankley, Nominating Committee; Nancy Spicer, Member at Large; Janet Lawrence, Membership Dues Secretary; Alexandria Snell, Recording Secretary; Joy Loeffler, 2nd Vice President; and Diane McCarthy, Nominating Committee.

Christmas Shopping Season Begins November 6 at Robin Hood Shop

The Robin Hood Shop’s annual Christmas Showcase begins on Tuesday, November 6 at 9 a.m. Featured merchandise will include Christmas decorations, toys, gift items, clothing and fashion accessories. The shop will be closed on Monday, November 5 to prepare for this annual event.

Shoppers who come to the Christmas Showcase on November 6 can also purchase raffle tickets to win a basket of holiday-themed prizes. The showcase will continue through the holiday season with new merchandise available daily.

Volunteers from the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary operate the Robin Hood Shop, located at 416 High Street in Cambridge. Proceeds from the shop benefit programs and services of Dorchester General Hospital.

The Robin Hood Shop is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information about making a tax deductible donation and joining the Auxiliary as a volunteer, call 410-228-6339.

In photo: Preparing for the Robin Hood Shop’s Christmas Showcase are (left to right) robin Hood Shop manager Helen Travers with Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary volunteers Lee Boyce and Lucy Phillips.

DGH Auxiliary Recognizes Volunteers

Volunteers from the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary were recently honored for achieving service milestones. Twenty-one Auxiliary members received awards for their lifetime hours of service with a combined 4,630 hours of service.

Lee Boyce and Sue Murrell topped the list with 7,000 hours. Recognized for 6,000 hours of service were Carole Kramer and Yoshi Smith; Mildred Lewis for 5,000 hours; and Janet Lawrence, Suzanne Press and Charlotte Wheatley for 3,000 hours.

Other honorees were Alexandria Snell and Virginia Stine for 2,000 hours; JoAnn Dixon, Pat Hurley and Laura Schultz for 1,000 hours; Pat Allen, Debbie Asmussen, El Doris Graham and Pamela Pinder for 500 hours; and Pat Dean, Lucy Phillips, Gloria Smith and Jeannie Wroten for 250 hours.

“Our volunteers are truly the backbone of this organization and we are so grateful for all that they do to help us to carry out our mission of providing exceptional care, every day,” says Patti Willis, Senior Vice President for External Relations, Communications and Marketing for Shore Health.

In photo: Service award honorees pictured at the fall luncheon of the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary are (left to right), seated, El Doris Graham, Yoshi Smith, Lee Boyce, Awards Committee Chair Sue Murrell and Virginia Stine; standing, Carole Kramer, Mildred Lewis, Alexandria Snell, Lucy Phillips and Jeannie Wroten.

 

Robin Hood Shop Models Showcase Summer Fashions

Volunteers from the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary showcased summer fashions from the Robin Hood Shop at their annual Fashion Show. The models showed off outfits suitable for a lunch date, a day at the office and evening out on the town. Fashions included gently worn dresses and pant suits from Chico’s, Talbots and other name brand designers.

Master of Ceremonies for the show was Carole Kramer. Musical accompaniment was by provided by Gordon Bugby.

Visit the Robin Hood Shop located at 416 High Street in Cambridge for quality women’s, men’s and children’s clothing at wallet-saving prices. The shop also features an assortment of fashion accessories, gifts and housewares. Proceeds from Robin Hood Shop sales benefit the programs and services of Dorchester General Hospital.

The Robin Hood Shop is open for shopping and to accept donations Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm and Saturday, 10am. to 2pm. For more information and to learn how to become a Robin Hood Shop volunteer, call 410-228-6339 or visit www.shorehealth.org/volunteers/dgh-aux.shtml.

In photo above: Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary volunteers model fashions available for sale at the Robin Hood Shop. Models from the annual Fashion Show are (left to right) Vera Block, Lucy Willey, Joy Loeffler, Jo Ann Dixon, Carole Kramer, Shelley Hurley, Jean Wright, Herb Kramer, Patty Blankley, Yoshi Smith, Lee Boyce, Pat Hurley, Gloria Whaley and Pat Dean.

In photo: Model Lucy Willey is ready for summer fun as she walks the runway at the annual Robin Hood Shop Fashion Show.

Ida Jane Baker New President of Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary

Ida Jane Baker of Vienna and Cambridge, recently elected president of the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary, has made a career out of service to others.

