Carrie Petersen, far right, installs the new Northern Inyo Hospital Auxiliary Board during a luncheon Wednesday at Aaron Schat’s Roadhouse restaurant. The new officers are, left to right: Judy Fratella, President; Richard Rogers, Vice President; Sharon Moore, Treasurer; Cathy Bahm, Recording Secretary; and Carole Sample, Corresponding Secretary. Photo by Barbara Laughon/Northern Inyo Healthcare District
NIH Auxiliary installs new officers
With more than 6,600 volunteer hours logged for operational year 2015-16, the Northern Inyo Hospital Auxiliary began a new year of service Wednesday afternoon (May 11) with the installation of its 2016-17 officers.
Judy Fratella will serve as Auxiliary President with Richard Rogers installed as Vice President. Sharon Moore will be the group’s Treasurer with Cathy Bahm serving as Recording Secretary and Carole Sample serving as Corresponding Secretary.
Carrie Petersen, Chief of Fiscal Services for Northern Inyo Healthcare District, swore the new officers’ slate into their respective posts. Petersen thanked the Auxiliary for its many years of gracious service to the healthcare district and noted a continued need for the group’s support.
“Northern Inyo would not have many of the advancements it has today without the tireless efforts of the Auxiliary members,” Petersen said. “Our team thanks you for all you do and we look forward to continuing to work side-by-side to improve our communities, one life at a time.”
Several Auxiliary members were honored for devoted service during the installation luncheon. Among those honored were Bert Johnson for her contribution of 14,000 lifetime hours of service; Sharon Moore for 13,500 hours; Nona Jones, 9,000 hours; Judy Fratella, 5,500 hours; Sharon Thompson, 3,500 hours; Shirley Stone, 2,500 hours; Vivian Mitchel, 2,000 hours; Addie Zaragosa, 1,500 hours; Betty Anziano, Cathy Bahm and Carole Sample, 1,000 hours each; Aleta London, Richard Rogers and Cheryl Underhill, 500 hours each; and Betty Buckle and John Underhill, 100 hours each.
The purpose of the NIH Auxiliary is to render service to the hospital and its patients through ways approved or proposed by the Governing Board of the Northern Inyo Healthcare District.
Founded in the early 1960s, the Auxiliary began tracking its volunteer hours in 1982. Since that time, Northern Inyo Hospital Auxiliary members gave 189,185 volunteer hours and $506,144.36 toward equipment donations for the hospital.
Equipment purchases offset by Auxiliary donations include the Emergency Department’s Ultrasound machine, the Automated Breast Ultrasound machine which allows early detection of breast cancer in women with dense breast tissue, and a mini Immunoassay Analyzer, which increased the hospital’s ability to quickly diagnose and treat bacterial infections.
The Auxiliary raises its funds through its hospital gift shop sales, its annual Fall Yard Sale and through its popular Holiday Craft Boutique. Donations to the Auxiliary are welcome as well.
About Northern Inyo Healthcare District: Founded in 1946, Northern Inyo Healthcare District features a 25-bed critical access hospital, a 24-hour emergency department, a primary care rural health clinic, a diagnostic imaging center, and clinics specializing in women’s health, orthopedics and neurology, pediatrics and allergies and general surgery. Continually striving to improve the health outcomes of those who rely on its services, Northern Inyo Healthcare District aims to improve our communities one life at a time. One team, one goal, your health.