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This week, the Hospital Auxiliary of Los Alamos Medical Center celebrated its annual awards recognition and installation of new officers. While we all know that volunteers are the backbone of America, coming out in great numbers to help with such disasters as the Cerro Grande Fire or Hurricane Katrina, few probably understand the day-to-day, year-to-year dedication of an organization like LAMC’s – the finest auxiliary anywhere.
Organized in 1950 when the hospital was still near Ashley Pond, this group brings the voice of history, while making an amazing impact in the present. One auxilian had two children in the same delivery room at the old hospital. However, their birth certificates read differently – the first was born in Sandoval County, the other in the then brand new “Los Alamos County.” She read the memorial tribute at Tuesday’s luncheon.
When the hospital was sold in 1964 by the Atomic Energy Commission to Lutheran Hospitals and Homes Society (LHHS), that same auxilian, along with others who are still active, presided at the tea table during the reception for the head of LHHS – after he paid $1 for the hospital and two adjacent apartment buildings. What a historic moment.
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