POTSDAM Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed Wednesday as Health Care Auxilian Day in New York state to recognize the dedicated auxilians who annually donate more than five million hours of service to their health care facilities and to their communities. Canton-Potsdam Hospital is fortunate to have two hospital guilds: the Potsdam Hospital Guild, which was established in the 1930s, and the Edward John Noble Guild, which was established in Canton in the 1950s.
We are so grateful for the guilds long tradition of supporting our hospital, Foundation Executive Director Laura Cordts said. Their countless contributions of time and resources are beyond measure, and they make these contributions day in and day out on the hospitals behalf.
The E.J. Noble Guild holds an annual holiday bazaar, a soup luncheon, a dinner dance, and other fund-raising events throughout the year. The Potsdam Guild operates the Hospital Gift Shop, hosts in-hospital book and uniform sales, and holds an annual yard sale, among other activities. The two guilds work together on an annual July golf tournament.
Together, the two hospital guilds raised more than $90,000 last year for the Hospital. Their contributions are used to purchase medical equipment and add services to benefit our patients.
Both guilds gave pledges to the Hospital Foundations Constructing Healthier Communities campaign, and both also fund smaller projects for departments across the hospital.
In addition to fund-raising, the guilds serve a vital role in connecting the hospital with the community. Guild volunteers host community education programs, and assist at other community events.
New York state has more than 75,000 health care auxilians who initiate, fund, and volunteer for a wide variety of services.
For more information about how you can be involved with the hospital guilds at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, contact Laura Cordts at 261-5412.