Five years ago, the Mercy Hospital Washington Auxiliary took on its biggest project, a promise to raise $250,000 toward expanding and renovating the hospital’s emergency department. That promise is now fulfilled.
The auxiliary presented Terri McLain, president of Mercy Hospital Washington with a check for $35,000. It was the final payment of the auxiliary’s $250,000 contribution.
“That was a proud moment for the auxiliary,” said Maxine Johnson, who served as an auxiliary president during the pledge period. “When we made the commitment to donate $250,000, it was the biggest undertaking we’d ever taken on, and we were determined to achieve it. It was our biggest challenge and our biggest reward.”
The money was raised in five years through fund-raisers held at the hospital, gift shop sales and at special events such as the auxiliary’s semiannual Denim and Pearls dinner, dance and auction.
“This was a tremendous effort by our auxiliary. In their 58-year existence, they always oversaw or promised smaller service projects for the hospital,” said McLain. “It was a challenge for them, and one that gives them the confidence to take on similar projects in the future.”
Thanks primarily to donations, the new emergency department opened at more than twice its former size. It features its own main entrance, a spacious and comfortable waiting room, more patient rooms and designated wings for different levels of emergency care.
The $250,000 pledge earned the auxiliary naming rights to the new emergency department’s waiting room. A plaque hangs there to recognize their efforts in bringing the community a bigger, better emergency department.
Nancy Redhage and Ruth Engemann also served as auxiliary presidents during the pledge period. Carol Maune is current president of the 180-member auxiliary.
“We’re committed to supporting the hospital with our activities,” Maune said. “With this commitment behind us, we’re up for the next challenge.”
The auxiliary is discussing what its next project will be.
For membership information, people should call 636-239-8044.