Published on April 05, 2021

Pella Regional Health Center’s Auxiliary Celebrates 60 Years

PELLA, Iowa— Pella Regional Health Center’s Auxiliary is celebrating 60 years of service to the hospital. The Auxiliary was formed on October, 30, 1960, but held their first meeting in 1961. The group was started by eight women who set up the organization to “render service to the hospital and patients.”

Over the years, the Auxiliary has grown to include men and women dedicated to supporting Pella Regional through gifts of time and raising funds. In the past, members have supported events for long term care residents, watered flowers and plants, organized a juice and coffee cart for patients, held an annual baby party for moms and their babies, sewed and mended sheets and blankets, organized and staffed a snack bar and gift shop, and many other activities of service to patients and staff.

Today, the Auxiliary is still serving the hospital and clinics in a variety of ways:

  • Volunteering many hours at the Information Desk, Family Birthing Center, Koffietijd Kar (Coffee Cart), and Gifts on Jefferson
  • Organizing several fundraisers to purchase equipment that falls outside of the hospital’s and clinics’ budget
  • Administered the Mary Evers Scholarship each year for students interested in nursing
  • Sewing colorful pillow cases for pediatric patients
  • Creating baby cocoons, caps and bibs for newborns

“The support of the Auxiliary means so much to Pella Regional,” said Bob Kroese, Chief Executive Officer at Pella Regional. “The hours that volunteers spend providing compassionate service at the hospital are phenomenal. When we combine that service with the financial donations for scholarships and equipment, I am overwhelmed by the generosity and caring of the Auxiliary."

Pella Regional would like to thank all the current and past Auxiliary members for everything they have done the past 60 years to support the hospital. For more information on Pella Regional Health Center’s Auxiliary, visit: https://www.pellahealth.org/about-us/volunteer/auxiliary/