Throwback Thursday: Decades of service from hospital volunteers
By Kristy Bleizeffer Apr 21, 2021
In May 1953, a group of civic-minded women formed the first Hospital Auxiliary for Memorial Hospital of Natrona County.
Six months later, the auxiliary boasted 218 members who manned the hospital's hostess desk 12 hours per day, directing visitors and patients around the hospital, relaying messages, delivering books and flowers, according to a feature article in the Tribune Herald, published on Nov. 25, 1953.
"More important, perhaps, than the simple but helpful duties performed by the auxiliary is the goodwill which has been created between the hospital and community through this infant organization. These women have taken a stake in their community and now, as never before, the community is learning what goes on inside the hospital which it patronizes and supports," wrote the article's author, Betty James, Tribune-Herald staff writer.
Then, membership dues were $1 per year.
The auxiliary has since evolved into the Wyoming Medical Center Volunteers. Sixty-eight years after its founding, the Volunteers Services has more than 100 members, both men and women, who manage the Cottage Gift Shop, escort patients around the hospital, man our information booths and so many more vital functions to the operation of this hospital. Our younger volunteers, who used be called candy stripers for their red-striped uniforms, now wear navy polo shirts.
In honor of National Volunteer Week, and in celebration of our particularly dedicated group, we’re sharing some of the volunteer highlights from our scrapbooks. Click on the photos below to enlarge and read more about our volunteers through the decades.
Throwback Thursday is a series celebrating Wyoming Medical Center’s long and rich history in Natrona County. Special thanks to the Casper College Western History Center which archives the vast Wyoming Medical Center collection of newspaper articles, photographs and other memorabilia, and to "Wyoming Medical Center: A Centennial History" by Rebecca A. Hunt, Ph.D.