Virginia Hospital Center Auxiliary
An organization of dedicated volunteers who find fulfillment in serving others
"The Auxiliary is the soul of this Hospital. You are not only an integral part. You are us. You are a big part of what makes this a Top 100 Hospital."
- James Cole, President of Virginia Hospital Center
A proud 80-year tradition
The Auxiliary has always been an integral part of the Hospital. Bertha Kelly, the prime organizer of the Auxiliary, was also the first Vice President of the Arlington Hospital Association, incorporated in 1934 for the purpose of building a Hospital for the County. Auxiliary fundraising enabled the Hospital to buy the land on which the current Hospital stands; and through the years monies (more than $1 million) raised by the Auxiliary have helped the Hospital continually improve both medical care and patient comfort.
Most importantly, Auxiliary members have given millions of hours in service to the Hospital community. Early volunteer efforts included sewing the Hospital’s linens, furnishing the nurses quarters, and staffing a patient library.
As the Hospital has grown, the tasks have changed. What hasn't changed is the basic mission of all Auxiliary members: provision of caring and knowledgeable service for patients and staff of, and visitors to Virginia Hospital Center.
Still playing a vital role
Virginia Hospital Center Auxiliary members serve in many capacities:
- Staffing Information Desks
- Providing wheelchair escort service
- Operating two Gift Shops
- Giving support service in a number of areas of Hospital operations: Intensive Care, Outpatient Surgery, Outpatient Clinic, GI Unit, Pre-operative Screening and Post-anesthesia Care.
Leaders in Service
The smile that greets you when you enter the Hospital. The help you need to get to your next appointment. The person who assists you in the Hospital gift shop. These wonderful volunteers are members of the Virginia Hospital Center Auxiliary. In 2014, Auxiliary volunteers provided 26,799 hours of service to the Hospital, saving the Hospital more than $600,000 in labor costs. In addition to volunteerism, the Auxiliary is a key partner in fundraising on behalf of the Hospital, contributing $110,000 to support the expansion of surgical capacity and surgical equipment and technology services at Virginia Hospital Center. This support helps fund construction of new operating rooms, upgrade to the Orthopedic surgery and Neurosurgery programs, and enhancement to the surgical information system at Virginia Hospital Center.