Million Dollar Milestone

January 23, 2012 by URMC Admin

The Upson Regional Medical Center Auxiliary surpassed milestone in 2011 when the group’s donations to the hospital tipped over the million dollar mark.

In recognition of the major milestone, Board Chair Norman Morris presented the group with a Proclamation of Auxiliary Appreciation Week.

“These dedicated people represent the best in community service,” said Morris. “More than donations of money, they give of their time and their spirit to make Upson Regional Medical Center the compassionate center of care that is today.”

Formed in 1950, a year before the hospital opened it doors, the dedicated volunteers have given generously of their time and talent to make Upson a great place to receive care.

The Auxiliary initially was sponsored by the Thomaston Kiwanis Club under the direction of Dr. John D. Blackburn, Chairman. An Organizing Committee was established for the purpose of urging all women of Upson County to join. The membership, after organization, was 325 and dues were $0.50 per year.

Through the past 60 years, the Auxiliary has facilitated a bookmobile, operated the switchboard, established two information desks, and worked as volunteers in various departments, operated the Gift Shop and ran many other errands to make the hospital operate efficiently.

The generous donations over time add up to support the hospital’s needs. Through the years, Auxiliary donations have purchased more than 200 pieces of lifesaving equipment ranging from wheelchairs to crash carts and nursery isolettes to operating room bronchoscopes.

“The members of the Auxiliary are unsung heroes that support a number of fundraising initiatives that benefit the Hospital,” said David Castleberry, CEO.

Today, the Auxiliary generates its charitable income from a variety of sources, among them, sales at the Gift Shop, memorial gifts and donations for holiday Lights for Life tree decorations.