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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


St. James Mercy Hospital Auxiliary Contributes Annual Gift of $22,000
July 11, 2014, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Forty-six members of the St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) Auxiliary and special guests gathered on June 10 at The Main Place for the annual Auxiliary appreciation luncheon. The event commemorates the work of Auxiliary volunteers on behalf of St. James Mercy Hospital. In addition, the Auxiliary presented its annual gift to St. James Mercy Foundation in the amount of $22,000.

Auxiliary chair, Lynne Freeland, acknowledged the tireless work of the Auxiliary members. "Year after year, our dedicated Auxiliary volunteers coordinate a variety of fundraising activities and events, including the Christmas Bazaar, Trees of Life, Food Fair and raffles, as well as operate the Aquinas Gift Shops," she said. "The dollars raised go directly to strengthen healthcare services in our community. This year’s gift will support SJMH’s ‘new vision’ initiative to transform the organization to an outpatient model of care."

President and CEO Jennifer Sullivan acknowledged the Auxiliary for supporting the greater Hornell community for 110 years. "Since 1904, hundreds of Auxiliary members have provided many thousands of hours of service to St. James Mercy Hospital. As the largest single donor to the Foundation, the Auxiliary has contributed over $700,000 to purchase equipment, fund new services, and provide scholarships. The Auxiliary and its devoted members allow us to fulfill our mission of serving the poor and disadvantaged who come to us for care."

The appreciation luncheon also included recognition of new members Josie Brown, Diane Dale and Wanda Johnson, and co-chairs Lynne Freeland and Natalina Racalto. SJMH staff member Lisa Gardner was also acknowledged for her administrative support to the Auxiliary.

For more information about the Hospital Auxiliary or St. James Mercy Foundation, call (607) 324-8240.

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