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


  • 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 Hospital, 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 Commemorates Health Care Auxilian Day
May 4, 2016, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed May 4, 2016 as "Health Care Auxilian Day" in New York State. St. James Mercy Hospital is joining hospitals across the state in recognizing the dedicated auxilian volunteers who annually donate countless hours of service to their health care facilities and communities.

Founded in 1904, St. James Mercy’s Auxiliary volunteers thousands of hours each year toward fundraising and community service projects. Through their past fundraising efforts, Auxiliary members have purchased much-needed equipment for the physical therapy and emergency departments, nursing home, and hospital; provided grants to adult day care and the School of Radiologic Science; and supported renovations to the Hospital lobby and McAuley Manor. The Auxiliary manages the gift shop at the Hospital, as well as coordinates events to benefit the hospital including book fairs, Trees of Life program, uniform sales, food fairs and bazaars. To date, the Auxiliary has contributed approximately $750,000 to support St. James Mercy Hospital.

According to Jennifer Sullivan, President and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital, "The Auxiliary makes it possible for us to fulfill our mission – to provide a full range of services that support healthy communities, including quality medical care and holistic approaches to healing body, spirit and mind. These volunteers often work behind the scenes to provide comfort and support to patients, families and staff. We are so fortunate to have this dedicated and talented group, committed to serving the many needs of people who come to us for care."

St. James Mercy Hospital Auxiliary Funds Equipment for Physical Therapy and Emergency Department
February 9, 2015, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) Auxiliary has allocated $6,100 to St. James Mercy Foundation to fund new equipment in the Emergency Department and Physical Therapy. The purchases include wall-mounted computer stations and a large paraffin bath system.

SJMH chief nursing officer, Kathy Brodbeck, said the new equipment will enhance the delivery of outpatient care. "The enhanced computer capabilities in the ED will allow immediate and more accurate transmission of orders to the pharmacy, lab and radiology. The paraffin bath system for PT will expand our ability to treat patients with sports injuries, arthritis, rheumatism and other joint conditions."

Lynne Freeland, Auxiliary co-chair, commended the diligent work of the Auxiliary members. "Our dedicated Auxiliary volunteers support St. James Mercy through fundraising activities, special events, and the Aquinas Gift Shops. All dollars raised go directly to strengthen healthcare services in our community."

SJMH Foundation executive director, Sylvia Bryant, acknowledged the Auxiliary for their 110+ years of service to greater Hornell community. "Since 1904, Auxiliary members have provided many thousands of hours to benefit St. James Mercy Hospital. As our largest single donor, the Auxiliary has contributed nearly $750,000 for equipment, new services and scholarships. This recent gift will allow us to improve the delivery of care at SJMH as the organization transitions to a sustainable, financially viable future."

For more information about the Hospital Auxiliary call (607) 324-8240.

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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