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The Auxiliary to BC Women's Hospital is an independent organization which supports patients and their families of BC Women's.
Ways the Auxiliary supports the hosptial
- Involved in the provision of in-service activities with patients and families of the health care centre
- Raising funds on behalf of the health care centre
- Supporting the in-service volunteer program by assisting as an advisory council in the recruitment and utilization of volunteers and making suggestions regarding beneficial ways to utilize the volunteer's time and talents in health care centre
- Serving as a communications agent between the health care centre and the community
- Taking part in activities that strengthen and improve the health care delivery system, such as legislative activities at all levels and health promotion activities
- Assisting the hospital by serving as one source of input for the initiation of approaches to improve the health care delivery system and assisting with community health related projects and programs to promote better use of existing resources.
What is the Auxiliary
The auxiliary is a self-governing membership organization. It is an entity that can be an independent corporation, or an unincorporated association - that is accountable directly to the hospital's administration. The auxiliary is founded by persons from the community who agree to work together to assist a health care institution in promoting the health and welfare of the community.Department of Volunteer Resources and the Auxiliary
The auxiliary's board of directors has ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the auxiliary organization on behalf of the total membership and in the interests of the institution. The auxiliary board serves as the leadership body, formulating policy and plans for the auxiliary. The responsibilities of the auxiliary board vary across health care institutions.
The department of volunteer resources and the auxiliary has specific and separate roles and responsibilities. Clearly defined and understood roles and responsibilities form the basis for mutual support and understanding. A committee of the auxiliary provides the link between the auxiliary and the department of volunteer resources.
Auxiliaries and volunteers represent a unique and valuable human resource to health care institutions. It is important that these relationships, responsibilities and accountabilities be clearly defined and understood by all parties involved. Clarification of functions and relationships is necessary to maximize the contributions of auxiliaries and in-service volunteers for the benefit to both the institution and the community.
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