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Auxiliary Support

Volunteer Service and Fundraising Efforts

Founded in 1971, to support the aims and objectives of the hospital, the Auxiliary has supported East Jefferson General Hospital through volunteer service and fundraising efforts ever since. The mission of the Auxiliary is to further the goals and objectives of EJGH by channeling the energy of the citizens of the community wishing to contribute their time, talent and financial assistance.

At its inception, this non-profit group was composed of community volunteers dedicated to brightening the stays of East Jefferson General Hospital patients by delivering books and magazines throughout the hospital.

Proceeds from the Auxiliary go towards community programs including nursing education, certifications and healthcare. Over the years the Auxiliary has furnished one of the first emergency trauma rooms, a room in the neonatal unit, and bought equipment for x-rays, bone scans, pediatrics, the PACU room (recovery room), the Wellness Center, the Yenni Cancer Center, the Breast Care Center and more.

Now in its 50th year, the Auxiliary has donated over $2 million to the hospital and its programs.

Auxiliary support programs and events

Great Ladies and Great Gentleman Awards Luncheon
Since 1975, the Auxiliary has sponsored the Great Lady/Great Gentleman Awards to honor eight exceptional volunteers in the Greater New Orleans area. The luncheon is held annually and includes an auction, raffles and an awards presentation. Proceeds from the event fund a nursing scholarship program, a continuing education and certification program for nurses, and special hospital projects.

Nursing Scholarship Fund
The Auxiliary created the Nursing Scholarship Fund over 30 years ago. Since then, it has awarded nearly 200 nurses the opportunity to alleviate some of their education-related expenses through this scholarship.

The Nursing Scholarship is funded, primarily, through the annual Great Ladies and Great Gentleman's Luncheon. Nurses who apply and qualify for the scholarship receive $1,000 a semester to be used toward tuition, books, supplies or living expenses.

In order to be considered eligible, applicants must be enrolled in nursing school and ready to begin the clinical portion of their schooling. The Auxiliary considers all eligible students regardless of whether they are striving toward their associates' or bachelors' degree in nursing.

Nursing certification program
This program was organized by the hospital's nursing administration to assist nurses in obtaining certification. The Auxiliary raises funds for this endeavor.

Doctors' Day and Nurses' Day
The Auxiliary honors East Jefferson General Hospital doctors and nurses on their own special days for the dedication they show to the hospital and its patients all year long.

Member dues

Annual and lifetime Auxiliary memberships are available to anyone who wishes to join. A one-year membership is $35. A lifetime membership is $350 and may be paid over the course of one year.

Applying for membership? Call Rosalie Edwards at 504.466.8875 to join.


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  • Records/Rewards
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  • Historian
  • Social/Special Events
  • Installation
  • Telephone
  • Fundraising

2022-2023 Auxiliary Board

  • President, Lise Naccari
  • President Elect, Carrel Epling
  • 1st Vice President, Debbie Schmitz
  • 2nd Vice President, Rosalie Edwards
  • Corresponding Secretary, Lee Baraldi
  • Recording Secretary, Paige Lemieux
  • Treasurer, Darlene McGarry

Help us impact our community

A donation to the Auxiliary, no matter how large or small, can make a huge difference to a community hospital. Your decision to give will impact and save lives at East Jefferson General Hospital. Your partnership is greatly appreciated as East Jefferson General Hospital continues to strive to be the leader in excellence and quality healthcare for our region. To make a donation, please call Auxiliary President Lise Naccari at 504.202.3111.