Hospital Volunteers Are Quietly Making A Big Impact

Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017 06:01 AM

An unsung group of people have been quietly making lives better for people around the South Shore.

The South Shore Regional Hospital Auxiliary is a body of volunteers who raise money through the Daisy, gift shop and art gallery at the hospital.

In the past eight years, the Auxiliary has contributed $1.8 million towards the enhancement of patient care.

But Auxiliary President, Sharon Ritcey says when Premier Stephen McNeil was at the hospital for the recent funding announcement, the Auxiliary was largely ignored.

"Even when the official pictures were taken, the Auxiliary was disregarded completely. And I'm not sure why that is. I'm not sure if the recognition is not there because people don't know what we've done."

Ritcey says it's time people know how their support is used.

"Any different department in the hospital you can rest assured that the auxiliary has a hand in something that makes life easier there.".

Ritcey says without the support of the community, they couldn't do the things they do.