For nearly fifty years, the Door County Medical Center Auxiliary has been serving the needs of patients at the hospital through volunteer work, events, and scholarships. As June approaches and county schools celebrate graduation, the Auxiliary is once again helping young people who aspire to careers in health care finance their educations.
“This year, the Auxiliary will give $21,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors and other local students who are continuing their education in the health care field,” explains Deb Hogan, president-elect of the Auxiliary and chair of the scholarship committee. “We also give scholarships to Ministry Door County Medical Center staff who are continuing their professional development.”
This year, students from schools ranging from Gibraltar all the way to Algoma and Luxemburg-Casco will benefit from the scholarships. “We had more than 60 applicants this year,” says Hogan. “It was a wonderful process to sift through the applications and learn how many local youth are already dedicated to a life of service, providing health care for others.”
The Door County Medical Center Auxiliary boasts a membership roster of more than 250, and its members provide volunteer services in many of Ministry’s departments including Oncology, Outpatient Surgery and the Emergency Department lobby. Auxiliary members are especially known for their weekly “Beauty Shop” that provides hairstyling for residents of the Skilled Nursing Facility. And of course, they raise funds for the scholarship fund that has seen hundreds of local residents complete their health care educations.
“Every year, our Angel Ball committee puts together a wonderful event that raises funds for our scholarship program,” explains Deb Hogan. “We are grateful for that group, and for all the community members who attend the ball to support education for those entering the medical field. In this way, we are supporting Ministry’s goal of providing quality health care, close to home, with expert providers who are also friends and neighbors.”
As Hogan gives another scholarship to a deserving high school senior, she muses “It’s really inspiring to meet these ambitious young people and know that they’ll be the ones providing health care for us in a few years. I feel we are going to be in very good hands.”