Auxiliary / Thrift

Syracuse Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is a lifeline to the hospital.  In April of 1952, the Auxiliary was organized to assist the hospital in any way that it could.  The mission remains the same today.  Past and current projects include scholarship donations, Good Samaritan bingo, hosting open houses for staff, decorating the lobby at Christmas, furnishing magazines for the waiting rooms, managing the hospital gift shop and thrift shops.  With the opening of the Thrift Shop in December of 2007 the Auxiliary has been able to fund many improvements to the hospital.

Watch Video for Pure Nebraska Channel 10/11 Story on CMH Auxiliary Thrift Shop


Meeting dates are the 2nd Tuesday of the month quarterly in January, April, July and October.  The meetings are held at the hospital at 1:30 p.m.  Community Memorial Hospital serves many communities in southeast Nebraska.  Everyone in the hospital district is encouraged to join and help support the hospital.  Annual dues are $5.00.


Election of Auxiliary President and Treasurer is held in April of odd numbered years and the election of Vice President and Secretary is held in April of even numbered years.

2018 Officers

President – Pat Apel
VP – Dianne Steil
Secretary – Marilyn Allen
Treasurer – Mary Meyer

CMH Liaison – Terri Janssen

CMH Auxiliary Director – Laura Lea Fossenbarger, 402-269-7658

In the past, many different fund raisers have been done by the Auxiliary to purchase much needed equipment for the Hospital and other Hospital campuses.  With the birth of the Thrift Store at 881 Mohawk St., in December of 2007, many more donations have been possible.  In the first year and a half, over $70,000 was raised and, 9 years after opening, the Auxiliary is close to reaching $675,000 in sales.  The auxiliary members take pride in having one of the best Thrift Stores in the area.  Being located in the former Medical Center building allows them to spread out and display the merchandise attractively. The Auxiliary also feels that they are providing a much needed service to the community by providing a local site to purchase necessities and unique items.

Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop
881 Mohawk St.
Syracuse, NE 68446

Open Store Hours
Monday 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Drop Off Hours
Monday 9 a.m. – 12 noon
Friday 9 a.m. – 12 noon
Saturday 9 a.m. – 12 noon

Contributions to CMH

Over the years, many contributions have been made.  Here is a small list of the many donations over the 7 years.

  • Pledge for naming of the main lobby in the new hospital facility
  • CT Scan Lobby TV & waiting room furniture
  • Scholarship money
  • Two baby changing stations
  • Two WOW’s – Workstations on Wheels
  • Over the bed tables
  • Waiting room furniture for Weeping Water Clinic
  • Vacuum Cleaner for Fitness Center
  • InSpectra StO2 Tissue Oxygenation Monitor
  • Zoll Auto Pulse
  • AED
  • EKG
  • Diagnostic Imaging Furnishings
  • Cardiac Rehab Furnishings
  • Fitness Center Mirrors
  • Dietary tables and chairs
  • Relay for Life
  • Home Health Furnishings
  • Physical Therapy PowerTrackII
  • 2010 Patient Room Remodel
  • Lobby/Office Furniture
  • Specialty Clinic Exam Tables
  • Weight Room Carpet
  • Wellness TV/DVD
  • Child Safety/Car Seats
  • Fitness Center Equipment/Walking Track
  • Security Camera System
  • Syracuse Medical Center and Weeping Water Medical Center Equipment
  • Lab TV
  • Weeping Water Medical Center Automatic Doors