Contributing with Passion
In Morristown of 1889, there was not a hospital and a woman’s place was in the home, yet it was a woman, Myra Brookfield’s generous bequest of her home to found a Morristown hospital. However, the bequest required that the community raise $15,000 over three years to furnish and equip the new hospital. Just six weeks before Miss Brookfield’s bequest was due to expire, the necessary funds were raised in large part due to the efforts of another woman, Augusta Stone. The certificate of incorporation for Morristown Memorial Hospital was executed in November 1892 and a community was forged. To ensure that the community support would continue, the Women’s Association was formally established four months later in March 1893. Thus, the partnership between the hospital and the Women’s Association was formed.
From its inception 130 years ago, the Women's Association has helped financially support the hospital by funding buildings, purchasing the first ambulance, underwriting the training of nurses and funding "charity care." Today, WAMMC members continue this tradition of financial support by running several lucrative businesses; The Bargain Box Designer Thrift Boutique and the three hospital gift shops. In addition, fundraising events have grown in creativity and scope, exemplified by the Association's signature event, Mansion in May Designer Showhouse and Gardens.
Another accomplishment of the first 130 years of the Women's Association history has been our vast volunteer service. The Women's Association and its tasks have evolved; gone are the days of members folding diapers, stitching hospital linens or sponsoring afternoon teas. Today, the Association is responsible for several highly appreciated service programs such as providing art in public areas of the hospital, seasonal flowers in the chapel, holiday decorations and scholarship funds for deserving staff. The Women's Association remains a 400+ member volunteer organization with the unwavering mission to support Morristown Medical Center, the #1 ranked hospital in the state for 5 years in a row.
Bring your passion for making a difference through volunteer work and join us as we architect the next 130 years together for our community in collaboration, fun, professionalism and excellence.