Memorial Medical Center Auxiliary
Founded in 1951 as part of the Women’s Improvement Association to serve the first Memorial General Hospital on Alameda Street, the current membership of over 200 Auxilians contributes over 45,000 volunteer hours annually in 32 hospital departments; members also conduct hospital tours and serve on the bi-monthly blood drive committee. The Memorial Medical Center Auxiliary has received statewide honors for their Cuddle Program, their Special Project Services, their Heartstrings program, and their newsletter. The Auxiliary raises funds through their gift shop and vending areas.
The Memorial Auxiliary Gift Shop - located next to the main hospital lobby—provides a wealth of interesting and unique gifts for all ages, as well as snacks, flowers, personal care items, and greeting cards. Operated by the Memorial Medical Center Auxiliary, the shop is open from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday. The Memorial Auxiliary Gift Shop was named 2008 & 2010 Best Gift Shop in the Las Cruces Sun-News Reader’s Choice Awards.
During fiscal year 2011-2012, the Auxiliary donated the following:
- Over $150,000 in healthcare scholarships to local students.
- Over $20,000 to healthcare and community programs, including the MMC Free Flu Immunization Clinic held in October.
For volunteer opportunities or more information on the Memorial Auxiliary, call Auxiliary Director Lynda Taylor at 575-521-5555.
Memorial Medical Center’s Humanities in Healthcare
A growing body of research shows that the integration of music, art, humor, healing gardens, soothing environments, and contact with animals can greatly enhance medical treatment, speed recovery, and promote health and healing. With this in mind, volunteers from the community and Memorial Medical Center have formed the Memorial Council for Humanities in Healthcare.
This group of volunteers has developed a program of complementary medicine that embraces a variety of disciplines and expressions--including vocal and instrumental music, art, a healing garden, pet therapy, and various special events. Volunteers assist us in creating these therapeutic and restorative environments especially for our patients and also for visiting families, friends, and the hospital staff.
For information on joining our innovative group, please contact the Reverend Dr. Margaret Short, Pastoral Care Coordinator, at 575-521-5579.