Connie Jones was introduced by her proud husband, Dr. Jones. He may have been rusty on dates but he knew her story! Connie was born in Toledo, Ohio, and raised in Adrian, Michigan before landing in Santa Monica for High School. She graduated from Orange CA high school. Connie attended LA County Hospital nurses training. She was swept off her feet by a dashing intern, Dr. Dave Jones. They married and lived in San Francisco briefly, before settling in Santa Rosa for Dave’s residency. They moved to So Cal in 1968. The Jones’ have 2 children, 1 granddaughter, who will be celebrating her 21st birthday soon. Connie and Dr. Jones are looking forward to their upcoming 50th wedding anniversary!! Connie was a school nurse at St. Francis School. She retired about 5 years ago and began to volunteer with the Tri City Hospital Auxiliary. Connie was the President of the Auxiliary last year.She especially enjoys her volunteer positions with most contact with the public: Front Door greeter & Information Desk. The Tri-City Hospital Auxiliary was formed in 1961, even before the hospital was dedicated. It is unique in that it is independently run from the hospital with no paid employees or director. They have their own By-laws and Board of Directors. It is a very financially stable organization that provides both volunteer and economic support to our community hospital.
The Auxiliary started with the “pink ladies” and has grown into a self-sufficient group of 688 members who gave 78,000 volunteer hours of service in both 2013 & 2014. The Auxiliary provides 450 volunteers a month to help free up nursing staff for their jobs, assist hospital goers with their challenging days and to bring a little happiness to all. Volunteers pay a small $10 membership fee, must commit to 100 hours per year (2 4hr shifts a month for adults), attend an orientation, have a TB test and annual flu vaccine, background test and learn the hospital codes, rules & HIPPA regulations. Volunteers purchase their own uniforms. Volunteers can work in several areas: clerical, behavioral health, courtesy shuttle, valet parking, customer registration, emergency dept., employee health, escort service (Knox wants to learn more about this), Gift shop, Greeter at the front door, Imaging Radiology, Information desk, Human Resources, ICU, lab, Maternal, neonatal, pet therapy, registration, rehabilitation, pre-op(Jackie Russell volunteers in Pre-op), Telecare for shut-ins, Telemetry cardio monitoring, Wellness center and the Women’s Diagnostic Center. The Auxiliary delivers a UT newspaper to hospital patients daily. They are there to orient patients and visitors and to be an advocate with patients having pain or needing help. The smiling faces of the volunteers can help to alleviate stress for patients. They share in patients’ grief and joy. They support the hospital staff to help them be able to give their best to the patients.
The Tri-City Auxiliary has raised $100,000 in the gift shop. They gave back $80,000 to the hospital last year, give $65,000 in scholarships. Some scholarships are for nurses to get specialized certification in areas such as Diabetic education or Critical Care nursing. They also give $1000 scholarships to Junior Volunteers for college. Nursing scholarships are granted for students enrolled at Mira Costa and Palomar. Fundraising is done in the community, through the annual Cookie Extravaganza, Tails on the Trail pet therapy event. The Tri-City Hospital Auxiliary is the upcoming recipient of the HAVE Award from the America Hospital Foundation for their work in reaching out to the community. Thank you Connie & Jackie and all of the volunteers for all you do!