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Women’s Auxiliary of the North Carolina Baptist Hospital

Women's Auxiliary of the North Carolina Baptist Hospital

Auxiliary means giving assistance or support and that is exactly what the Women’s Auxiliary of the North Carolina Baptist Hospital did. The entire operation was based on a spirit of cooperation and coexistence. When the hospital opened in 1923, there was no money available for any linens. Mrs. J. J. Roddick, a member of the board of trustees, raised funds for most of the hospital’s needs. In 1925 she with the help of Edna Heinzerling, director of nurses, mobilized the women in the community and later the entire state, to make linens, curtains and bed gowns for the hospital. This work was first done at the Zinzendorf Hotel. Mrs. Annie Pearl Shore Davis, wife of the chairman of the Hospital board, served as first president of the women’s auxiliary. This photo shows a meeting of the auxiliary in the 1940s.

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