For several years, bricks lay on the ground and windows were stored in a barn as area residents tried to raise enough money to build a hospital. Finally, tired of the long delays, several women decided they would personally borrow $5,000 to get the construction started.

Thus, in 1920, our hospital and its Auxiliary were born. Since then the group has been a mainstay, first in raising funds for the original building and later in every improvement and project the hospital has undertaken.

Over the years Auxiliary funds have helped to pay for construction of our Shore Cancer Center, scholarships, redecorating projects, landscaping and hospital equipment. In fact, our Auxiliary has been recognized by the American Hospital Association for “dedicated and distinguished service on behalf of the hospital.”


  • Carousel Gift Shop, on the hospital’s first floor near the main entrance. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday 1 to 6 p.m.
  • The Annual Hospital Ball, set for September 22, 2012, at the Eastern Shore Yacht & Country Club in Melfa. For more information call (757) 787-1326.
  • Antique Show, set for November 3 and 4, 2012 with the preview party on Nov. 2. Exmore Moose Lodge. For more information call (757) 787-5687.
  • Festival of Lights. Honor loved ones at a tree lighting ceremony at Shore Memorial Hospital on December 7, 2012. For more information call (757) 442-3439.

To join

For information on Auxiliary membership, contact the Community Relations Office at (757) 414-8050, or e-mail us at


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