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St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary: Franciscan Foundation
Who we are
The St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary is a women’s organization whose members share one common purpose: raising funds to provide services, programs and equipment for St. Francis Hospital and its patients. Because CHI Franciscan is a nonprofit organization, these monies can help fund special activates and projects that are not included the St. Francis Hospital’s annual budgets.
Through this support, the Auxiliary helps St. Francis Hospital fulfill its mission of promoting healthier communities.
St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way was incorporated in January, 1983 and opened to the community in May, 1987.
The St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary was formed in February 1987. Between 1987 and 2017, the Auxiliary raised over $250,000 to fund equipment request, special programs, and other needs of St. Francis Hospital and its patients. The first request ever funded: car seats for new parents in the Family Birth Center.
Service through philanthropy
The Auxiliary’s membership roster represents a diverse group of women from throughout the community, ranging in ages and interests. A five-member Governing Board heads the Auxiliary and these Board Members are authorized to create standing committees, according to the needs of the organization.
Each month, Auxiliary members meet to identify, organize and ultimately host a variety of fundraising activities. The monies raised from these activities are funneled directly into St. Francis Hospital, earmarked for specific projects, equipment or patient care programs.
The Auxiliary’s Philanthropy Committee reviews funding requests submitted from hospital staff, and then recommends to the Auxiliary at-large how the dollars should be allocated. Some examples include:
- X-ray screen
- IV pumps for the Emergency Services department
- Transport monitors
- Aquarium for the Oncology waiting room
- Blood pressure monitor for the Cardiopulmonary department
- Cancer retreats
- Cardiac monitoring equipment
On-going programs funded by the Auxiliary
- Emergency Services department clothing for patients in need
- Music in Healing Program
- We Care Bags for families in the outpatient waiting room
Most of the Auxiliary’s fundraising programs are held in the evenings; many are so popular that they’ve become signature events. The list includes:
- Spring/Fall Fashion Show
- Comedy Night
- Treasure Chest
Active Member: $25 annually
Associate Member: $50 annually (inactive or out of state)
Lifetime Member: $250 one-time payment
The Auxiliary’s General Meeting is held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month (September through May). We also host a Summer Social to re-connect at the end of summer; this event is often held at a member’s home and is geared to new members and reacquainting with old friends.
5–6 p.m. Sunshine Hour – Time to create small tray favors to go on the meal trays for patients
6-6:30 p.m. Social meet and greet; light refreshments served
6:30–7 p.m. Auxiliary business
7–8 p.m. Featured speaker or project
The Auxiliary Board Meeting is held each month in the St. Francis Garden Conference Room.
How to become a member
We invite you to join the St. Francis Auxiliary, and welcome you to attend the next scheduled meeting or attend our Summer Social in August!
If you have any questions about the St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary, please contact one of the board members listed below: