ELIH auxiliary sets contribution record

01/08/2014 8:00 AM |
COURTESY PHOTO | ELIH Auxilians Nora Busch, Alice Roggie, 1st Vice President with Paul J. Connor III, President/CEO, Eastern Long Island Hospital; Thomas E. Murray, Jr.; Toni DeMeo, Volunteer Services Coordinator and Helene Fall, 2nd Vice President.

COURTESY PHOTO | ELIH Auxilians Nora Busch, Alice Roggie, 1st Vice President with Paul J. Connor III, President/CEO, Eastern Long Island Hospital; Thomas E. Murray, Jr.; Toni DeMeo, Volunteer Services Coordinator and Helene Fall, 2nd Vice President.

Eastern Long Island Hospital’s Auxiliary set a personal record last year, contributing a total of nearly $375,000 to the hospital.

The auxiliary — which in November was named ‘Auxiliary of the Year’ by the Health Care Association of New York State — consists of nearly 300 volunteers, who contribute a total of approximately 25,000 volunteer hours annually.

ELIH President Paul Connor III said 2013 was “a record-breaking year thanks to the many volunteers who commit so much time and energy to their community hospital. Eastern Long Island Hospital is extremely grateful for the dedication and continuous support of this highly spirited group.”

In addition to transporting patients, aiding visitors and assisting clerical staff, auxiliary members perform advocacy work in the form of letter writing campaigns to local, state and federal officials. The group contributed $372,000 in total last year.

The hospital said that with the winter months in full swing, more volunteers are needed at this time however, since many volunteers head south for the winter months. Those interested in volunteering can call call Toni DeMeo, volunteer services coordinator, at 631-477-5196.

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