Since 1969 Delta Hospital Auxiliary has been a leader in supporting healthcare for Delta residents. Lila Massey, the first President of Delta Hospital Auxiliary, saw the need for Delta to have a hospital and with the support of many Delta residents turned the dream into reality. Since then Delta Hospital Auxiliary has funded many progressive changes and enabled Delta Hospital to purchase leading edge medical equipment and move forward in the healthcare area.
In 1977 the doors were opened at Mountain View Manor, a residential care home. 1980 saw the opening of the acute area of Delta Hospital which in turn improved the healthcare for Delta residents. In 1990 the Auxiliary provided funds for Laparoscopic surgery at Delta Hospital and in 1995 the Auxiliary provided funding for 10 gynecological balloon ablation surgical trial procedures. This gained us the recognition of being the first community hospital in North America to offer the new surgical procedure.
Delta Hospital Auxiliary has raised over 22 million dollars for state of the art hospital equipment, programs and projects at Delta Hospital. The Auxiliary supports Mountain View Manor with a yearly contribution of $95,000 for Recreation programs and Music Therapy. In addition the Auxiliary has committed to raise $2.4 million for the new Diagnostic Expansion at Delta Hospital, slated to be completed in early 2018.
As an established member of Delta business community the Auxiliary Society owns and operates four commercial enterprises: Delta Lifeline, The Dogwood Gift Shop and the Courtyard Cafe located in Delta Hospital, as well as the Auxiliary Thrift Store in the heart of Ladner Village, comprising 3 contiguous stores. The proceeds from the Auxiliary’s enterprises are directed to providing equipment, services and programs for the hospital and community.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY…
“The Delta Hospital Auxiliary Society is vitally important to our community. Founded nearly fifty years ago, the Auxiliary has led the charge on enormously successful fundraising campaigns, contributing millions of dollars to Delta Hospital. The thrift store and the cafe do double duty in providing a service to residents while helping to fund the auxiliary’s activities. We owe a debt of gratitude to the Auxiliary for our extended and acute care units, as well as all the equipment and programs which they help make a reality.
If Delta Hospital is part of the fabric that holds the community together, then the Auxiliary is the thread that keeps Delta Hospital together. The Auxiliary’s presence in the community is unmatched, and I am grateful for their work.”
-Vicki Huntington, previous MLA, South Delta