Hospital auxiliary celebrates 50 years

The Maui Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently celebrated the start of its 50th year of service with a luncheon at the Maui Beach Hotel Rainbow Dining Room. They were joined by volunteers, past and present, their guests, Maui Memorial Medical Center hospital administration and many dignitaries.

Auxiliary volunteer Sam Hughey received the Kulia Award for exemplary service to the auxiliary. Barbara Wilmore, a founding member of the auxiliary 50 years ago, was recognized.

Hospital Chaplin Nicole Saxon installed new officers for the year with words of praise and strength as well as saying grace before the buffet luncheon.

The new officers are president, Barbara Potopowitz; vice president, Amy Takatani; secretary, Marilyn Knecht; and treasurer, Amy Hanlon. Potopowitz gave a report of the year’s activities and changes.

Michael Rembis, CEO of Maui Memorial Medical Center, addressed the group. He provided an update on the status of the hospital and gave words of praise and encouragement to the auxiliary members and thanked them for their service.

Auxiliary members provide approximately 10,000 hours of service annually in 15 departments by 55 volunteers.

Over the years, the auxiliary has purchased over $1 million in equipment and provided funds for scholarships for the medical staff for continuing education.

The motto of the auxiliary is “be an angel.” Each volunteer was given a special 50th anniversary lapel pin of an angel in gold and blue. They also received a glass Earth Angel pendant that contained a piece of white angel feather and glitter. There were also door prizes.

The Maui Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Anyone 55 and over interested in volunteering for the auxiliary to promote the welfare and care of the patients in the hospital can contact the auxiliary office at 242-2333.