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The Auxiliary of St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center is an organization of approximately 600 men and women dedicated to serving the needs of St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center. The Auxiliary dates back to the establishment of the hospital and has proudly served the institution through the years.

The Annual Meeting and Luncheon took place on Tuesday May 16, 2017 at the Doubletree Hotel in East Syracuse, NY. 

The Hannah Fuller Pease Auxiliary Service Award was presented to Pamela Speach. The Auxiliary’s annual gift to the Hospital was presented at the Luncheon. 

Also honored were the students chosen from the College of Nursing for the Sister Mary Obrist Scholarship and the Sister Wilhelmina Scholarship. 

Election of Officers for 2017-19 also took place.

About the Auxiliary

In 1869, moved by the need to care for those who suffered from the diseases of the time and desiring to extend their aid to the poor, five Sisters of St. Francis purchased a dance hall and saloon on Prospect Hill for $12,000. On May 6 of that year, the sisters opened the doors of St. Joseph's Hospital, then a 15-bed facility with a yearly payroll of $100. It was Syracuse's first hospital.

Along with the city's first hospital came the formation of the first hospital Auxiliary. Mrs. Hannah Pease, a physician's wife, recognized that the sisters needed linens for the hospital. In 1870, Mrs. Pease, along with 45 other dedicated women, formed the Ladies' Aid Society. They met in their homes to sew for the sisters. This group became the nucleus of the Women's Auxiliary, officially formed in 1888. It is now called the Auxiliary of St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, Inc.

More than a century later, the Auxiliary still exists to benefit St. Joseph’s. The group currently has more than 30 committees and service projects and is directed by a volunteer board. Recent fund-raising efforts have provided the hospital with an annual six-figure donation from the Auxiliary.

The Auxiliary has introduced many services to St. Joseph's over the years including the coffee bar, shopping cart, the gift shop, baby photo service, television/telephone rental, and vending machines. The Auxiliary works closely with the hospital's Volunteer Office, and many Auxiliary members serve as hospital volunteers.

Those interested in helping continue the tradition of giving to St. Joseph's Hospital and helping to provide needed services are encouraged to join the Auxiliary. For membership information please contact the Auxiliary Office at 315-448-6100 or www.sjhsyr.org/auxiliary