Emerson Hospital Volunteers

Auxiliary

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Volunteering with the Auxiliary provides our intergenerational membership opportunities to connect with each other during fun social events and also provides a meaningful way to give back to the community through educational, fundraising and community programs. Join or volunteer with the Auxiliary today.

The Auxiliary’s efforts also support the community by:

Enhancing the patient experience

From handcrafting teddy bears that comfort our youngest patients and hanging art to create a warm and caring environment, to funding state-of-the-art facilities and advanced medical equipment, the Auxiliary strives to improve the patient experience in all areas.

Increasing awareness of hospital services

The Auxiliary holds special events for members and their guests in order to spread the word about Emerson Hospital’s wide range of high-quality healthcare services. These events include presentations at coffees, luncheons and evening gatherings.

Hosting programs that inform and educate

The Auxiliary offers programs to our community that feature Emerson Hospital’s well-respected medical professionals who share their expertise on current health and wellness topics.

Check and be involved in Auxiliary sponsored events.

Funding important initiatives to enhance care

Through the Auxiliary’s fundraising efforts, we’ve enabled the hospital to purchase technology for real-time communication among departments, cardiac rehabilitation equipment and programs, state-of-the-art 3D mammography, nursing education, and more.

Notably, recent Auxiliary contributions have supported:

  • The renovation of Emerson's level II special care nursery. This project created a more efficient and appropriate environment for those infants who are at risk of serious complications related to immaturity or illness.
  • The expansion of the Naka Infusion Center, which provides advanced care for patients undergoing infusion chemotherapy, patients with blood disorders, individuals requiring intravenous antibiotics, or those taking pain management medication.
  • A convenient MedSafe drop-off location in the John Cuming Building allowing the community to safely dispose of any unwanted prescriptions.
  • Domestic violence kits for victims who arrive in the emergency department without any personal effects.
  • Colorful superhero johnnies for children to wear during their hospital stay, hopefully making their visit a little bit more comfortable.

Join the Auxilary

One of our Membership Chairs will contact you to discuss your interests.   If you have any questions, please call us at 978-287-3019 or email at emersonauxiliary@gmail.com.

The Auxiliary’s rich history

Throughout the years, the Auxiliary has contributed significantly to Emerson Hospital:

  • At its founding in the 1920s, the Auxiliary raised critical funds to keep Concord’s 14-bed hospital operational
  • During the years of the Great Depression, the Auxiliary mended hospital linens and solicited donations to keep the hospital’s food pantry shelves full
  • Auxilians filled personnel shortages created by World War II by becoming nurse aides, washing dishes and tending to patient rooms
  • During the 1950s, the Auxiliary introduced a mobile gift cart and a book cart for patients. In addition, the Auxiliary initiated the Auxiliary Education Scholarship, designed to assist hospital employees in furthering their skills.
  • The Auxiliary funded the hospital’s first permanent gift shop and coffee shop in 1961
  • Auxiliary volunteers began to craft puppets to give joy and comfort to Emerson’s pediatric patients in the 1960s; this hugely successful project still exists today, providing handcrafted teddy bears
  • Auxilians use their fundraising capabilities to support important hospital programs through the purchase of items such as an EKG machine and a defibrillator
  • In the 1970s, the Auxiliary introduced a series of educational coffees designed to offer the community information on health-related topics

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EmerSong – An A Cappella Festival on February 29 to Benefit Emerson Hospital Program for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

1/23/2020
The Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital is pleased to present its 4th annual EmerSong – an A Cappella Festival to benefit Emerson Hospital’s behavioral health services. The community is invited to attend EmerSong on Saturday, February 29, at the Performing Arts Center in Concord.

Emerson’s Special Care Nursery Newly Renovated

12/26/2019
Extra comforts for newborns and parents in Emerson's special care nursery have arrived thanks to recent renovations.

Drop Off Box for Prescription Medications Now Available at Emerson Hospital

10/18/2018
Thanks to a gift from the Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital, Emerson now has a MedSafe kiosk where anyone can safely drop off their unused or expired medications any time of day or night.