Whenever you visit Upson Regional Medical Center, you are likely to see the smiling faces of Auxiliary members in just about every corner of the facility.
The contributions of this group add up to priceless donations to the hospital and the community. In 2013, alone, the group donated more than 18,540 hours of service, the equivalent of right at 10 full-time positions. Auxiliary members serve in many ways throughout the hospital.
There are currently 95 active members, who donate their time and talents escorting patients, assisting with admissions, delivering patient gifts, operating the Gift Shop and providing comfort measures to patients and their families.
Upson CEO David Castleberry says the Auxiliary provides support in necessary and important positions that otherwise would have to be hired. “It would cost us far more than $100,000 to hire and pay the benefits and wages to fill the volunteer positions,” he said. “The Auxiliary is a vibrant and vital part of this hospital and this community.”
In addition to time and spirit, the Auxiliary donated in 2013 more than $53,000 to purchase five pieces of lifesaving equipment, including a high-definition Glidescope for newborns with obstructed airways
“This equipment donated by the Auxiliary makes a difference in the lives of our patients,” said Women’s Services Leader Brandie Kilcrease. “While you can put a price tag on how much the equipment costs, you cannot put a price tag on what it means to us and to our patients.”
Since its inception in 1950, the Upson Regional Auxiliary members have displayed an unwavering commitment to the mission of Upson and the communities it serves.
Castleberry said, “We are most thankful for the invaluable support the Auxiliary provides to the community and to this hospital. The spirit and generosity of this incredible group of men and women is truly remarkable, and it makes a difference in the lives of our patients every day.”
If you are interested in joining the Auxiliary, please call 706-647-8111 ext. 1185 or stop by the front desk or the gift shop to pick up an application.