The Delta Hospital Auxiliary Society was formed in 1969. There was no hospital in Delta at the time, but the first group of volunteers contributed time, effort and donations to help create an Extended Care Unit with an attached Emergency Room. In 1980 an Acute Care Unit was added and the Auxiliary is very proud to say that over $12 million has been donated to the Delta Hospital and the extended care Mountain View Manor over the years.
The Auxiliary runs many businesses to raise funds for the hospital. The biggest is the Thrift Shop which is a group of 3 stores: clothing, furniture and housewares. They also run the Dogwood Gift Shop and Courtyard Café, both inside the hospital. A medical alert program called Lifeline services over 400 clients in the Delta area. There is also the Vendors’ Program which sees local small businesses pay a small fee to the Auxiliary so they can advertise and sell their products at tables inside the hospital. Proceeds from the businesses support priority medical equipment, annual programs (Music Therapy, Spiritual Health Practitioner, Recreational Therapy etc.), and Student and Staff Bursaries.
In addition to the Auxiliary’s businesses, volunteers act as hospital greeters and way finders, visit patients, support Recreational Programs like bowling and bingo, arrange flowers and create comfort pillows for cancer patients.
In most years, over 400 volunteers work for the Delta Hospital Auxiliary.