It's been a momentous year for the Hannibal Regional Auxiliary. The year culminated with a presentation to the Hannibal Regional Foundation of more than $98,000 raised by the auxiliary in 2016.
"We're so appreciative of the relationship that the healthcare system has with the auxiliary and how we work together to provide care here in Hannibal," said Hannibal Regional Healthcare System President and CEO Todd Ahrens.
He was one of several people who commended the work of auxiliary members — 270-plus people who volunteered more than 24,000 hours of service in 2016, equal to $550,000 in service to the healthcare system.
Auxiliary President Karen Sutor said she was proud of the work the auxiliary achieved in 2016.
"It takes all of us. It's amazing for a small hospital, how big we act," she said.
The lion's share of the funds raised will help pay for a linear accelerator at the James E. Cary Cancer Center.
The linear accelerator allows for quicker and more precise treatment for cancer patients. The $3 million project was partially funded through the Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation Believe Campaign, which included a grant from the Mabee Foundation. The Auxiliary made a six-year commitment to donate more than $80,000 per year to help pay for the linear accelerator. Monday's donation marks the third installment of the six-year obligation.
"It's hard to believe that it's been two years since we've had the linear accelerator and think of all the lives you've touched and saved with your generosity," said Wendy Harrington, President and CEO of the Hannibal Regional Foundation.
She praised the auxiliary members for their hard work on a variety of tasks — large and small — during the year.
"It all adds up and our community is the one that benefits," she said in her remarks during the annual end-of-year event, held this year at Fiddlestiks.
The funds raised also go to department wish lists, coloring books, flowers for patients, memorials, puppets, memory boxes and scholarships.
"That just shows how big impact we have, not just on the hospital but in the community," Sutor said. "And we really have a lot of members who have a passion for what we do."
Thirty-four new members were welcomed into the auxiliary in 2016.
Sutor said the auxiliary draws on the expertise and interests of each member, putting them where they are most needed and will make the most impact.
"There's a lot of opportunity, whether you want to do a lot or a little bit," Sutor added.
There are several areas within Hannibal Regional Healthcare System where volunteers are needed, including activities with patients, the James E. Cary Cancer Center, Hannibal Children's Center, two gift shops and others.
The Missouri Hospital Association named Hannibal Regional Auxiliary as Auxiliary of the Year for 2016. The award was given by the Missouri Hospital Association during their 94th Annual Convention & Trade Show on Nov. 3.
For more information on how to get involved with the auxiliary, contact volunteer coordinator Alicia Rollins at 573-248-5272.
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