1954 - 2014 ....
spanning the decades
Community Medical Center Auxiliary Association
. . . proudly celebrating its 60th Anniversary
Our Proud History
The Community Medical Center Auxiliary Association was founded in 1954
when 200 women attended a Tea at the Toms River Town Hall to discuss the
need for a hospital in central Ocean County. So enthusiastic were these
women, that in just four short months nineteen local groups, called Auxiliary
Twigs, were formed and functioning.
Their dedicated purpose was to raise funds to provide modern hospital facilities
to meet the health care needs of the rapidly growing and changing area.
By 1961, the Auxiliary's efforts were realized when Community Memorial
Hospital opened its doors to the very first patient.
Join Our Auxiliary
We’d love to have you. Quality health care is everyone's business,
and assistance and support is needed from every healthcare consumer. You
can make a difference!
Auxiliary membership is open to every interested adult, man or woman,
living in the hospital's service area.
You may join the Auxiliary by becoming a member of an existing Twig, or
you and a group of six or more friends may form your own. You can also
volunteer at either the hospital Gift Shop or the Second Time Around Consignment
Shop and enjoy the rewards of being an Auxilian. If you are interested
in Auxiliary membership, but cannot actively participate in a Twig at
this time, you may join as an Associate Member. Associate dues are $5.00,
and entitle you to full participation in all Auxiliary activities and mailings.
Currently Twigs are active in Holiday City Berkeley in Toms River as well
as in several Toms River and Island Heights areas.
To Join . . . Simply email us at
print the application form available as a PDF file and mail it to:
CMC Auxiliary Association
c/o The Community Medical Center Foundation
99 Highway 37 West, P.O. Box 2002
Toms River, NJ 08754
Founding Members’ Auxiliary Statement of Purpose
We sincerely believe it is more than a mere building we are erecting.
It is a hospital for the care of those who cannot take care of themselves;
It is a community project, wherein everyone has an opportunity to help
in making ours a better neighborhood in which to live and enjoy living;
And finally, it is an eternal monument to the joy of accomplishment that
comes through neighborliness and cooperation.
Today, the essence of this statement still rings true for our Auxilians.
More than bricks and mortar, our Medical Center is a provider of life
and care to those who turn to Community Medical Center for help.
The Auxiliary actively supports Community Medical Center's commitment
to build lifetime relationships and improve the health status of their
To achieve this, its members will serve as ambassadors to promote community
service, education, quality care, and wellness. Through teamwork, the
Auxiliary will raise funds to support the mission of Community Medical Center.
Through the years, Auxiliary contributions to the hospital have reached
over $10 Million. Items such as Infant Hearing Screening equipment, a
Mammography Over-reading machine, a DEXA bone density machine, and numerous
MICU vehicles have been purchased with Auxiliary funds. Renovations of
the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center and the Emergency Department,
as well as other hospital areas have also benefited from Auxiliary support.
In 2003, an initiative entitled the “Wish List Program” has
enabled various patient care areas to add much needed equipment –
items that might have not been purchased without the Auxiliary’s
efforts, given these budget restricted times.
Our Auxilians are also the Medical Center's ambassadors in the Community.
They are literally our eyes and ears, bringing attention to topics and
concerns which need to be addressed by health care providers. Today's
Auxiliary membership of approximately 250 remains committed to promoting
Community Medical Center's mission through advocacy, education, fundraising,
Each Auxiliary Twig is self-governing, holds its own meetings, and selects
activities that interest them most. Some examples of activities are an
annual Crafts Boutiques, Home/Kitchen Tour, Strawberry Festival, Luncheon
and Fashion Show, Food Tasting, Riverboat Cruise, and vendor and holiday
Other Auxiliary-wide projects include the operation of the hospital's
Gift Shop and Community's own Second Time Around Consignment and Thrift
Shop -- located just off Route 37 West at 200 Corporate Circle in Toms
River’s Corporate Park North. The Auxiliary also sponsors the hospital’s
Coffee Shop and a Baby Photo service for new parents.
Each May, our Auxiliary’s efforts are recognized at the Annual Auxiliary
Tea -- open to every member, and sponsored by the Community Medical Center
Foundation – a tradition which honors its proud beginnings.