Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

 

Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital

 

LH - 301

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Introduction

Agency History

Scope and Content

Inventory

 

Introduction

The records of the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital (Fremont, Ohio) were donated to the Hayes Presidential Center in 1999.  Box 2 and Box 5 of the Memorial Hospital Collection (LH-172) contain additional records of this organization.

Agency History

 

The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital was founded in 1918 by Mrs. Webb C. (Mary Miller) Hayes.  Originally known as the Women's Committee of Memorial Hospital, the group consisted of twenty-one members.  It included the six chairmen of the Women's Teams in the fund raising drive to build Memorial Hospital, as well as the wives of the Board of Trustees.  Its first president, Mrs. Willis B. Holmes, served for three years.  She was followed by Mrs. Lester Wilson, who led the organization for the next 17 years.  In 1920, the association formally changed its name to the Women's Board of Memorial Hospital.  A constitution, by-laws, and a statement of purpose were established in 1924. The organization's mission was “to advance the welfare of Memorial Hospital through service to the hospital and its patients and through fund raising in a manner satisfactory to the Board of Trustees of Memorial Hospital.”  Early fund raisers included garden parties, a charity ball, and linen showers.  The auxiliary provided an abundance of foodstuffs, hospital linens, and money to the institution.  During World War II, the organization assisted the Red Cross in providing supplies for service men.  By 1952, the auxiliary's volunteer services included the gift shop, gift cart, pediatric toy cart, mail delivery, and reception services.  In 1959, the auxiliary established the Nurse Scholarship Loan Program, designed to encourage nurses to return to the hospital following their education.  The program expanded to include other health care workers.  Over one hundred students were provided with auxiliary scholarship loans.  In 1999, the first scholarship was awarded without expectation of repayment.  Other important services, including campaigns to bring a pediatrician to Fremont and fund raisers for the hospital's expansion, Mobile Meals, Tel-Med Health, Life Line Personal Response system, were overseen by the auxiliary.  Additionally, members raised funds for beds, ventilators, a fetal heart monitor, as well as stress testing equipment.  Two hundred seventy-eight members contributed over 36,000 volunteer hours in 1999.

 

Scope and Content

 

Although the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital existed since 1918, the bulk of the records found within the collection cover the years from 1958 to 1999.  They include: executive board meeting minutes, financial reports, constitutional amendments, extensive membership records, photographs, service and fund raising committee reports, and scrapbooks.  Undergoing major health care changes, the hospital made greater use of the auxiliary.  The collection gives some understanding of the organization's importance to the institution and its expanding role during the latter half of the twentieth century.

 

Inventory

 

Ac. 5494

5 linear ft.

BOX 1

 

1. Executive Board Meeting Minutes - 1962-1965
2. Executive Board Meeting Minutes - 1966-1969
3. Executive Board Meeting Minutes, Annual Report - 1972-1973
4. Executive Board Meeting Minutes - 1978
5. Executive Board Meeting Minutes - 1979
6. Executive Board Meeting Minutes - 1980
7. Executive Board Meeting Minutes - 1981
8. Executive Board Meeting Minutes - 1982
9. Executive Board Meeting Minutes - 1983
10. Executive Board Meeting Minutes - 1984
11. Executive Board Meeting Minutes - 1985
12. Executive Board Meeting Minutes - 1986
13. Executive Board Meeting Minutes - 1987
14. Executive Board Meeting Minutes - 1988
15. Executive Board Meeting Minutes - 1989
16. Executive Board Meeting Minutes - 1990
17. Executive Board Meeting Minutes - 1991-1992 (Incomplete), 1994-1999
18. General Meeting Minutes - 1978, 1980-1985, 1994-1998
19. Bylaws & Revisions - 1982, n.d.
20. Policy Changes - 1983
21. Financial Reports:
        1962-1963
        1965
        1967-1978
        1980
        1982
        1984-1985
        1989-1990
        1993-1998
22. Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital Annual Reports - 1973-1976, 1978-1979
23. Strategic Planning - 1997
24. Correspondence
25. Organizational History
26. Scholarship Fund
      Health Education Loan
27. Non-Profit Tax Exemption Information
28. Installation
29. Meeting Rosters - 1974-1979
30. Meeting Rosters - 1979-1982
31. Meeting Rosters - 1982-1985
32. Meeting Rosters - 1985-1989
33. Meeting Rosters - 1989-1991
34. Auxiliary Gifts to Memorial Hospital
35. Volunteer Recognition Dinner - 1969-1996 (Incomplete)

 

BOX 2

 

1. Service Projects - Patient Education - 1979-1980
2. Service Projects - Gift Shop – Correspondence, committee minutes
3. Service Projects - TV Rental - 1976-1981
4. Service Projects - Employee Christmas Party - 1973-1980, 1989-1990
5. Service Projects - Gift Shop - Financial Reports - 1962-1984 (Incomplete)
6. Service Projects - Health Education
7. Service Projects - Mobile Meals - 1975-1980
8. Service Projects - Mobile Meals - 1987-1990, 1997-1999
9. Fund raising Activities – Auction - 1993, 1995, 1997
10. Fund raising Activities - Bridge-O-Rama - 1983-1988
11. Fund raising Activities - Charity Ball - 1960, 1962-1979
12. Fund raising Activities - Charity Ball - 1980-1988
13. Fund raising Activities - Charity Ball - 1989-1999
14. Fund raising Activities - Fall Bazaar - 1960-1965
15. Fund raising Activities - Flower Sale - 1984-1988
16. Fund raising Activities - Follies - 1962
17. Fund raising Activities - Follies - 1967
18. Fund raising Activities - Follies - 1986
19. Membership - Annual Report - 1985
20. Membership - Annual Report - 1986
21. Membership - Annual Report - 1987
22. Membership - Annual Report - 1988
23. Membership - Annual Report - 1990
24. Membership - Annual Report - 1991
25. Membership - Annual Report - 1992
26. Membership - Annual Report - 1993

 

BOX 3

 

1. Membership Applications - 1989-1992
2. Membership Applications - 1993-1996
3. Membership - Miscellaneous Data - 1977-1994, 1996-1997
4. Membership - Inactive - n.d.
5. Membership - Personal Surveys
6. The Auxilian Newsletter - 1988-1999
7. Ohio Hospital Association Manuals for Auxiliaries
8. Auxiliary - Northwest District Meeting - 1969-1972
9. Miscellaneous Material
10. Memorial Hospital Annual Reports - 1974-1978
11. Memorial Hospital Annual Reports - 1979-1982, 1984

12. Membership surveys - 1997
13. Memorial Hospital "Pulse & Patter" Newsletter - 1973-1985 (scattered issues)
14. Miscellaneous Photos:
      Annual Program Booklets - 1964-1999
      Charity Ball

      Receipt Books - 1978-1990
      Membership Cards - 1976-1993

 

BOX 4

 

Scrapbooks: Photos, clippings, and memorabilia, 1958-1964, 1964-1967, 1972-1973, 1972-1976

Binder: Board Minutes, treasurer reports, general meeting minutes, correspondence, committee notes

Certificate: Woman to Woman “Wellness for a Lifetime” Sponsor, 1997