History and Mission
In January 1951, a nucleus of 35 women became the original members of the Kent County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. As Frances P. Hammond, the first president said, “We are thankful as a group that there is a hospital in Kent County and we pledge our support.” From these humble words the Auxiliary emerged as the Hospital’s number one champion and supporter and one of its most important fund-raisers.
The commitment that Frances Hammond pledged nearly 65 years ago is alive and well today. The Auxiliary’s mission remains unchanged: To promote and advance the welfare of Kent Hospital. We continue the commitment for those who have gone before us as we continue to advance and promote the quality care that is delivered to our patients every day by the thousands of people dedicated to Kent Hospital’s mission.
Auxiliary Officers 2015-2017
President, Diane Scott
Vice President, Mary Jane Sweetland
Treasurer, Marilyn Tarbox
Recording Secretary, Gail Groves
Corresponding Secretary, Margaret Andersen
Membership Chairperson, Gail Delmonico
Other members of the Executive Board include:
Janice Caianiello, Patricia Carden, Patricia Carll, Donna Mae Clare, Donna Coppola, Joyce Criscione, Susan Crossley, Louella Shelba Dujon, Judith Elliott, Julie Goulet, Judy Laurence, Jean Ray, and Jean Woodcock.
Since 1951, the Auxiliary has donated well over $7 million in support of hospital programs and services. Previous major gifts have contributed to the hospital’s building and renovating of the Ambulatory Services Pavilion, Infusion Center, Women’s Diagnostic Imaging Center, Sleep Lab, Emergency Department, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, and Dialysis Unit. The Auxiliary has helped to purchase vascular, dialysis, cardiac, orthopedic, pharmaceutical and diagnostic imaging equipment, as well as patient beds, hospital vans, educational materials and more. Auxilians tirelessly volunteer thousands of hours to the hospital and act as ambassadors to the surrounding communities. We raise funds from the proceeds of the Hospitality Shop, the gift shop that is run by the Auxiliary and staffed mainly by volunteers, as well as other fundraising activities. The Auxiliary’s 20th Annual Golf Tournament is scheduled for July 10, 2017. This very successful fundraiser will once again be held at the Potowomut Golf Club.
The Auxiliary operates The Hospitality Shop, which is located inside the main entrance of Kent Hospital. Our shop is staffed with volunteers who are always willing to help with a smile. All of the proceeds from the shop are donated to Kent Hospital for patient care. With our help, the Ambulatory Services Pavilion, Infusion Center, Sleep Lab, Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Women’s Diagnostic Imaging Center have been built. The Emergency Department, Cardiac Unit and Dialysis Unit have been refurbished, among many other projects.
We have a wonderful jewelry selection, including ALEX AND ANI and JOHN MEDEIROS, and a full line of VERA BRADLEY and SPARTINA, as well as beautiful women's scarves, ponchos and accessories. Our baby gifts and clothes are adorable. We have sports items for all fans, novelty items for men, fresh flowers and a great selection of greeting cards. Of course, we also offer candy including SWEENORS. YANKEE CANDLES and accessories complement our extensive home decor, which includes many seasonal items. Payments can be made with cash, credit or gift cards.
Hours of operation:Monday—Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12 - 8:00 p.m.
(Closed on major holidays)