Emanate Health Inter-Community Hospital Auxiliary Funds New Campus Shuttle
Emanate Health’s three hospital auxiliaries volunteer their time and energy to ensure that Inter-Community Hospital, Queen of the Valley Hospital and Foothill Presbyterian Hospital have the tools they need to provide exceptional patient care.
“I meet a lot of nice and interesting people when I drive the shuttle. It’s a nice way to welcome people.”
– Tom Goeller, Driver and ICH Auxiliary member who has volunteered at Inter-Community Hospital for the past five years and previously at Foothill Presbyterian Hospital
The Emanate Health Inter-Community Hospital (ICH) Auxiliary recently funded the purchase of a new shuttle to serve more patients, families and visitors, with easier access to the hospital.
The new, six-seat electric shuttle transports visitors from their vehicles in the main parking lot to the hospital building and back. The new edition seats more passengers compared to its four-seat predecessor.
According to Corporate Director of Volunteer Services Tiffany Ramirez, “Over time, we started to realize that a new shuttle would be a better representation of Emanate Health.”
“I meet a lot of nice and interesting people when I drive the shuttle,” shared driver Tom Goeller, an ICH Auxiliary member who has volunteered at Inter-Community Hospital for the past four years and previously at Foothill Presbyterian Hospital. “It’s a nice way to welcome people.”
ABOUT THE ICH AUXILIARY
Each of Emanate Health’s three hospitals has its own Auxiliary, with volunteers who raise funds on an ongoing basis to support the hospitals. When a need arises — whether it be for a building renovation, new medical equipment or, in this case, a new shuttle — Auxiliary members work tirelessly to make it happen.
“Our Auxiliaries are really the force behind the scenes that plays a vital role in ensuring we have everything we need to care for our patients,” explained Tiffany. “Auxiliary funds have gone toward everything from wheelchairs to a CT scanner to the recent Emergency Department expansion. Their contributions are invaluable.”
Having joined the Inter-Community Hospital Auxiliary more than 29 years ago, ICH Auxiliary President Phyllis Rounds has dedicated countless hours to fundraising activities. “We had been wanting to do something special for our hospital,” explained Phyllis. “The Auxiliary Board voted on funding a shuttle because the parking lot has been filling up. It has been a godsend.”
Auxiliary fundraising activities include managing the hospital gift shop, coordinating vendor sales and operating the Bargain Box, a local thrift shop. At the end of each year, the Auxiliary donates the funds raised in support of their hospital. Over the past few years, they have donated more than $50,000 annually.
The Inter-Community Hospital Auxiliary also offers $1,000 scholarships each year to 10 local students.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Emanate Health, go to www.emanatehealth.org/volunteers.