The Service Auxiliary of Staten Island University Hospital has two reasons to celebrate this year. Their 150th anniversary – making it the oldest continuous auxiliary in the country – and now, being named an Auxiliary of the Year by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS).
Each year, HANYS recognizes two auxiliaries – a small health care facility and a large one – that demonstrate a commitment to participating in advocacy activities on behalf of their hospitals, their communities, and the state’s health care system.
Winning in the Large Health Care Facility category, the SIUH Auxiliary received their award Tuesday (October 22), at a ceremony in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
More than 130 Auxilians, support the SIUH Service Auxiliary led by Barbara Strype, a registered nurse at the hospital and president of the Auxiliary. The Auxiliary has been an ambassador of goodwill to patients and visitors at SIUH since 1863.
Its longstanding tradition of supporting the mission of SIUH traces back to fundraisers that kept a tiny fledgling infirmary afloat in the late 19th century to embarking on major campaigns throughout the 20th century and today to fund hospital services and state-of-the-art medical equipment.
Through working with SIUH’s community outreach team, the Auxiliary has helped raise awareness of the hospital’s smoking cessation program, as well identify underinsured Staten Islanders at risk for colorectal cancer and fund life-saving colonoscopies.
After Hurricane Sandy, the Auxiliary raised $15,000 to help devastated SIUH employees and volunteers through the hospitals “Adopt a Family” program.
This year, the Auxiliary has pledged to raise $350,000 over the next seven years for SIUH’s children’s cancer program and a new comprehensive breast center.