2015-2016 Auxiliary Executive Board and Branch Presidents
One of the most active opportunities for volunteering at Chester County Hospital is through one of its many Women's Auxiliaries. The women who generously give in this capacity represent the gentle arms of a community dedicated to their community health care provider. Lasting friendships have been made among the members who represent our Auxiliaries. Energetic and organized, their work at the hospital is evident and greatly appreciated.
The Women's Auxiliary to the Chester County Hospital was founded in 1893, just one year after the hospital's founding. The volunteer group was organized for the purpose of extending the interests of the hospital to all parts of the County and to raise funds for building, furnishing and maintaining the hospital. It also renders personal services in the hospital through hospital-Auxiliary coordinated programs. Today, with a membership in the hundreds, it continues to raise friends and funds for the hospital.
The Women's Auxiliary organizes various familiar and new events throughout the year, all in the effort to support the Hospital. Each year, the Women's Auxiliary raises about $650,000 through various special events and projects.
Heart disease is the leading cause of mortality in the U.S., attributed to 1 in every 4 deaths. Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital wants to reduce those numbers and is embarking on a $4.8 million project that includes a $500,000 pledge from the Women's Auxiliary to replace its Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.
When completed, the Laboratory will perform state-of-medicine procedures, such as cardiac ablation, which brings your heart's rhythm back to normal if you have atrial fibrillation, or one of many other abnormally fast or irregular heart rhythms. Or if atherosclerosis, hardening of your arteries, is your diagnosis the Laboratory will be there with laser peripheral vascular intervention and other complex vascular procedures, removing the plaque and restoring blood flow.
With 2,150 Americans dying daily from diseases of the heart, a better, faster pathway to heal your heart is our goal!
Chester County Day™
Always the first Saturday in October, this historic home tour raises more than $100,000 each year for the hospital. A tradition since 1936, it attracts approximately 3,500 participants from across the United States and Canada.
Women's Auxiliary Gift Shop (WAGS)
The Gift Shop features a wonderful assortment of unique jewelry, affordable and distinctive gift items, greeting cards and fresh flowers. As a destination point for all gift giving, WAGS features merchandise for birthdays, new baby, holidays and much more. The shop hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. Located on the first floor of the hospital, the Gift Shop is open daily.
The Encore Shop
Located in Kennett Square at the intersection of Routes 1 and 52, this upscale consignment shop specializes in women's and men's clothing, jewelry, as well as small antiques and glassware.
FORE Health Invitational™
Held in June at one of the County's premier golf courses, the outing benefits Chester County Hospital's Women's and Children's Health Services.
Featuring the finest wines, fare, shopping, entertainment and more, this annual event at the renowned Dilworthtown Inn event benefits The Cancer Program of Chester County Hospital and Neighborhood Hospice.
Beef ~ Beer ~ Boogie™
In mid-March, the Greystone Branch to the Women's Auxiliary throws their Annual celebration of St. Patrick's Day at the West Chester Golf and Country Club. The event features Irish and local beers, a feast complete with Corned Beef and all the trimmings, live music, a silent auction and authentic Irish spirit.
This annual project is for everyone's holiday shopping pleasure in mid-December near the main lobby of the hospital. The sale features hand-made gift items like jewelry, scarves and ornaments, and home-baked goodies. It is a perfect opportunity to finish holiday shopping while supporting the hospital.
Begun in 2007, the Polo Cup is an annual event that brings together the exciting sport of polo with a fun and festive tailgating atmosphere. This event draws up to 1000 people in attendance and is always held the second Sunday in June.
The women of the Auxiliary lend their support and compassion to make the environment of the hospital more delightful for patients and employees. They sew pillows for heart surgery patients, knit caps for newborns, and make hats for cancer patients. In addition, they create meal tray favors for special occasions and holidays. Just as all hospital volunteers do, the Women's Auxiliary serves to build a comforting hospital experience.
The Women's Auxiliary consists of 11 branches involving members of all ages. We encourage new members to select a branch that best meets her needs. Any volunteer can join any branch. Each division is unique in its location, size, demographics, special events and dues structure. They each meet at various dates, frequency and support different events or projects at the hospital.
|Brandywine||4th Monday (pm)|
|East Marlborough||4th Thursday|
|Hershey's Mill||2nd Monday|
|Kennett Square||3rd Thursday|
|Turk's Head||4th Wednesday (pm)|
|West Chester - Day||3rd Thursday|
|West Chester - Evening||2nd Thursday (pm)|
Last Updated: 1/12/2016