The St. Joseph Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) Auxiliary, established 102 years ago for the purpose of providing assistance to the patients, staff, hospital, and community, is an integral part of the Medical Center’s Mission and Philosophy in action.
If you or someone you know is interested in joining this dedicated and energetic group of volunteers, please contact the Volunteer Services Office at 208-799-5215 or send an email to Lori Umfleet to learn more. There is also a program for high school and college volunteers.
- Started in the early 1970s
- Over 56,000 toys made.
- The group makes approximately 1,000 toys per year.
- Children between the ages of 1-12 receive a toy during their stay at SJRMC.
- It takes sewers, stuffers, and stitchers around 30 minutes to complete each toy.
About the St. Joseph Auxiliary
The SJRMC Auxiliary has grown to a current membership of approximately 250 devoted women and men who contribute thousands of hours of service, raise funds for support of special medical center projects and/or equipment, and provide immeasurable goodwill in our community. Easily recognizable in their pink or navy jackets, the SJRMC volunteers provide a variety of services throughout the medical center. Whether providing information at the main desk, assisting patients being admitted or discharged, staffing the surgery waiting lounge, taking blood pressure readings, running errands, making toys, or working in the Elizabeth Gift Shop, each volunteer offers a reassuring smile and a helping hand to those in need.
The Auxiliary hosts an annual salad bar at the medical center in June and an annual mini tree and wreath auction during the Christmas season. These fundraising efforts enabled the Auxiliary to contribute $100,000 in 2013 to support the purchase of new, state-of-the-art patient telemetry/monitoring equipment for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). All the funds raised by the Auxiliary are earmarked for special projects within the hospital, which enhance the quality of medical care available in our community.