Volunteers are Important!
When you volunteer with the hospital, you join the hospital auxiliary, a very important part of the hospital team. Volunteers feel it is a privilege to serve in the special environment of healthcare. Their support assists in providing the finest possible care and serves as a valued resource!
The hospital auxiliary was organized a month prior to the opening of the hospital in 1951. Primary activities of the auxiliary include operation of a gift shop and thrift shop, along with countless hours donated to monitoring the information desks. The auxiliary also provides direct support in various patient and non-patient departments, including the emergency department, physical therapy, transitional care unit, radiology, the Women’s Center and various departments throughout the hospital. All proceeds generated by the auxiliary are in turn donated to the foundation to support San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital.
- Formed in January 1951 (2 months before the hospital accepted its 1st patient)
- From 1951 to 1981—performed routine tasks such as serving at the visitors’ desk, making tray favors and having an occasional fundraiser. The auxiliary also operated a small showcase in the lobby with patient necessities, such as combs, stationery, snacks, etc.
- After the renovation and expansion of the hospital in 1978 (completed in 1981) the auxiliary opened a gift shop in the hospital lobby.
- In 1982 the thrift shop was opened in the Quonset Hut on the northwest corner of the hospital campus. In July 1998 the thrift shop moved to a 5,000-square-foot storefront in the Stagecoach Plaza at 3453 W. Ramsey in Banning. Profits from all of the auxiliary activities have been used to buy various hospital equipment and furniture. These include the electric doors in the lobby and much of the renovation of the physical therapy department in 1994.
- In 1995 the Auxiliary pledged $250,000 to the hospital foundation to kick off the $2.6 million Sharing The Vision Campaign to build the new Women’s Center. By the time the $3.7 million campaign was completed in 2002, the auxiliary had contributed more than $600,000.
- In addition, the auxiliary gives approximately $3,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors aspiring to attend college and major in any area of the medical profession. They continue to do additional projects, such as the recent purchase of 4 wheelchairs for patient use.
- Today there are approximately 125 volunteers, both men and women, donating over 35,000 hours annually. Members of the auxiliary are found throughout the hospital—at the front desk, in the emergency department, diagnostic imaging, physical therapy, transitional care unit, obstetrics, running the information desk, gift and thrift shops, and in assorted offices throughout the hospital. Their value of service is estimated at over $400,000 annually if the tasks they performed were to be done by associates.
- The auxiliary is a major contributor to the hospital foundation. They just completed the fourth year of a 6-year $500,000 pledge. In 1997 they were the hospital’s Perfect Partner and again in 2009.
- Their orientation and training consist of everything that an associate goes through, including patients’ rights, confidentiality, TB test, dress code, competency assessment, emergency procedures, CIHQ requirements, etc. They also participate in annual updates as required. They are covered under the hospital’s workers’ compensation (for medical only).
- They operate under their own bylaws and officers and maintain their own financial records, which are reviewed by hospital staff monthly.
The Auxiliary welcomes any questions or comments. If you are interested in serving with the Auxiliary, you may contact Penny Holstad, SGMH Auxiliary 1st Vice President, at 951-769-1359. Please note that all volunteer applicants must be at least 18 years of age.