The Yadkin Valley Community Hospital has been closed for more than a year now, but that hasn’t stopped the Hospital Auxiliary from carrying on with its mission.
The auxiliary group was started by the wives of the doctors at the hospital when it first opened in Yadkinville in 1952. In addition to greeting and assisting patients and visitors as the arrive and depart from the hospital, the group also offered a small gift shop on the premises and has supported the community by way of scholarships and donations to other groups as well.
Each year the Hospital Auxiliary presents the Lisa Sizemore Scholarship to a Forbush High School student planning to pursue nursing. This scholarship is in memory of a former nurse at the hospital who was killed in a motor vehicle accident some years ago. The hospital also gives additional scholarships to students at both Forbush and Starmount. This year, the auxiliary decided to award monies to all eight applicants, three from Forbush and five from Starmount High School.
Starmount’s valedictorian Lauren Stone of Hamptonville was among the recipients.
“I want to thank you for the great opportunity of winning this scholarship, it’s amazing,” Stone told members of the auxiliary at their meeting last Tuesday. Stone is the daughter of Bobby and Tammy Stone. She will be attending Campbell University in the fall to pursue a BSN in nursing.
“Hopefully she’s going to come back here, hopefully our hospital will be open in four years, and she will come to our hospital and our goal is to make her director of our nursing staff,” said auxiliary volunteer Pete Knight.
One of the main goals of the scholarship is to encourage area students to return to Yadkin County following college, Knight said.
“We want good people to stay in our community,” Knight said.
Stone, who also received a Presidential Scholarship, the highest merit-based scholarship at Campbell University, said she was grateful for all of the financial assistance she had received to help her pursue a career in nursing. She said from a young age she always wanted to be a nurse.
“I remember talking to my grandma, she’s probably the main reason I want to be a nurse. She said she always wanted to be a nurse, but she never went after her dream so she wanted me to be a nurse so I could take care of her when she got older,” Stone said.
Area students are not the only ones to benefit from the Hospital Auxiliary. The group also donated funds to the Yadkinville Police Department to help it purchase a new body camera for its officers to wear while on duty.
“We’re using them now because we feel that’s the thing to do. It helps us, it helps the community, it helps the public. They’ve been beneficial several times already. We’re very appreciative that they were willing to do something like that,” said Police Chief Tim Parks. “People like this in small communities and when they come together and helps us, that’s why we do what we do.”
The Hospital Auxiliary now waits patiently to hear word about the reopening of the hospital.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.