Women’s Auxiliary Donates Funds to Improve Pioneers Memorial Hospital

Pioneer Hospital board directors and staff look on as Auxilliary member Susan Tucker hands PMH CEO Larry Lewis a check.

BRAWLEY – The Women’s Auxiliary of the Pioneers Memorial Hospital, consisting of ladies volunteering hundreds of hours annually, have again risen to the task of raising thousands of dollars to improve their local hospital.

This year, the Auxiliary donated $9,588 to the Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District, an affiliate of the Scripps Health Network, for the use of a bedside bronchoscope with disposable patient contact supplies. The donation will allow for rapid diagnosis of pulmonary diseases. The money will also purchase a pediatric exam table along with lighting improvements at the PMH Emergency Room.

“Our organization has donated $1,486,000 since 1953,” said past president, Susan Tucker. “Over $400,000 has gone to nursing scholarships at Imperial Valley College and SDSU nursing programs.”

Pioneer Hospital CEO, Larry Lewis spoke highly of the Auxiliary, saying what a great asset they were for the hospital and how well their gift shop was manned and stocked.

“It is fun to see seasons change in there. That is how we know season’s change in the Valley, by the gift shop. It is fall in there now and it is just beautiful,” Lewis said. “What a great bunch of women they are and it is wonderful to see the community support for our campus.”

Besides the unique gift shop run by the Auxiliary, several fundraisers throughout the year help raise money for their donations.

In the last four years some of the gifts from the Women’s Auxiliary have included five furnished birthing rooms in the Women’s Center, endoscopy video equipment and a bone density machine.

The Women’s Auxiliary of Pioneers Memorial Hospital was established in 1950, the same year the hospital opened, by a group of community-minded women, primarily residing in the north-end of Imperial County. Their goal and mission to make Pioneers Memorial Hospital the best and most modern health care facility in the region.