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St. James Mercy Hospital

The St. James Mercy Hospital Auxiliary provides financial support for St. James Mercy Health System, promotes health care education and advocacy in the community, encourages volunteerism in support of St. James Mercy Health System, and promotes and advances the image of St. James Mercy Health System and the health services it provides.

The St. James Mercy Hospital Auxiliary was established in 1904 with the purpose of addressing hospital needs. Over the years, the Auxiliary has supported the hospital through major contributions to projects including the Child Day Care Center, the Sister Rene Dental Clinic, the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit, various construction and renovations projects, and numerous equipment purchases.

Aquinas Gift Shops
The Aquinas Gift Shops, established in 1952, are operated by the Auxiliary. There are two locations: in the St. James Mercy Hospital lobby, and at McAuley Manor. Proceeds from the gift shops help the Auxiliary in funding its many projects.

School of Radiological Science
Each year, the Auxiliary funds scholarship and equipment purchases for the School of Radiological Science in support of the program.


  • Gift Shops operation
  • Holiday Bazaar
  • Food Fair
  • Trees of Life holiday project
  • Legislative advocacy, healthcare and budgetary issues
  • Volunteering in the hospital
  • Conferences with area auxiliaries

Membership is open to anyone wishing to be of service to St. James Mercy Health System, regardless of race, religion or gender. Regular attendance at meetings is encouraged but not mandatory. Many members choose to volunteer at the hospital or McAuley Manor.

If you are interested in joining the Auxiliary or would like more information, please contact Sylvia Bryant, executive director of St. James Mercy Foundation , at (607) 324-8240 or .

Auxiliary meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month from September through June. Some meetings are luncheons while others are business meetings with speakers. Special meetings include the annual Auxiliary Appreciation luncheon, in June.

The Executive Council and Gift Shop Committee meet monthly for planning activities and evaluating operations.

Contact Us:

St. James Mercy Hospital Auxiliary
Aquinas Gift Shop
411 Canisteo Street
Hornell, NY 14843
( 607) 324-8240 or (607) 324-8749


Hospital Auxiliary Contributes $27,300 to St. James Mercy Foundation
July 10, 2013, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Thirty-three members of the St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) Auxiliary gathered on June 11 at the The Main Place/Knights of Columbus for the annual Auxiliary Appreciation luncheon to commemorate their work on behalf of St. James Mercy Hospital. The Auxiliary also presented its annual gift to St. James Mercy Foundation in the amount of $27,300.

The majority of this year’s gift is earmarked toward renovating the second floor at McAuley Manor (SNF2) to create a more home-like environment and wait staff-style dining for residents. "This is a continuation of our extensive ‘culture change’ project at McAuley Manor to improve comfort for residents and interaction between residents and staff," said Sylvia Bryant, Vice President of Mission Integration and Community Outreach. "The Auxiliary gift is providing the means to transform the physical environment at Mercy Care to lead to better, more meaningful care for residents." The Auxiliary’s annual gift will also provide support to SJMH’s School of Radiologic Science.

Hospital Auxiliary Contributes $27,300 to St. James Mercy Foundation
Lynne Freeland (left), co-chair of St. James Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, presents a check for $27,300 to Mary LaRowe, president and CEO of St. James Mercy Health System. This year’s Auxiliary gift to St. James Mercy Foundation will support renovation of SNF2 at McAuley Manor and the School of Radiologic Science.

Auxiliary co-chair, Lynne Freeland, acknowledged the tireless work of the volunteers. "Our extraordinary Auxiliary members work very hard to support SJMH through fundraising activities and events, such as the Christmas Bazaar and Food Fair, and by operating the Aquinas Gift Shops," she said. "Their commitment supports many valuable services and programs at the hospital and nursing home, and it’s an honor to work with them."

President and CEO Mary LaRowe acknowledged the Auxiliary for its long-time support of the greater Hornell community. "The Auxiliary has been integral to St. James Mercy for well over 100 years. As the single largest donor to the Foundation, the Auxiliary has contributed nearly $700,000 since its founding in 1904. These dedicated volunteers make it possible for SJMH to continue its mission of serving the poor and disadvantaged who need vital, local healthcare services." New Auxiliary members Carol Gomez and Connie Mullen were welcomed at the luncheon.

SJMH Auxiliary...the Gift that Keeps on Giving
January 7, 2012, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

For more than 100 years, St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) has been proud to partner with the Hospital Auxiliary, founded in 1904 to provide volunteer and financial support to SJMH. Throughout the year, Auxiliary members, all of whom volunteer their time and talents, organize and coordinate numerous fundraising activities at both the hospital and McAuley Manor to help support SJMH’s strategic priorities to improve quality of, and access to care.

The Auxiliary’s most recent activities include a two-day Holiday Bazaar in November, chaired by Margaret Johnson and raising over $3,300. The bazaar, an annual event, featured homebaked goods, handmade crafts, "new to you" sale, and variety of raffles. Throughout December, the "Trees of Life" on display in the Hospital and McAuley Manor lobbies provided a beautiful opportunity for employees and community members to honor loved ones with gold ornaments for a $10 donation. "This year’s ‘Trees of Life’ raised $1380 to support St. James Mercy Hospital," said Lynne Freeland, Auxiliary co-chair and event organizer. "It’s become a holiday tradition for SJMH staff and community residents who take time to honor loved ones while helping to beautifully decorate the lobbies."

Another popular December event—the Book Fair—offered a wide variety of books and fun accessories for children and adults. Coordinated by Terry Pullman, this year’s one-day sales totaled over $2,800, with SJMH Auxiliary receiving a portion of the proceeds from the vendor, "Books R Fun." The Auxiliary plans to offer a spring Book Fair, date to be announced.

Proceeds of Auxiliary activities help fund various Hospital projects including the purchase of equipment, construction and renovation projects, scholarships, and other program needs that serve patients, residents and clients. "In recent years, the Auxiliary has funded refurbishments for Mercy Care Break, the adult day program at McAuley Manor, renovations to the SJMH lobby, and scholarships and instructional materials for the School of Radiologic Sciences," said Sylvia Bryant, Executive Director, SJM Foundation. "In 2012, the Auxiliary’s contribution of $27,250 made it the largest single donor to the SJM Foundation. We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated and resourceful group like the Hospital Auxiliary working on behalf of SJMH."

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