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To work behind the Auxiliary coffee cotmters, you must be: a
mathematician, an interpreter of many dialects, a person who
doesn’t mind standing, able to work with and around others, and
of an extraordinarily good disposition!
Mrs. Nancy Craven (left), Auxiliary office manager, and Mrs.
Betty Leach, Auxiliary president, find that management of
Auxiliary affairs calls for a good bit of record-keeping. All is
not easy in the world of management, but Mrs. Craven and Mrs.
Leach make the work look deceptively easy with their good-
Library carts provide books for the bedridden. It is truly an act
of service to push these heavy carts into and out of elevators, as
well as around corners, I. V. poles, wheelchairs, and distracted
Mrs. Mary Daugherty, admin
istrative secretary for the Hos
pital Auxiliary, may be seen in
one of several places through
out the day checking to make
sure that “all things Auxiliary”
are kept running smoothly.
(Duke photos by McKee)
by George Kantner
A most deserving organization—THE WOMEN’S
AUXILIARY OF DUKE HOSPITAL—receives our
accolade this month.
We see them at work every day; and, like many loyal
and faithful members of the Medical Center family,
the size and scope of their service to the patients and
staff of the Hospital is not fully realized. This brief
summary should be helpful to all of us in learning
something about the ladies in the ‘cherry red’ smocks.
Organized in 1950 with the mission of interpreting
the Hospital service to the community, the Auxiliary
has a membership numbering about two hundred and
By operating two snack bars, the group provides
a much needed source of nourishment to both visitors
and employees. To the patients in the wards they
bring books, magazines, and an assortment of sundry
items by means of shop carts. This service means a
great deal to those confined to hospital beds.
The friendly assi.stance in the form of reception, in
formation, and guide service in the Outpatient Depart
ment is extremely helpful in making the stranger feel
a bit more at ease upon entering the maze of corridors
and clinics which confront him upon arrival. The
small-fry patients receive attention in the form of games
and other items attractive to children.
The Junior Volunteer Program, better known as the
Candy-Striper Program, brings about a hundred young
ladies between the ages of 14 and 18 to helj) out in the
clinic and ward areas each summer. This jirogram
offers the youngster a splendid opportunity to learn
to work with a group and to give part of her time
for the benefit of others.
Any financial success realized by the Auxiliary enter
prises is returned to the Hospital in many ways. These
include: murals and furniture for the Pediatric Clinic,
furniture for the sun porch, special eciuipment items for
Nursing Service, the decoration of the Main Lobby, and
TV sets for eight public wards. This listing could’con
tinue but will end with the revelation that the Auxiliary
has also set aside a sizable amount of funds for the con
struction of a Hospital Chapel, which is to be con
structed in the near future.
This is our Auxiliary—giving freely of its time and
talents—for the benefit of the Hospital. The members
have earned more than an accolade—how about a stand