Serving as the organization’s co-presidents are: Norma Schleisman and Virginia Sigwalt and Jan Potthoff and Linda Wernimont. Judy Mayer was installed as treasurer and Carolyn Ehlers will serve as recording secretary. Trish Roberts, Development Director, conducted the installation of the officers.
“The Auxiliary is an important part of St. Anthony as the members touch the lives of the people who visit and work in the hospital and nursing home from our patients to residents to staff,” said Ed Smith, St. Anthony President and CEO. “Auxiliary members interact with patients and their families regularly as they manage the Coffee and Gift Shop, assist at the visitor reception desk, and help with Mass in the nursing home. Our volunteers are selfless, helpful and giving.”
Auxiliary members also work diligently behind the scenes to provide additional care and comfort to patients. Many Auxilians offer their talent by knitting or crocheting blankets to gift to babies born at The Birth Place at St. Anthony. 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 to major hospital projects, including the Alzheimer’s addition, The Birth Place, Education Center, Stork’s Nest, Cardiac Rehabilitation and enhancing cancer treatment. The organization helps fill the need for many other donations, including equipment, toys and supplies throughout the hospital.
Every year, the Auxiliary’s scholarship program awards money to students from DMACC Carroll Campus, Kuemper Catholic High School and Carroll High School who enter healthcare programs. The organization also contributes to the Iowa Healthcare Education and Research Foundation statewide scholarship program and is a major sponsor of the St. Anthony Golf Classic annually.
Currently, there are over 300 Auxiliary members, each playing a role in the organization. For information about the St. Anthony Auxiliary, contact Kathie Luchtel, membership chair, at
Shown in the photo, left to right are: Judy Mayer, Carolyn Ehlers, Jan Potthoff, Linda Wernimont, Virginia Sigwalt, and Trish Roberts, St. Anthony Development Director. Not pictured: Norma Schleisman.
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