Riverton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary honored at recent Wyoming Hospital Association Conference

Riverton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary members (L to R): Mary Katherine Lansing (charter member), Marla Miller (gift shop manager), Linda Bebout (past president), and Margaret Peart (president).

(Riverton, Wyo.)- The Riverton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary was recognized as the 2013 Outstanding Auxiliary in Wyoming. The group was nominated in honor of their forty years of volunteer service to the Riverton Hospital and community.

In October 1973 a group formed to support what was then a county-owned hospital. Their first project was the purchase of a piece of equipment, a Surgi Lift which cost $1,200. With a treasury of $146, a candy cart and a showcase to display handcrafted items, they soon were able to meet their goal. The volunteers continued to support needs in the hospital and in the community. They donated money to the Senior center to purchase “Smart Phone Alert Systems” in the early 80’s; they helped furnish a community closet of health-related items that would be loaned to homebound patients; they purchased car seats that were rented to parents. The auxiliary was also an important partner in organizing the first Health Fairs in Riverton.

When the hospital was sold to a proprietary firm in the mid 1980’s, the focus for the auxiliary volunteers changed. While continuing to run a gift shop and help with patient-focused programs, the group turned their attention to the health care needs in the community. They established scholarships for students entering the CWC Nursing program, contributing several thousand dollars over the past 20 years. They have made donations to the Help for Health Bus and Hospice Home, and to some of the social welfare programs run by the various veterans groups in the community.

Three of the charter members remained active until very recently. Two members, Viola Hill and Iras Trover have moved from the area, leaving Mary Katherine Lansing as the remaining active charter member.

The current members of the auxiliary would like to invite all former volunteers to a celebration of the 40th Anniversary on Friday, October 11th at the Reach Foundation Clubhouse from 1-3 PM. We also would like to include any and all of the nurses in the community who were recipients of our scholarships over the years.