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Department of External Affairs
Office of Public Affairs
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 06, 2013
Contact: Carolann Martines
Associate Writer
(516) 663-2234
cmartines@winthrop.org

MAY 8TH IS HEALTH CARE AUXILIAN DAY

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed May 8, 2013 as Health Care Auxilian Day in New York State to recognize the dedicated auxiliary members who donate more than five million hours of service each year to their health care facilities and to their communities.

Founded in 1896, Winthrop-University Hospital was Long Island's first voluntary, not-for-profit hospital. In 1924, the Hospital's Auxiliary was established to stimulate the community's interest in the work of the Hospital. Winthrop's Auxilians are a dedicated group of good neighbors who collectively support the general welfare of the Hospital through their goodwill and fundraising. The Auxiliary promotes careers in the healthcare field through its sponsorship of Winthrop's Junior Volunteer Program. Scholarships are awarded annually to the four most deserving Junior Volunteers who wish to go into a health-related occupation or profession. Services such as the Gift Shop, the Twigs and Wings of Winthrop, and Baby Photos are very successful Auxiliary fundraisers.

“The Auxiliary takes great pride in the many accomplishments of the Twigs and the Wings of Winthrop,” said Ronnie Renken, President of the Auxiliary and member of the Hospital’s Board of Directors.

New York State has more than 75,000 health care auxilians who initiate, fund, and volunteer for a wide variety of patient and family care services—from outpatient clinics to intensive care units. They sponsor health fairs, blood banks, and wellness lecture series; raise funds for hospital and nursing home equipment; and organize and underwrite outreach programs in their communities.

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