By Christine Galeone,

Staff Reporter

Over the years, the Milford Regional Medical Center (MRMC) Auxiliary, which was originally named the Ladies Aide, has raised nearly $1million to benefit MRMC, its patients and the community. “In the 1950s, tea and fancy sandwiches were served after each meeting,” Dawn Murphy, the auxiliary’s publicity officer, said. “The annual springtime ball was the highlight of the social season and was attended by more than 400 couples.”

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has limited the auxiliary’s meetings and fundraisers, it hasn’t dampened the group’s enthusiasm for its mission. It also hasn’t limited the nonprofit’s goals. Recently, it took on the ambitious challenge of raising $125,000 to support the renovation of the hospital’s fourth floor.

As stated on the auxiliary’s website, Foundation.MilfordRegional.org/AboutUs/Auxiliary/, its mission is “to provide the hospital, its patients, and community support through services, programs, the purchase of clinical equipment, and to provide funding for hospital expansions and renovations.” Its approximately 60 members currently meet monthly via Zoom from September through June.

The auxiliary provides scholarships each year. And its efforts have had a tremendous impact on the hospital. “In the past, we have raised $50,000 for the Intensive Care Unit and the Emergency Department Fund, donated $15,000 for the fourth floor Palliative and Oncology Department, $20,000 for the MRMC Tranquility Garden, and $20,000 for the Frank Saber Behavioral Health Room,” Murphy noted. “We also have provided smaller amounts to different departments within the hospital. Some examples are whiteboards for the patients’ rooms, warmette blankets, halo blanket sacks for maternity, a treadmill for cardiac rehab and TV remote controls for patients’ rooms.”

Murphy said that the auxiliary’s pledge to raise $125,000 to support the hospital’s fourth floor is a five-year commitment. And it should directly benefit patients. “The fourth floor has been transformed to fifteen private patient rooms complete with the highest level of technology and comfort for two of the most sensitive areas of patient care – oncology and palliative care,” Murphy explained.

Since the pandemic began, the Auxiliary hasn’t been able to hold Taste of the Towns, its largest annual fundraiser. The event features cuisine samples from more than 20 restaurants as well as an abundance of raffle baskets. However, its members are anticipating planning the next one as soon as possible. In the meantime, the organization welcomes donations.

And to continue its mission, the Auxiliary occasionally holds other fundraisers. “Our next fundraising event will be at the Muffin House,” Murphy said, adding that both the Mendon and Medway locations of Muffin House Café will participate, but the date hasn’t been determined. “Ten percent of the proceeds will be given to the Auxiliary…”

To learn about membership or making a donation, visit the Auxiliary’s website, Foundation.MilfordRegional.org/AboutUs/Auxiliary/, or contact the Auxiliary at 508-422-2228 or MRMC-Auxiliary@milreg.org.