Community and Connection
Henry Mayo’s Auxiliary makes a difference while building camaraderie
Left to right: Henry Mayo Auxiliary President Mimi Baum, First Vice President/Membership Lucille Alosi, Corresponding Secretary Nancy Fisher, Recording Secretary Judy LeColst, and Treasurer David Simon
Their presence is felt throughout the hospital campus—from inside the hallways of Henry Mayo to the new patient tower that will open this summer. They’ve had a hand in bringing new advanced technologies to the hospital and supporting major projects, such as the opening of the Kim and Steven Ullman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Roberta G. Veloz Cardiac Cath Lab.
In short, the 100-plus men and women who comprise Henry Mayo’s Auxiliary are active volunteers who have devoted thousands of hours to the hospital and raised critical funds to enhance patient care and healthcare services in the Santa Clarita Valley.
“We support Henry Mayo’s core values and promote the health and welfare of the community,” said Auxiliary President Mimi Baum, adding that since 1962, the group has raised over $1 million for the hospital. “We collaborate with the [Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital] Foundation in helping to meet the greatest needs for patient services and healthcare equipment.”
Since 2015, the Auxiliary has pledged $550,000 for the new patient tower. The building will serve the growing needs of the community and offer new amenities and services to patients. Funds raised by the Auxiliary for the new tower are helping to fund a new hospital cafeteria, labor and delivery rooms, postpartum rooms in the tower’s new Center for Women and Newborns, and patient rooms on the other floors of the building.
In addition to hosting fundraising events, the Auxiliary assists with community tours and Parent Preview and Tyke Hike classes. Members also volunteer in a variety of areas, including Henry Mayo’s gift shop and information desk, driving the hospital shuttle that transports visitors and patients throughout the campus, anddelivering tea and snacks to hospital staff every month as part of the "Tea for the Soul" program.
Baum, who oversees the Auxiliary with First Vice President/Membership Lucille Alosi, Second Vice President/Programs Terri Dokovna, Recording Secretary Judy LeColst, Corresponding Secretary Nancy Fisher and Treasurer David Simon, said many Auxiliary members are retired and “want to give back to the community. There are also many young people who volunteer, such as high school and college students, who are interested in pursuing careers in healthcare.” Since 2016, the Auxiliary has also awarded two college scholarships annually to qualifying Henry Mayo volunteers.
"Joining the Auxiliary is a wonderful way of making a difference while enjoying camaraderie and a sense of community," Baum adds. IYH
For more information about getting involved with the Auxiliary, contact Henry Mayo’s Volunteer Services Department at 661.200.1500.