HMH Auxiliary & Volunteer Services
Providing Comfort to Walker County Patients & Families
For over 60 years, the Huntsville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has been
an integral part of the hospital services. From running the gift shop,
developing craft projects, and transporting patients, to providing ready
smiles and encouragement to patients and visitors alike, this group of
volunteers has shown the true meaning of service to others. Huntsville
Memorial is truly privileged to have this dedicated group of men and women
volunteering in our facility.
History of the Huntsville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary
The Huntsville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary was established in 1955 when
Mrs. Charles Lindsay approached James Jackson, then Huntsville Memorial
Hospital Administrator, with the idea. Mrs. Lindsay was elected President
at the first meeting in January 1956, and the group immediately joined
the Texas Association of Hospital Auxiliaries.
The Auxiliary initially formed a sewing group, library committee and social
services group, whose projects included mending linens, monogramming blankets,
making puppets, operating a book cart, and assisting the mobile x-ray unit.
During the 1960's, the volunteers petitioned the County Commissioners
to hold a bond election for building a 35-bed Chronic Care Facility. After
Walker County voters passed the bond resolution, the addition to the hospital
building on Avenue O began and was completed in 1964. The Auxiliary funded
the furnishings for two patient rooms in the new wing. Other projects
in the 1960's and 70's included dispensing Sabin oral vaccines
against polio to Walker County residents, opening and staffing a snack
bar in the hospital, developing a junior volunteer program, establishing
scholarship funds for nursing students and developing an auxiliary newsletter.
A long-standing project of the Auxiliary has been providing scholarships
to assist nursing students. Through a donation from the late educator
Dr. Margaret Powell, the Auxiliary established a four-year scholarship
fund in 1984 for Walker County high school students planning to pursue
a college degree in health care. Other scholarships have also been awarded
to students in the hospital’s Joe G. Davis School of Vocational
Nursing, and the Auxiliary has held receptions for the graduating students.
Special grants have been given to students working towards an RN degree.
The Auxiliary continues its tradition of raising funds for hospital projects
through book fairs, jewelry sales, bake sales, vending machines, and gift
shop sales. These sales have allowed the Auxiliary to purchase needed
equipment and to fund renovations in many areas of the hospital.
Joining the Huntsville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary
The Auxiliary includes approximately 60 active members and we are always
looking for others who would like to give their time and energy to the
people of our community. Some of the most common duties include working
the gift shop, the OR waiting room, the ER waiting room, the information
desk, patient mail deliveries and transporting/discharging patients.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with the Huntsville Memorial
Hospital Auxiliary and would like to know how to be a part of this organization
please fill out this form: Volunteer application form (002).doc and contact
Sherry Smith, Huntsville Memorial Hospital Volunteer Liaison, at (936)
291-4599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your health, Our community, Our commitment. Contact us today to learn more
about joining our dedicated and compassionate team of volunteers.