Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems Ladies Auxiliary celebrated 50 years of service in May 2016. During that celebration they recognized three charter members; Shirley Conley, Bonnie Steiner and Janet Specht.
The organization as it is today, started with a small group of women and has grown to over 500 inactive members and 80 active volunteers. They meet twice a year, the first Monday in April and October.
Volunteer hours are spent in the lobby reception area as a pink lady, Gift Shop at the hospital and in the Economy Shop located at the Beloit Municipal Building. The Economy Shop hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM and every Wednesday, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
Each fall a Doll Clinic is given by the auxiliary and hospital staff. Kindergartners and first graders from Beloit elementary, St. John's, Tipton, Lakeside Elementary, Glasco and Slyvan Grove schools are given a tour of the hospital, including the Emergency Room, Radiology, Nursery, Patient Rooms, and other various departments. Each student receives a hand washing lesson and a visit with "Smokey Sue" on the dangers of smoking. The Mitchell County EMS also provides information about the ambulance, the importance of road courtesy for the ambulance, and a ride with samples of each siren sound and all flashing lights. This program has had repeated demonstrations of more relaxed children when he/she does have to visit the hospital or visits a relative in the hospital. Over 7,500 hours are donated to these projects each year.
The Economy Shop brings in a profit of over $30,000 each year, thanks to the generosity of area citizens. The merchandise is all donated and the shop is staffed by volunteers. Money is also made in the Gift Shop, through membership dues for $1.00 per year, and memorial donations.
The funds raised throughout the year are allocated for various projects in the hospital. Some funds are set aside for recurring projects to include events for the Resident Care Center and scholarships to area students who are pursuing a medical career. Each year a donation is made to go towards a new project in the hospital.
The ladies auxiliary has not only donated monetary items to the hospital throughout the years, but the most important donations are the volunteer hours by many generous residents in our counties. Our volunteers come from all over the area to include; Beloit, Tipton, Hunter, Glen Elder, Cawker City, Jewell and Simpson.