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Luncheon celebrates auxiliary

Tahoe Daily Tribune

Before the doors were open, before the first employees were employed, there was Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. This group of dedicated volunteers were prepared and ready to help bring a hospital to South Lake Tahoe.

On April 14 a special luncheon will celebrate the numerous past achievements of the auxiliary and recognize the volunteers who currently are making tomorrow’s history. The community is invited to join the members in their celebration and to consider becoming a member.

Many community and business leaders, including the auxiliary, raised the necessary money to match the Hill Burton funds that paid for the construction of the hospital on land donated by the Ledbetter family. In November 1963 the doors of Barton Memorial Hospital opened. Today, Barton Memorial Hospital remains a community owned nonprofit facility.

The auxiliary was formed in 1960 and the following year Eleanor Killebrew was elected the first president. Two other early presidents, Pat Amundson and Harriet Kerr, will be present at the luncheon to share history and tales of Tahoe both before the hospital opened and during the early years. They will verify the story that the auxiliary sometimes made the payroll in addition to buying equipment and providing services.

People who have questions about early Tahoe and medical care before the hospital won’t want to miss this luncheon. Historical files and scrapbooks will be available for viewing.

The luncheon to celebrate Barton Hospital Auxiliary’s 40th anniversary is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 14 at Harveys Top of the Wheel. Take the elevator to the 12th-floor. The cost is $16 per person and reservations must be made no later than noon April 11 by calling Emmie Sue Parman at (775) 588-3166 or Lorraine Anderson at (530) 544-2135. Members with more than 100 hours of service for 2002 will be guests of the auxiliary.