Whidbey General Hospital

Women Honored for Early Support of Hospital

In 1957, a group of women formed the North Whidbey Women's Hospital Guild, which eventually led to the creation of guilds up and down Whidbey with a singular purpose in mind – to get a hospital built on the island.
Women Honored for Early Support of Hospital

Members of the Whidbey General Hospital Auxiliary look for familiar names on a plaque dedicated to the hospital's first guild, which was the forerunner of their auxiliary.

This original group, commonly referred to as “The Parent Guild,” generated the community support and political will that eventually led to the opening of Whidbey General Hospital in 1970.

After the hospital was built, the group changed its name to the Whidbey General Hospital Auxiliary. It has supported the hospital by volunteering and fundraising for the last 42 years.

The pioneering women behind the auxiliary were honored at a ceremony held Jan. 31 at the hospital, where the WGH Foundation, the WGH Auxiliary and hospital leadership unveiled a memorial plaque. A large heart in the center of the plaque is inscribed with the names of the original Parent Guild members who began the fundraising marathon that eventually led to WGH opening its doors. Surrounding the heart are plates for engraving the names of auxiliary members who have passed away.

Speakers at the dedication ceremony expressed gratitude for these visionary and hard-working women and acknowledged the debt of gratitude owed them by the hospital and community.

Please take some time on your next visit to the hospital to stop by the memorial and remember the amazing people honored there.

The Whidbey General Hospital Auxiliary, a nonprofit organization, is the umbrella group that encompasses the guilds and all volunteer activity at the hospital. To volunteer at Whidbey General or to join the auxiliary or a guild, please contact Nancy Bailey at 360-678-7656, ext. 3246 or 360-321-7656, ext. 3246.

 

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Women Honored for Early Support of Hospital

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