“One could say I’ve been a volunteer my entire career, “says Mrs. Baker, who has been an active member of the Auxiliary for over five decades. “I get a great deal of satisfaction in serving my community and am honored to lead such a worthy organization. I am happy to serve as President, and especially look forward to working with my fellow board members who have stepped up to serve along with me. Together, I know we can get a great deal accomplished.”

A graduate of Cambridge High School, Mrs. Baker has spent her life serving as a volunteer in the Dorchester County community. In addition to her service with the Auxiliary, she was a founding member of the Dorchester General Hospital Foundation and has served as its President since 1993. She is also a past member of the DGH Board of Directors, having been elected for three terms for 12 total years of service. She is a member of Christ Church in Cambridge and has served in various leadership positions throughout the parish. She is a longtime member of the Cambridge Yacht Club, former board member and Treasurer among other offices of the Dorchester Arts Center, a founding member of the Ward Museum, life member of the DCHS and volunteer in numerous other civic organizations.

“Volunteers like Ida Jane are truly the backbone of our organization and we could not be more grateful for her dedication and service,” said Patti Willis, Senior Vice President for External Relations and Development for Shore Health System. “Our community is blessed to have her and the example of service that she provides.”

Married for 62 years to Russell Baker, Jr., she and her husband raised two children while actively engaged in life on a farm, a life that also allowed her to fully engage in community service.

The Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary has been in existence since 1920 and, when initially formed, was made up of representatives from each church in Cambridge. Today, the Auxiliary has 252 members, which include active, inactive and honorary members. The Auxiliary’s fundraising efforts and proceeds from sales at the Hospitality Gift Shop and the Robin Hood Shop have been used to support programs and services provided at Dorchester General Hospital.

Numerous volunteer opportunities are available with the Auxiliary. They include blood pressure screenings, serving at the Hospitality Shop, Robin Hood Shop or DGH Information Desk or working with the Surgical Hostess program. For more information about volunteer opportunities with the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary, call 410-228-5511 ext.8455, contact any member of the Auxiliary and visit www.shorehealth.org/volunteers/dgh-aux.shtml.

DGH Auxiliary Gift Adds Physical Therapy Equipment In Cambridge

Shore Rehabilitation at Cambridge now has a highly versatile piece of equipment that is used for physical therapy at the Sunburst Center in Cambridge thanks to a donation from the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary.

The Keiser® Infinity Trainer is used by physical therapists to help patients recover strength, balance and range of motion following surgery, injury and illness.

The Infinity Trainer uses air-pressurized resistance, which can be adjusted to accommodate the needs of each patient. Patients can work their arms, legs and torso through supervised exercises designed just for them.

Physical therapist Patrick Mooney, PT, explains, “We use the Infinity Trainer to accommodate our patients’ physical weaknesses until they are strong enough to do the exercises on their own. The Infinity Trainer is convenient and efficient because we can use one machine to help people do many different kinds of exercises. ”

Shore Rehabilitation at Cambridge located at 15 Sunburst Center in Cambridge offers physical, occupational and speech therapy for children and adults. For more information, call 410-221-0029 or visitwww.shorehealth.org/services/rehabilitation/index.shtml.

In photo: Vera Block, president of the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary, learns first hand how physical therapist Patrick Mooney and his colleagues at Shore Rehabilitation Services at Cambridge use the Keiser Infinity Trainer during a physical therapy session. The DGH Auxiliary funded the purchase of this equipment.

Christmas Shopping Season Begins November 15 at Robin Hood Shop

The Robin Hood Shop’s annual Christmas Showcase begins on Tuesday, November 15 at 9 a.m. Featured merchandise will include Christmas decorations, toys, gift items, clothing and fashion accessories. The shop will be closed on Monday, November 14 to prepare for this annual event.

Shoppers who come to the Christmas Showcase on November 16 will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The showcase will continue through the holiday season with new merchandise available daily.

Volunteers from the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary operate the Robin Hood Shop, located at 416 High Street in Cambridge.  Proceeds from the shop benefit programs and services of Dorchester General Hospital.

The Robin Hood Shop is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information about making a tax deductible donation and joining the Auxiliary as a volunteer, call 410-228-6339.

In photo: Volunteers from the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary preparing for the Robin Hood Shop’s Christmas Showcase are (left to right) Carole Kramer, Debbie Thomas, Jo Ann Dixon and Helen Travers.