Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed May 8, 2013 as Health Care Auxilian Day in New York State to recognize the dedicated auxiliary members who donate more than five million hours of service each year to their health care facilities and to their communities.
Nathan Littauer Auxilians will gather at Harold’s in Gloversville, on Wednesday, May 8th, to celebrate and honor the work and support Auxilians provide throughout the year. During the past year, the Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home Auxiliary has hosted five blood drives, participated in HealthLink’s Women’s Health Fair, attended ViP luncheons, assisted in disaster drills, sponsored sales and created a Staff Appreciation Day for the Nathan Littauer team members. They have held numerous fund raisers, manage a Buy-a-Brick Campaign for the reflection garden, hosted an annual card party, held a Tree of Lights event to memorialize people who have passed. Also, the Auxiliary is in its third year of presenting an American flag to any inpatient who is a veteran.
On a daily basis, they deliver patient mail, deliver magazine to the lobbies, volunteer in the gift shop, and work at the information desks, and has a singing group, Nate’s Notes who regularly perform for the residents, staff and visitors on their new digital piano. They volunteer throughout the Nursing Home and for various departments throughout Littauer’s Health Care System including: recreation, nutrition and weekly Mass. Notably, on December 31, 2013 the auxiliary fulfilled their $200,000 pledge to the hospital’s five year Campaign for Excellence. The Auxilians also donated over 11,000 hours of service to the hospital and nursing home in 2012.
If anyone is interested in volunteering , please contact Susan McNeil, Volunteer Director at 77-5408.
New York State has more than 75,000 health care auxilians who initiate, fund, and volunteer for a wide variety of patient and family care services—from outpatient clinics to intensive care units. They sponsor community health fairs, health screenings, blood banks, and wellness lectures; raise funds for hospital and nursing home equipment; and organize and underwrite outreach programs in their communities.