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Noyes Health Auxiliary Hosts Guest Speakers from UR Medicine Wilmot Cancer Institute

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Noyes Health Auxiliary held its annual meeting dinner at Jack’s Place in Dansville on Tuesday, January 27th. Guest speakers for the dinner were Dr. Chunkit Fung and Dr. Elizabeth Guancial, both from UR Medicine, Wilmot Cancer Institute. They spoke to the group about working with patients with cancer, bladder cancers in particular, and the holistic approach Wilmot takes. Most importantly they told the group of women attendees that many support programs for cancer patients will be made available in Dansville. The two young and impressive physicians shared their excitement for the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center project in Dansville. They also explained how Wilmot Cancer Institute works with its regional partners to provide exceptional care for patients at all treatment locations.

President/CEO of Noyes Health, Amy Pollard gave an update on the cancer center and all the construction and renovations taking place at the hospital. Auxiliary officers for 2016 were elected by the members present. Auxiliary President, Gerri Long; Vice-President, Mary Ann Scharmburg; Treasurer, Mary Hoad; Secretary, Loretta Stratton.

The Noyes Memorial Hospital Auxiliary which began in 1952 as a small group of local women is now a group of over 120 dedicated volunteers from Dansville and the surrounding communities whose primary goal is to conduct fundraising projects and donate the proceeds to Noyes Health. The biggest source of revenue is the Spice Box Gift Shop and Coffee Bar located in the hospital lobby. The Gift Shop began in 1962 as a cabinet with items to purchase in the main lobby of the “old” hospital. It is now a full service shop with dedicated space in the hospital lobby carrying unique gift items, jewelry, fresh flowers and coffee bar open to the public.

The Auxiliary has sponsored and donated to many of the hospital’s improvement projects throughout the years and is the second largest donor to the Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department which opened in June of 2014. At the dinner Gerri Long presented a check for $56,500.00 to Amy Pollard, the second installment of the auxiliary’s four year commitment to the Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department project.

For more information on the Spice Box, how to volunteer or make a donation please contact Sue Mettler, Manager at 585-335-4288 or smettler@noyeshealth.org .

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