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CMH Auxiliary

In November 1953, plans began for an auxiliary to serve Community Memorial Hospital, which was under construction. Representatives of the South Hill Garden Club's Hospital Committee and other civic groups initiated the planning for an Auxiliary. Because the hospital was to serve the people of Brunswick, Lunenburg and Mecklenburg counties, invitations to join were extended to women of this tri-county area.

The Auxiliary started with 99 charter members who served as tour guides for the hospital's dedication day on May 30, 1954. Nineteen years later, members again served as tour guides at the dedication for the new addition, which included the Cardiac Intensive Care Center.

Volunteer activities include patient-related services and various clerical duties. Members established the Tree of Love to provide scholarships for CMH employees who want to continue their education. Two $500 scholarships are awarded per year (subject to availability of funds).  To learn more about the Elizabeth T. Moseley Scholarship Fund and to download a printable application, click here.  
In 1988, with renovations nearing completion, the hospital's Board of Trustees voted to change the name to Community Memorial Hospital, and the Auxiliary Board christened its new Gift Shop, "The Fish Bowl."  CMH Auxiliary contributions are used for the continuous development of the hospital and to date those donations have exceeded one million dollars. Contributions have been used to purchase equipment for such areas as the operating and Emergency Rooms and for the departments of physical therapy, laboratory, X-ray and CICU. CMH Auxiliary also contributes to future expansion plans of the hospital as well as special projects for the hospital throughout the year. In addition to the many monetary donations given to the hospital, CMH Volunteers donate many hours.

The CMH Auxiliary has been a member in good standing of the Virginia Association of Healthcare Auxiliaries and Volunteers (VAHAV) since 1954. The VAHAV is an autonomous organization founded in 1949 to help its member auxiliaries better serve and support their institutions. The VAHAV offers leadership skills, in-service and fund raising ideas, current health care information, legislative involvement, problem solving, liaison with other State Auxiliary Leaders and a variety of educational opportunities.


The purpose of this organization shall be to advance the welfare of The VCU Community Memorial Hospital through ways approved by the governing body of the hospital. This purpose shall be accomplished by interpretation of the hospital to the public, through service to the hospital and its patients, and through fund raising in a manner satisfactory to the hospital governing board and in harmony with the planning of the community.

Areas of Service

  • Admissions/Registration
  • Cancer and Specialty Care Center
  • Emergency Department
  • Gift Shop
  • Hundley Center
  • Information Desk
  • Mammography
  • Marketing
  • Radiology (Imaging)
  • Rehab (Hospital)
  • Rehab (Rehab Center)
  • Surgical Waiting

Membership in The Community

CMH Auxiliary shall be open to all individuals of at least eighteen years of age who are interested in VCU Community Memorial Hospital, and who meet the approval of the Executive Board.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the CMH Auxiliary should contact:

CMH Auxiliary Membership Chairman
VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital
P. O. Box 90
South Hill, Virginia 23970

Applications for membership can be picked up in the hospital Gift Shop that is located in the front lobby area, or download a printable version in pdf by clicking here. You must have Acrobat Reader to view and print this application.  You can also download a printable version in Word by clicking here