From Barbara Drake
Women’s Association of Methodist Hospital President
The Women’s Association of Methodist Hospital came before the Methodist Hospital Foundation by more than 100 years, but we have always shared one vision. Both of our efforts have changed and grown through the years, but we have both stayed the same in one very important way: helping people that live near or come to Methodist Hospital, Jefferson Health have better health mentally, physically and spiritually.
From those first days of making bedsheets in 1887 as The Good Samaritan Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church to get the Hospital ready for its first patients (five years later!), the Women’s Association has always worked to make the days brighter for countless patients by giving them prayer shawls, lap robes and tray favors. It has, then and now, cooperated in all ways with the hospital administration to bring the most efficient patient care with the highest possible Christian standard to all people.
A History of Caring
The Women’s Association focuses on wellness inside and outside of Methodist Hospital
The Women Association of Methodist Hospital’s fundraisers have helped patients and families through donations to the chapel, the ICU quiet room and the gift shop’s renovations. These are just a few of the ways the Women’s Association has helped people find their way to complete wellness in their bodies, minds and souls, a goal the Foundation shares with it in every way.
The Women’s Association supports the Foundation in its efforts to build strong community wellness by giving to its Fashion Fundraisers through table sponsorship and raffle baskets. In 2016, the Women’s Association gave the Foundation $10,000 in support of the Community Paramedicine program, which helps patients coming home from the Hospital.
The Women’s Association began as The Good Samaritan Society with a focus on providing care to all in the highest Christian standard. Today, its members come from Methodist churches in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey, as well as many other denominations, and these members are the ones that are building on the Association’s history of caring. The organization stays true to its original name and mission by doing good for the good of all. The Foundation shares its goal because it too believes when community wellness is strengthened, it benefits not just one person, but everyone around them in every way possible.
For more information or to become a member of the Women’s Association please contact Rosemarie Caporale at 215.952.9230 or email.