Respect for Service: In honor of the former Columbus Community Hospital Auxiliary
A new addition to Columbus Community Hospital (CCH) will greet patients for years to come. The “Respect for Service” statue was unveiled on July 10, 2018 outside of the hospital’s main entrance.
The statue was commissioned and donated by the former Columbus Community Hospital Auxiliary. It was dedicated in honor of those who continue their work today as volunteers.
History of the Columbus Community Hospital Auxiliary
The Auxiliary, which is no longer active, supported the financial and service endeavors of CCH for more than 40 years, beginning in 1972.
“Virtually every hospital department has benefited from funds raised by the Auxiliary,” said Annette Alt, former president of the Auxiliary Board. “The group has played a big part in keeping the hospital equipped with cutting edge technology.”
The organization made its first donation of $3,000 to the hospital in 1973 for the purchase of respiratory equipment. Over the years, the group donated more than $1.8 million to the hospital for program advancement and the purchase of medical equipment.
“These funds directly support the hospital’s mission to improve the health of the communities we serve by providing us with the resources and funds we need to deliver the state’s highest quality patient care,” said Mike Hansen, CCH president and CEO. “The Auxiliary was, and still is, an important part of our success story.”
“Despite their impressive accomplishments, Auxiliary members largely worked behind the scenes,” Alt added. “For that reason, few people know that during their more than 40 years in operation, the Auxiliary provided seed money for a wide variety of hospital programs and services.”
In 2016, the Auxiliary merged with the Hospital’s volunteer program. That’s when the Auxiliary Board decided to commission the “Respect for Service” statue by Fred Hoppe to honor the history of the Auxiliary and the contributions it made to the hospital.
Goal of the Project
The statue was created to represent hard, yet rewarding work and a respect for service. It features a woman with her hands outstretched to welcome all who are visiting the hospital.
Her face has been sculpted to display a compassionate and welcoming demeanor, as she waits to embrace everyone who receives the hospital’s services.
“As you can see, the legacy of the Auxiliary which started all those years ago, lives on at Columbus Community Hospital,” Alt said, “And it will continue to be felt for many years to come.”