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South Nassau’s Auxiliary Appoints New President
South Nassau Communities Hospital recently announced that Ethel Simmons has been elected president of its Central Council of Auxilians. Ms. Simmons previously served as the first vice president of the Central Council of Auxilians. She succeeds Baldwin resident Candy Misner, who was president of the auxilians for 10 years.
“Ms. Simmons is recognized for her esprit de corps and dedication to the hospital’s mission,” said Joseph A. Quagliata, president and chief executive officer. “We are certain that under her leadership the auxiliary will continue its tradition of helping South Nassau fulfill its commitment to provide the communities with standard setting healthcare services.”
As president, Ms. Simmons will serve on the hospital’s board of directors and coordinate the fund raising initiatives of the Central Council of Auxilians five community-based auxiliary chapters (Baldwin, Bellmore/North Bellmore, Lynbrook/ East Rockaway, Oceanside and Rockville Centre), which include residents of Freeport, Merrick, Island Park, Lido, Hewlett and Malverne. Collectively, they raise nearly $200,000 annually.
In addition to leading the auxiliary, Ms. Simmons is an active member of South Nassau’s Volunteer Services department. Since becoming a volunteer in 2003, she has logged more than 1,000 volunteer hours. In 2006, Ms. Simmons was appointed to the Healthcare Association of New York State’s (HANYS) Statewide Committee on Auxiliaries. The Committee is charged with providing input into the Healthcare Association of New York State’s (HANYS) activities related to healthcare auxiliaries. This includes serving as the voice of the statewide auxiliary community; shaping HANYS’s agenda for auxiliaries and assisting with HANYS’s educational initiatives for auxiliaries.
However, that’s hardly the extent of her volunteer activities. At St. Christopher’s Roman Catholic Church in Baldwin, Ms. Simmons serves as a parish lector; spiritual chair of the parish’s Rosary Altar Society; secretary of its Respect Life Committee; and chairwoman of its annual Catholic Ministries Appeal. She is also a member of the parish’s Ministry of Consolation (which provides outreach and prayerful support to grieving parish families who have experienced the death of a loved one) and Liturgy and St. Christopher’s Feast Committees.
Ms. Simmons’s volunteerism extends beyond borders of the United States. Recently, she traveled to the Caribbean island of Jamaica to help the Missionaries of the Poor, an international monastic order of Roman Catholic Brothers devoted to serving the impoverished. In the capital of Kingston, she helped bathe, dress, and feed nearly 500 physically-handicapped and
mentally-challenged women and children, some of whom are afflicted with HIV/AIDS.
South Nassau’s Central Council of Auxilians has been awarded the HANYS Annual Advocacy Award five times in the past eight years, most recently in 2007. For more information about the auxiliary or to inquire about joining your local chapter, please call South Nassau's Development Office at (516) 377-5360.