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Auxiliary of the JFK Medical Center Foundation Provides Strong Support to Hospital

Fran Yorey, left, Judith L. Spiegel co-presidents, Auxiliary of the JFK Medical Center Foundation

July 21, 2016. Star Ledger

Established in 1962, the Auxiliary of the JFK Medical Center Foundation has worked to support the hospital by conducting fundraisers, holding community service programs and promoting health education. NJ Advance Media recently spoke with Co-Presidents Fran A. Yorey and Judith L. Spiegel about the Auxiliary and its efforts to support JFK Medical Center.

Fran Yorey, left, Judith L. Spiegel co-presidents, Auxiliary of the JFK Medical Center Foundation

Fran Yorey, right, Judith L. Spiegel co-presidents, Auxiliary of the JFK Medical Center Foundation

July 21, 2016. Star Ledger

Established in 1962, the Auxiliary of the JFK Medical Center Foundation has worked to support the hospital by conducting fundraisers, holding community service programs and promoting health education. NJ Advance Media recently spoke with Co-Presidents Fran A. Yorey and Judith L. Spiegel about the Auxiliary and its efforts to support JFK Medical Center.

Q: What is the JFK Auxiliary?

A: The Auxiliary of the JFK Medical Center Foundation is comprised of volunteers who conduct community service programs, health education, and fundraising efforts on behalf of JFK Medical Center and its affiliates.

Q: What was the original purpose of the Auxiliary?

A: At the time it was founded, with no major hospital in the area, the Auxiliary became engaged in fundraising, focusing its efforts to ensure the timely construction of the new JFK Medical Center. Once the medical center opened, the Auxiliary expanded its activities to encompass a range of community service events, programs and projects.

Q: What are the Auxiliary’s activities?

A: The Auxiliary has provided more than $16 million through its annual gala, baby alumni and baby photo services, gift shop, on-site vendor sales and other special events. The Auxiliary also maintains a strong commitment to JFK’s patients and the community through health education and community service programs, including patient library services, geriatric aid, scholarship programs, the community breast cancer awareness programs and more.

Q: What is different about what the Auxiliary does today versus 50 years ago?

A: Our mission of promoting the welfare of the medical center and its affiliates continues unabated since our founding. We split our time between our community service and fundraising activities, although clearly both have expanded considerably since we were established.

Q: Do you envision new programs in the immediate future?

A: Departments in the medical center come to us when they have a need and ask for financial help. A few examples of this include the Pediatric Emergency Department, the Nursery, and the Stroke and Neuro-Specialty Unit.

Q: What have been the most successful programs?

A: We view all of our ongoing fundraising activities as successes, as virtually all started as one-time events and have proven their worth with their ongoing success. We are pleased with the remarkable growth in our women’s health-oriented programs and those related to babies as they reflect the strong growth of those disciplines within the medical center. The metrics by which we judge success are likely to vary between programs. For example, viewing of the closed-circuit Pastoral Channel, funded by the Auxiliary, was associated with a decrease in the use of pain medications by patients.

Q: What is the scope of the scholarship program?

A: The Auxiliary funds scholarships at local high schools and colleges for students interested in continued studies in health-related or science disciplines. Our Reflections program, in which people make donations in the names of loved ones, is the funding source for the scholarship program, delivering approximately eight scholarships every year.

Q: What kind of skills and experience are ideal for new members?

A: Volunteers provide help ranging from accounting and computer skills to marketing and education. When recruiting new volunteers, we have a discussion about their skills, interests and experience, and then work with them to match those attributes to the right job. We are looking for energy and ideas, and people who will contribute to the fun that we have in our activities. For more, visit jfkmc.org/jfk-foundation. Fran Yorey, left, Judith L. Spiegel co-presidents, Auxiliary of the JFK Medical Center Foundation