The SMHC Auxiliary has been an integral part of the hospital family since 1907, raising over $2,000,000 since1991. The Auxiliary consists of friends of the hospital including former patients, current employees and retirees, physicians' family members, and neighbors. Auxiliary members live in the communities SMHC serves from Sanford to Old Orchard Beach. Each believes in the importance of quality, community health care that provides the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology.
The Auxiliary's main on-going projects include the operation of SMHC's Gift Shop, the annual Girls Night Out each June, SMHC Benefit Golf Tournament each September, and the Tree of Life memorial celebration which currently supports lifesaving measures at SMHC. Each year, the Auxiliary selects a special project that benefits SMHC, its patients and its staff.
Currently, the Auxiliary is involved in SMHC’s renovation project at the Biddeford Medical Center to convert most inpatient rooms into private rooms at no additional charge to the patient which is a new national standard. The SMHC Auxiliary is supporting this program with a $90,000 pledge to be paid over the next two years because they believe that the enhanced safety, privacy and ability of loved ones to stay close if they wish are critically important. Private rooms will become the standard at SMHC. The transformative project will improve patient and staff safety, privacy, and comfort with improved infection control; enhanced privacy during personal discussions between physicians, nurses, patients, and patients’ families; and reduced noise and disturbances to patients during the healing process. Moreover, each room will include a comfortable visiting area and day bed as well as a mounted lift to assist in the movement of patients.
The SMHC Auxiliary always welcomes new members, including hospital volunteers. They began as a group of 31 and now boast a membership of nearly 250. For more information on the SMHC Auxiliary, please call Melissa Nadeau at 283-7225.