The Orchard Hospital Auxiliary met on Wednesday, October 19 at the Gridley Methodist Church for their annual Fall Luncheon.

Joyce Spence presented service pins to several members. Member Cindy Croy was congratulated for 15 years; Hortensia Gonzalez, 10 years; Joyce Spence, 10 years; Sharon Sannar, Debbie Dosser, Kathy McIntosh and Mary Frith, five years each; Debbie Burgess and Teresa Sannar, one year each.

Spence announced that the medical scholarships awarded by the group to local or locally employed residents are at present full. Anyone who would like to apply for a future scholarship for study in a medical field is welcome to call Joyce (846-3450) for further information.

The Auxiliary is selling balloons at the hospital to honor or commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The price is $1 for a balloon and a card to be attached with the name of a breast cancer patient or survivor, or as a memorial. The balloons will be released en masse at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1259 French Avenue on October 29th at 5 p.m.

The Auxiliary will be holding a pre-holiday craft and bake sale on Friday, November 4, in the Community Meeting Room (previously the Chapel) of the hospital from 7 a.m.  until 2 p.m. A drawing will be held that day for the beautiful winter basket on display in the hospital lobby.

The Auxiliary announced the donation of new tables and chairs to enhance the usefulness of the Community Meeting Room, as it replaces the Conference Room at the Medical Specialty Center, which has been repurposed as much-needed enlarged waiting area for the Clinic, increasing from 25 seats to 60.

 Orchard Hospital CEO Steve Stark spoke to the group about the exciting new plans for our hospital. He stressed the importance of voting in the upcoming election. Especially important to our local community are “Yes” votes for Measure M (to keep our emergency room open) and Proposition 52 (to ensure that all funds intended for our hospital from a federal grant go to the hospital without being siphoned off to pay for other state programs). 

Following the program the group was treated to a delicious luncheon provided by the nutrition department of the hospital.