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11/2/09: Annual meeting showcases Emerson Hospital Auxiliary's record of accomplishments

The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary recently hosted its 85th annual meeting at the Nashawtuc Country Club. Denise Haartz, outgoing Auxiliary president, convened the business portion of the meeting. Each attendee was given a special program book reviewing the history of the Auxiliary. Haartz also introduced nine past presidents of the Auxiliary.

The Auxiliary’s year-end gift, combined with the hospital’s gift shop contribution, was $205,000. The gift was presented by Denise Haartz to John M. Lowe, III, Ph.D., chairman of the Emerson Hospital Board of Directors; Donna Grinnell, gift shop coordinator; and Sharon Knox, director of community services. This year’s donation included $5,572 in funds raised by a group of middle school students, Kidz Helping Kidz. The funds donated will contribute to a variety of programs at Emerson, including Bethke Cancer Center services, the pediatric intervention team, cardiac rehabilitation, transport wheelchairs, and caregiver scholarships.

Haartz also honored the many Auxiliary members who gave their time in 2009 to support patients at Emerson. Some of their contributions include “anti-ouch pouch pillows” (pillows that are hand-made and can be worn under the arm to minimize the discomfort of cancer therapy or surgery) and quilts, which were sewn and donated for cancer patients, and more than 800 teddy bears and 169 pillowcases, which were given to the pediatric intervention team.

During the meeting, Christine Schuster, president and CEO of Emerson Hospital, thanked the Auxiliary for the year-end gift and expressed her appreciation for the many members and their activities in support of Emerson.

Nancy Kingman, past president of the Auxiliary, introduced the new roster of Auxiliary officers for the 2009-2010 term (Anne Lehmann, president; Maryrose Sykes, treasurer; and Sally Bradford, secretary). The meeting also included a moving presentation by NewsCenter 5’s Kelley Tuthill, who chronicled her personal journey as a breast cancer survivor.

For more information about joining the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary, contact Karen McCarthy at 978-371-2133.