Winchester Medical Center Auxiliary to celebrate milestones Monday

WINCHESTER – Winchester Medical Center Auxiliary will mark three milestones on Monday during its general membership meeting.

Pamela Pampe, auxiliary publicity chair, shared her excitement for the event-filled day that begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Conference Center lobby at 1888 Amherst St.

“It brings me great joy that I was able to participate in this event,” she said.

The first milestone will be marked by the unveiling of the auxiliary display case that showcases 116 years of history at the hospital. The case includes newspaper clippings, uniforms, mugs, volunteer awards and pencils that were given out in the 1950s to raise funds for the hospital.

“A call was put out into the community for items that showcased the hospital’s history,” Pampe said. “The community was so generous and we received more items than we could handle.”

She said the case, which will be changed two times a year, will provide a look into the last 116 years of the hospital and its changes over the years.

Some of the items are on loan, Pampe said, while others were given to the auxiliary.

The second milestone will recognize the longest-serving volunteers of the auxiliary.

“We invited the longest and oldest volunteers, as well as the newest ones to celebrate those who created the history of the auxiliary, but also those who will carry on its future chapters,” Pampe said.

The timespan for the volunteers is a few weeks to over 30 years. A breakfast will be served to recognize and thank them.

The third milestone will be the presentation of checks for funds raised by the auxiliary over the last year to support the Cancer Center and Blue Ridge Hospice. Winchester Medical Center will receive a check for $270,000.  Blue Ridge Hospice will receive a check for $30,000.

The auxiliary is $171,000 away from its $1 million dollar goal, Pampe added.

In addition to the milestones, the general membership meeting will feature guest speaker Bill Ventress, executive director of Behavioral Health Services at the medical center and Valley Health. His presentation begins at 10 a.m. and will be on behavioral health in the senior population. Lunch will follow.

“Being able to celebrate over 116 years of successes with the community is a big milestone, “ Pampe said. “We encourage the community to come out and learn how they can support their local auxiliary and hospital.”

If You Go


Where: Conference Center lobby, 1888 Amherst St.

When: 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday.

Admission: Free.