The Good Shepherd Medical Center (GSMC) Auxiliary recently hosted its 49th Annual Style Show at Pinecrest Country Club.  This year the fund raiser’s theme was “Vogue,” and it featured the latest fashions from LaPromenade.  Since 1956 this non-profit organization has donated more than $3 million to the hospital and its Foundation.  Part of this is a yearly $150,000 contribution raised via sales in the Auxiliary-operated Gift Shop.
Money from the style show, ongoing book fairs and jewelry sales also support Auxiliary projects that benefit the Medical Center and its patients.  Projects of the 2010-2011 Fiscal Year included:
• New equipment, computer software and nurse training for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program (SANE) which teaches nurses how to gather evidence to help law enforcement identify, arrest and prosecute sex offenders. The Auxiliary’s total contribution was $36,000.
• Renovating the hospital’s fifth and sixth floors with new furniture, signs, artwork, computer stations, floorings and window treatments.  Total Auxiliary donation was $96,000.
• Another $87,000 went to purchase new flat-screen televisions for all patient rooms in GSMC Tower A.
In previous years Auxiliary projects have funded  new cardiac equipment valued at $295,000 in 1999 and $500,000 for Emergency Room expansion in 2001.  The Auxiliary also provided $25,000 to the Level IIIa Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which opened in 2004.  Another $600,000 recently went to the Institute for Healthy Living capital campaign.
The senior volunteers who work in the hospital’s thirty-plus areas are assisted by forty junior volunteers, many of whom also participate in the summer Spirit Teen Program for high school seniors.  These two groups of volunteers average about 45,000 hours on the job yearly–the equivalent of twenty-seven full-time employees.  This saves the hospital about $900,000 annually.
In addition to donating time, service and money to GSMC, the Auxiliary provides qualifying students with scholarships toward college education in health care.  Donations from memorials, honoraria, baby photos and other sources support this fund.  Through the years the Auxiliary has raised nearly $100,000 this way.
Membership in the Auxiliary is open to the public.  Application forms are available next to the Gift Shop by the GSMC Main Entrance at 700 East Marshall Avenue.  Also, those interested in joining may call (903) 315-2199.
Additional services and fund-raising projects directed by GSMC Auxiliary include:
• Making Christmas stockings for babies born in December.  These handmade stockings are large enough so that the babies can be taken home from the hospital in them.  This has been a popular project for decades.
• Some ladies in the Auxiliary make “Angel Gowns” for premature babies who do not survive.  The gowns are given to parents for the childrens’ burials.  The Auxiliary also furnishes “Memory Boxes” to these babies’ families.
• Auxiliary members also make “Walker Bags” out of attractive spare material.  These bags are for patients and other individuals who can only get around with the aid of a walker.  Most recipients are in the Rehab unit, and the bags also make excellent holders for personal items.
• Auxiliary volunteers assist Good Shepherd’s staff in community events such as A Fair of the Heart.

Models strutted their stuff at Good Shepherd Medical Center Auxiliary's 49th Annual Style Show