Believing that an Auxiliary could provide services to the Williamsburg Community Hospital, the WCH Auxiliary organized on November 20, 1962 with 47 Charter Members. The purpose of the Auxiliary was to provide funding and physical assistance to achieve the highest level of technical and educational standards in the Williamsburg Community Hospital. Today, as in the past, projects funded by the Auxiliary support various health needs, enhance the quality of care, and provide scholarship programs within the Williamsburg community. Over the past 50+ years the Auxiliary has provided equipment, resources and services totaling over $1.5Million ‐‐ we know our job is not finished and we currently provide:
- Free Mammograms & Bone Density tests for the uninsured in the greater Williamsburg area. Started in 1998 this program received the National 2002 American Hospital’s H.A.V.E. Award (Hospital Award for Volunteer Excellence). Our free mammogram program was recognized as the best volunteer program in the country and was celebrated at a congressional reception in Washington, DC. Gert Berthiaume, Auxiliary member and the programs founder, won Williamsburg’s “Women with a Cause” Award in 2007.
- Since 2013 the Auxiliary has sponsored the Unique Boutique, a special place to provide complimentary wigs, hand knitted chemo caps, scarves, lab robes, shawls and hats to women undergoing chemotherapy in the Williamsburg community.
- Our fundraising projects have provided capital to create a Meditation Room, a Chapel, and a Healing Garden at the Williamsburg Regional Medical Center.
- We have awarded many Scholarships to local students and adults wishing to start or further their careers in the healthcare field.
- Each year we supply items to enhance patient’s experience at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center: From mobility learning devices, occupational health equipment, hearing/speaking communications systems to handmade baby hats, December‐born infant Christmas stockings and patient tray favors for in‐hospital patients!