The McDuffie Regional Medical Center is looking for a few IVs - individual volunteers. Auxiliary President Fenn Beasley said the auxiliary currently has 39 active members, and the work does not take much time from a person's schedule.
"Most of our members now are older ladies that are retired or widows that just want something to do. The minimum that we expect them to work is eight hours a month. They generally work four hours every two weeks. They can do more than that, of course, but that's the minimum," Mr. Beasley said.
Mr. Beasley said the auxiliary holds sales, such as jewelry or book sales, to buy things that the hospital cannot budget for. Projects and items paid for by the auxiliary include the renovation of furnishings in the pediatric rooms, furnishings for the intensive care waiting room, sleeper lounges for patient rooms, renovation of the doctor's lounge, mammography chair, infant scales and wheelchairs.
According to Eva Newsome, hospital director of volunteer services, the auxiliary donated approximately $10,000 in 2005.
In addition to helping financially, the members also donate their time by working in the gift shop, greeting patients and helping them fill out their paperwork. Mr. Beasley said some ladies help in the ICU and men help in the maintenance department. They also give a small gift to children who are patients.
"The hospital auxiliary is an integral part of the medical centers' healthcare team in the many missions they accomplish on a totally volunteer basis. We could not succeed without them in delivering a quality experience our community has come to expect each and every visit," said Douglas Keir, CEO of the hospital.
Mr. Beasley's wife belonged to the auxiliary before he did. Mr. Beasley said she gave him the idea of joining when he retired at the age of 62.
"I thought. ‘Hey that sounds like a good way to give back a little of what I've got. I'm retired and I can go over there anytime.' I work in the gift shop sometimes, and I work in maintenance sometimes," he said.
The auxiliary is managed by a board of officers including a president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. Each year, the officers attend a conference for auxiliaries of all Georgia hospitals. The members also have approximately four luncheons each year.
"We all have a good time working together," Mr. Beasley said.
The annual fee for the auxiliary membership is $10. Those interested in joining the auxiliary should call Mr. Beasley at 595-2772 or Eva Newsome at 597-5408.