For Immediate Release: April 25, 2014
The AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus Auxiliary celebrated its 40th anniversary April 24 with a “Moments to Remember” dinner at the Historic Smithville Inn – the same location in which a small group of women first met to discuss forming the Auxiliary. The evening of sharing Auxiliary highlights and history included honoring founding members, past presidents, and “Auxilian of the Year” awardees. Since its founding in 1974, the Auxiliary has raised more than $2 million to benefit patient services. During the anniversary celebration, the Auxiliary presented the hospital with $40,000 – the first installment of the $500,000 pledge it made in December.
Galloway Mayor Don Purdy congratulated the Auxiliary, and shared a letter from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Purdy also read from a township proclamation declaring April 24 as AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus Auxiliary Day in Galloway.
Irene McMichael, of Mays Landing, offered fond memories of the Auxiliary’s founding. She recalled serving as the first president, from 1974 to 1976, at the urging of the late Ethel Noyes, who, with her husband, Fred W. Noyes, Jr., developed The Historic Smithville Inn and the surrounding Towne of Historic Smithville. “I was on the nominating committee,” explained McMichael. “We held our first meeting and when it was over Ethel promptly disbanded the committee and told me I was president. I had four children. I was in school. But Ethel said, ‘If you want to get something done, you should ask a busy person.’ I took it to heart,” McMichael explained. “I looked at what we needed. I was fortunate to have some of the most talented women working alongside of me.”
The hospital’s Mainland Campus opened the year after the Auxiliary formed. McMichael recalled seeing the construction of the campus in 1974 and noted the current construction for the hospital’s $62.5 million transformation/modernization project as proof of the need for the Auxiliary’s support, and of the hospital’s commitment to the community. She added, “But a building is only as good as the people in it. You couldn’t ask for a more passionate and caring group of people.”
Lori Herndon, executive vice president, AtlantiCare, and president and CEO, ARMC, thanked the Auxiliary, and Linda Stanton, who has served as president for eight years and also served in the role from 1978 to 1980. She presented artwork “Lavender Grass,” by artist Carol Hess Plimpton, of Cherry Hill, to the Auxiliary, in recognition of the Auxiliary’s commitment to AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program. “Thank you for your invaluable support over the last four decades, and for all you continue to do,” she said.
Jim Kilmer, assistant vice president, clinical services, AtlantiCare, noted the Auxiliary’s first donation was to the hospital’s Radiology Department. “All we had then was x-rays. That gift laid the foundation for the state of the art department that performed 112,000 radiology exams in 2013.”
“Forty years ago, it was through your support that we were able to bring much needed medical services to this community, and today your support is enabling us to expand on that blueprint,” said Margaret Belfield, chief operating officer, ARMC. “As we celebrate the Mainland Auxiliary’s 40th anniversary, we reflect on all the joys and the wonderful memories that you’ve woven into our organization.”
ARMC’s Mainland Auxiliary has raised funds for patient services throughout ARMC including the Roger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth, the Heart Institute, and the Progressive Cardiac Care and Acute Care for the Elderly units. Among donations it has made to ARMC Mainland campus are the Joie de Vivre statue, which stands at the entrance to the Roger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth; medical equipment and supplies; clothing; teddy bears for distribution to patients with invasive breast cancer; staff education; and other programs and services.
For more information about the AtlantiCare Mainland Campus Auxiliary, call the AtlantiCare Access Center, at 1-888-569-1000, visit www.atlanticare.org, or find AtlantiCare on Facebook.
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446,
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