St. Anthony Regional Hospital Auxiliary recently installed officers for the calendar year. Serving as the organization’s 2019 co-presidents are Joleen Mooney and Sheryl Wernimont; Pat Hill and Mary Macke; Norma Schleisman and Marilyn Zimny; and Jan Potthoff and Linda Wernimont. Each set of co-presidents will serve for one quarter of the year, beginning with Mooney and Wernimont. Judy Mayer was installed as treasurer and Carolyn Ehlers will serve as recording secretary.
The hospital Auxiliary provides many services for St. Anthony patients and visitors, said Ed Smith, St. Anthony president and CEO.
“On behalf of everyone at St. Anthony, we say thank you to the Auxiliary for the many ways it touches the lives of our patients, residents, staff and all who visit the hospital,” said Smith. “Our volunteers are selfless, helpful, patient, kind and giving. St. Anthony Auxiliary members make our hospital and community a better place to live, work and raise our families.”
According to Smith, Auxiliary members interact with patients and their families regularly by operating the popular Coffee and Gift Shop, staffing the visitor reception desks in the atrium and surgery center, assisting with clerical duties in various departments, and assisting with community blood drives.
Auxiliary members also work diligently behind the scenes to provide additional care and comfort to patients. Many Auxilians offer their time and talent knitting or crocheting blankets, so every baby born at The Birth Place at St. Anthony goes home with a handmade gift. Also, Auxiliary members make prayer shawls, which are donated to the spiritual care program to provide comfort to St. Anthony patients.
“In addition to donating countless hours and items, the St. Anthony Auxiliary has also been a strong financial supporter of the hospital over the years,” said Smith. “We are grateful to Auxiliary members for their generosity and for contributing to the success of St. Anthony in numerous ways.”
The Auxiliary has donated more than $732,000 to major hospital projects, including the Alzheimer’s addition, The Birth Place, Education Center, Stork’s Nest, cardiac rehabilitation and enhancing cancer treatment at St. Anthony. The organization helps fill the need for many other donations, including equipment, toys and supplies throughout the hospital.
The Auxiliary’s scholarship program awards $600 scholarships to students who enter nursing programs from DMACC Carroll Campus, Carroll Kuemper Catholic High School and Carroll Community High School. The organization also contributes $500 to the Iowa Healthcare Education and Research Foundation statewide scholarship program and is a major sponsor of the St. Anthony Golf Classic annually.
Special fundraising projects throughout the year include sales of books and gifts, uniforms and scrubs, baked goods, linens, Scentsy products, Pampered Chef products, $5 jewelry events, and the Spring Fling style show.
There are currently 371 Auxiliary members who all play a vital role in the organization. For information about St. Anthony Auxiliary contact Kathie Luchtel, membership chair, at
Photo (l to r): Joleen Mooney, Sheryl Wernimont, Pat Hill, Jan Potthoff, Linda Wernimont, all co-presidents; Carolyn Ehlers, secretary, and Judy Mayer, treasurer. Elected leaders not pictured include: Co-Presidents Mary Macke, Norma Schleisman and Marilyn Zimny.
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