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Junior Board of Kent General Hospital

 

An Historical Perspective

The Junior Board was founded on November 6, 1947 by 34 local women with the desire to help their community and hospital. Since that time, the Junior Board has grown and changed to keep pace with out community.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this organization shall be to bring together at frequent intervals those who are interested in the betterment of the Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, financially and otherwise.  For this purpose, we shall take such practical action as may seem wise and desirable after adequate study.  We shall operate on a general policy, which will meet with the approval of the Board of Directors of the hospital. 

Facts about the Junior Board

Fifty charter members are credited with establishing the Junior Board. In the early years, members staffed a card table in the hospital’s lobby to help control the number of visitors. That was just the beginning of a growing tradition.

Each January, the Junior Board partners with the Milford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary for the Black & White Gala. This event raises funds and awareness for both institutions within Bayhealth.  Funds from this event have paid for healthcare scholarships and donation of items for the new Cancer Center at Kent General Hospital.

In addition to the Black & White Gala, the Junior Board raises funds by holding a number of lobby sales and bake sales during the year for employees and visitors. 

Junior Board Members also volunteer to assist with patient mail delivery, manning the hospital information desk, giving out information on hospital events, selling raffle tickets for various hospital activities, volunteering in the hospital gift shop cafe, and visiting with new patients to help ensure that their stay is as comfortable as possible.

No matter what your interest or skills, the Junior Board has a volunteer position for you!

Benefits of Junior Board Membership

The satisfaction of helping in your community is not the only benefit Junior Board members enjoy. A variety of benefits are available to board members:

  • Discounted membership fee for those wishing to join the LifeStyles Fitness Center.
  • All volunteers are eligible to purchase prescriptions and over-the-counter medicine from the hospital pharmacy at employee rates. 
  • Use of the hospital cafeteria. Junior Board members are asked to wear their smock or badge to receive the associate discounted price.
  • Special recognition and activities scheduled during National Volunteer Week.
  • 10% discount on purchases in the Retail Store (some exclusions may apply)

Who are Junior Board Members?

Junior Board members are special people who give their time to helping others. They also have the opportunity to make new friends and develop new interests. In addition to the personal satisfaction which comes from helping others, members of the Junior Board make an important contribution to our Central Delaware community.

How to Become a Member

Becoming a Junior Board is easy.  Members are asked to volunteers for 20 hours a year and annual dues are just $5. If you are interested in becoming a member by calling Claire Bradley, membership chair, at (302) 697-6616.

Donations throughout the Years

Through the efforts of the Junior Board members, more than $2.6 million has been donated to Kent General Hospital for many purposes. Some of which are:

  • $500,000 to Campaign for Bayhealth / 2002-2007
  • Updated Women’s Center / 2011
  • Purchased equipment for delivery room, laboratory, X-Ray dark room, stretchers, tables and stools
  • Hospital grounds improvements
  • Upgraded the hospital Chapel
  • Equipment and renovations for pediatrics
  • New birthing rooms
  • Trauma Beds
  • Transporting isolet
  • Incubators
  • Blanket Warmers

Fall Bake Sale:

  Lobby Sale:

Donation of incubators to Neonatal Instensive Care Unit:

Donation for the creation of a wall mural at the new Trauma/Emergency Department

   

Winner of 2012 Quilt Raffle

Selling quilt tickets for Go Pink! Quilt

2012 Check Presentation of $100,000 Donation to Kent General Hospital