At its inception, this non-profit group was comprised of community volunteers dedicated to brightening the stays of EJGH patients by delivering books and magazines throughout the hospital. Eventually, the Auxiliary expanded to include a myriad of philanthropic programs and events, including the hospital gift shop, The Sunshine Boutique.
Proceeds from the Auxiliary go towards community programs including education and healthcare. In fact, over the years the Auxiliary has furnished one of the first emergency trauma rooms, a room in the neonatal unit, and bought equipment for x-rays, bone scans, pediatrics, the PACU room (recovery room), The Wellness Center and more.
Since 1975, the Auxiliary has sponsored the Great Lady/Great Gentleman Awards to honor eight exceptional volunteers in the Greater New Orleans area. The luncheon is held annually at the Audubon Tea Room and includes an auction, raffles and an awards presentation. Proceeds from the event fund a nursing scholarship program, a continuing education and re-certification program for nurses, and special hospital projects.
The Auxiliary created the Nursing Scholarship Fund over 30 years ago. Since then, it has awarded nearly 200 nurses the opportunity to alleviate some of their education-related expenses through this scholarship.
The Nursing Scholarship is funded, primarily, through the annual Great Ladies and Great Gentleman’s Luncheon. Nurses who apply and qualify for the scholarship receive $1,000 a semester to be used toward tuition, books, supplies or living expenses.
In order to be considered eligible, applicants must be enrolled in nursing school and ready to begin the clinical portion of their schooling. The Auxiliary considers all eligible students regardless of whether they are striving toward their associates’ or bachelors’ degree in nursing.
Applications are located at the employment office of East Jefferson General Hospital; there is no fee to apply. After submitting an application, qualified students will participate in an interview process before a final award decision is made.
“This is a terrific alternative for anyone who needs help and would like a scholarship. Desire is the main requirement.”
— Auxiliary Member Beverly Watts
This program was organized by the hospital’s nursing administration to assist nurses in obtaining mandatory re-certification. The Auxiliary raises funds for this endeavor.
Care-Ring program volunteers make daily telephone calls to community members who are home bound, live alone, or are recuperating from surgery or illness.
The Auxiliary honors EJGH doctors and nurses on their own special days for the dedication they show to the hospital and its patients all year long.
Membership is open to anyone in the metropolitan New Orleans area. Members enjoy the company of like-minded citizens with an earnest desire to work towards the betterment of their community and their hospital.
Annual and lifetime Auxiliary memberships are available to anyone who wishes to join. A one-year membership is $20. A lifetime membership is $250 and may be paid over the course of one year.
Call Lisa Baynham at (504) 456-7083 to join.
A donation to the Auxiliary, no matter how large or small, can make a huge difference to a community hospital. Your decision to give will impact and save lives at East Jefferson General Hospital. Your partnership is greatly appreciated as EJGH continues to strive to be the leader in excellence and quality healthcare for our region. To make a donation, please call Lisa Baynham at 504-456-7083.