Jefferson Healthcare auxiliary donates funds to hospital

PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson Healthcare Hospital Auxiliary has donated more than $13,000 to the hospital.

Each year, the auxiliary board meets to discuss its annual giving based on its fundraising activities. This year, the group donated $13,836.27 to Jefferson Healthcare.

The money supports the purchase of a bariatric recliner for the Family Birth Center, an air curtain for general surgery, kitchen towels and tablecloths for the dietary department, a probe for an ultrasound for the hospital, and a vital sign monitor for the Jefferson Healthcare Sheridan Clinic.

The majority of the funds come from gift shop sales at the hospital at 834 Sheridan St.

Since 1976, the auxiliary has generated nearly $1 million in funds through its various activities. The most prominent fundraising activity is the operation of the hospital gift shop.

The gift shop is managed and operated solely by the volunteer staff and the auxiliary board. Proceeds from sales go directly to Jefferson Healthcare to fund equipment, supplies and scholarships.

“Thanks to our hardworking, dedicated volunteers in the gift shop, we are able to support the hospital with equipment and supplies which otherwise might fall to the back of the line in budgeting priorities,” said Rosemary Nielsen, president of the hospital auxiliary.

Along with Nielsen, gift shop volunteers are Vice President Brenda Buck, Treasurer Barb Clarberg, Secretary Pattie Cole, Cathe Clapp, Karen Harvey, Nancy Kelly and Marilyn O’Meara.

Those interested in volunteering can contact Caitlin Kura at 360-385-2200 ext. 2087 or email

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