The Palo Alto Memorial Hospital Auxiliary was organized in 1957. Mrs. Carl Klingaman served as the first President for the group's 600 members.
A certificate of Institutional Membership of the American Hospital Auxiliary of the Iowa Association was granted May 25, 1959.
The Auxiliary's membership swelled to 1020 in 1962, after the membership became part of the Unifund Drive. This all happened just in time to welcome 7000 people to an Open House at the newly constructed Palo Alto County Hospital in October 1965.
The Auxiliary Today
The Palo Alto County Hospital Auxiliary is a true county endeavor with all areas of the county represented on the Board.
The Auxiliary Board meets every third Wednesday of the month with the exception of May, July, August and December. An Annual Luncheon is held as a general meeting each third Wednesday in October. The meetings have served as a forum during which members plan their activities.
The Palo Alto County Hospital Auxiliary remains a very strong supporter of the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg, Iowa. Through its annual membership drives and various fund raisers, the Auxiliary has made numerous contributions to the hospital through equipment purchases, scholarships and furnishings.
Anyone is welcome to attend the Auxiliary meetings held on the third Wednesday each month (with the exception of May, July, August and December) at 1:30 P.M. in the hospital education room. In addition to the officers, special committee members and representatives from each town in the county make up the executive board. This is an excellent group of volunteers who donate their time and skills in order to benefit the local hospital.
Funds to purchase equipment and support programs at Palo Alto County Hospital are raised by Unifund, memberships to the Auxiliary, and by various fundraisers throughout the year. Some of the fundraisers include:
- Annual Valentine’s Day Home-made Candy Sale (February)
- Annual Salad Luncheon (3rd Wednesday in April)
- Annual Bake Sale (Second Friday in November)
- Annual Meeting for All Members and Guests (3rd Wednesday in October)
- Auxiliary Gift Shop Sales
- Jewelry Sales
- Book Sales
- Vending machine profits
- Card Marathon
For More Information on the Palo Alto County Hospital Auxiliary
If you are interested in learning more about the Palo Alto County Hospital Auxiliary, please call the hospital at 712-852-5500.
If you would like to purchase a membership or make a donation to the Palo Alto County Hospital Auxiliary, please send your membership information to:
The Palo Alto County Hospital Auxiliary
3201 1st Street
Emmetsburg, IA 50536
Yearly Memberships are:
Regular Membership: $5.00 per year
Contributing Membership: $10 or more
Lifetime Membership: $100.00