Potsdam Hospital Guild and Saratoga Hospital and
Nursing Home Volunteer Guild Named Auxiliaries of the Year
ALBANY, N.Y. – The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) presented its 2012 Auxiliary of the Year Awards to Potsdam Hospital Guild and Saratoga Hospital and Nursing Home Volunteer Guild. Awardees were honored at a luncheon ceremony at HANYS' Annual Institute for Health Care Auxiliaries and Volunteer Leaders in Saratoga Springs Tuesday.
"Auxiliaries help connect our hospitals and health care systems to their communities," said HANYS President Daniel Sisto. "HANYS applauds Potsdam Hospital Guild and Saratoga Hospital and Nursing Home Volunteer Guild for the wide range of activities that they support on behalf of the hospital and community, and thanks them for their commitment to health."
HANYS established the Auxiliary of the Year Award to recognize the many ways that auxiliaries help strengthen New York State's health care system. This year the award was presented to two auxiliaries that demonstrated outstanding achievement in community outreach and advocacy, one for an auxiliary to a health care facility with 100 beds or fewer, and a second award for a facility affiliated with a facility with more than 100 beds.
Potsdam Hospital Guild (small hospital category)
Since its founding in 1933, the Potsdam Hospital Guild has focused on giving back to the community, strengthening relationships and supporting the villages and townships surrounding Canton-Potsdam Hospital.
Each year, Potsdam Hospital Guild awards scholarships to students entering a health-related field, pursuing a nursing degree or enrolling in physical therapy and physician assistant programs at local universities. The Guild supports the Kinney Drug Prescription Initiative, which helps get community members medications they cannot afford, donates a basket full of baby items to the first "New Year's Baby" born at the hospital, and provides for needy families during Christmas.
The majority of the Guild's fundraising donations go directly to the hospital, which is also served by the Edward John Noble Guild of Canton-Potsdam Hospital, for equipment and building projects, including:
an annual pledge to support a new cancer center, with a chemotherapy infusion room;grants awarded to departments within Canton-Potsdam Hospital to enhance the services and care each department provides to patients;funding and designing a room as part of Hospital for Hospice; andremodeling hospital rooms for use by patients' families.
Saratoga Hospital and Nursing Home Volunteer Guild (large hospital category)
Saratoga Hospital and Nursing Home Volunteer Guild has been honoring its pledge to "interpret the hospital to the community at large and to assist in any way advisable," for 63 years. From its original 14 members in 1948, the Guild now has more than 300 members in 55 different areas of the hospital, who donated more than 55,000 service hours in 2011. Volunteers can be found in the health and fitness gym, same-day surgery pre- and post-operative stations, operating the Medical Library, and staffing the emergency department information desk.
Saratoga Hospital Guild manages and operates two highly successful retail ventures: the Gift Shoppe and Treasures Consignment Boutique and Thrift Shop, which has been named "Local's Choice Award for Saratoga Springs" consignment shop for the past three years. Proceeds from the shops enabled the Guild to make a substantial contribution to the hospital's new Community Health Resource Center for the un- and under-insured.
The Guild also: helps coordinate blood drives; offers a reading enrichment program; sponsors scholarships; hosts sales, annual bazaars, and fundraisers; holds special events, such as "Lights of Love" for nursing home residents, and delivery of flowers to all patients on Thanksgiving; and conducts a summer program for youth called Students Sharing Opportunities and Responsibilities.
The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) is the only statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York State, representing 500 non-profit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, and other health care organizations.
Pictured above l-r are: Potsdam Hospital Guild Members: Ellen Nichols, Hospital Liaison; Joyce Yianoukos, Guild President; and Suzanne Dougherty, Guild Secretary.