Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Each year, the Women's Board hosts an annual golf tournament to benefit educational scholarships, patient advocacy programs, and the GW Cancer Institute. To date, the tournaments have raised over $151,000 to support our charitable interests! Contact: Carmen Stull
Lights of life
Each December, the Women's Board partners with GW University and the GWU Medical Center to host a "Lights of Life" fundraiser where trees are illuminated with thousands of lights in the Ross Hall Courtyard and/or along the street in honor or memory of loved ones. Proceeds benefit patient programs supported by the Women’s Board. Contact: Carmen Stull
Women's Health Symposium
"Woman to Woman Mind, Body and Spirit" was the theme again on March 10, 2012 and provided free health screenings, educational seminars, and lots of health related give-a-way products. The symposium focused on stress management, diet and nutrition, exercise, diabetes, and heart health. This is scheduled to be a bi-annual event; occurring again in 2014. Contact: Kia Sechrist or Pam Thornton
Nursing, Public Health and Medical School Scholarships
The Women's Board provides nursing and public health scholarships to qualified Hospital employees who are pursuing or advancing in these fields. To date, over $300,000 has been awarded to 33 students.
Each year, the Women's Board awards educational scholarships to 3rd year GWU medical school students for use towards tuition and other school-related needs during their fourth year. To date, over $50,000 has been awarded. The next set of scholarships will be awarded this spring. Contact: Jana Dambrogio
The Women's Board opened the District's first hospital gift shop in the main lobby of the hospital in 1948. Since then, it has been an instant hit among the patients, their families and friends. The shop sells food items, for example - sodas and snacks; essential items such as toothpaste, greeting cards, and gifts - including flowers, baby clothing and birthday/anniversary presents.
For 54 years, the shop was run by a manager and staffed by volunteers. However, in October 2002, a contract was entered into with Lori's Hospital Gift Shops, a subsidiary of Hallmark, to manage the shop with a guaranteed monthly stipend to the Women's Board. Contact: Mary Page
Spiritual Care Program
The Women's Board launched a chaplaincy program in Spring of 2000 to attend to the humane and spiritual needs of patients, family members, and staff.
Seminarians from various divinity schools around the area provide the basis of our hospital ministry staff. Community clergy from many different faiths serve as our emergency staff during peak critical times. Our pastoral staff is made up of Catholic, Presbyterian, Muslim, Methodist, Jewish, Jehovah Witnesses and Episcopalian faiths.
Today, the Women's Board offers a Spiritual Care Residency program, whereby theological professionals who seek to expand their educational experience in hospital chaplaincy can apply, and those selected are awarded stipends in exchange for their efforts working in the hospital's Spiritual Care Program. Applications are currently available. See the Women's Board Home Page for additional information. Contact: Jana Dambrogio
NICU Baby Care Kits
Hand sewn baby carriers and baby blankets along with a lined flannel blanket to cover the isolet are made to enhance the care of premature high risk babies. Over 500 sets have been donated in the past 9 years. Volunteers are needed to sew these sets which are furnished by the Women's Board. If interested in volunteering please contact: Sandra Butcher
In an effort to support the diverse patient population at the hospital, the Women's Board has supported the Case Management Department in purchasing clothing and personal items for underinsured patients. This year, the Women's Board is donating $4,000.
As part of patient advocacy, the Women's Board works with patients in Oncology and Rehabilitation to create various forms of art in an effort to make their hospital stay a bit easier and more comfortable. Patients are guided in creating jewelry, pottery, greeting cards and more. Contact: Ileen Shefferman
Holiday Gift Giving
Each year, the Women's Board selects, purchases, wraps, and donates gifts to all patients in the hospital on or around Christmas as a celebration of all holidays. Gift donations are always welcome. Contact: Megan Hiwot
GW Cancer Institute
The Women's Board supports cancer research, treatment, and screening through its annual contribution to the GW Cancer Center. In 2011, the Women's Board donated $25,000 for this great cause.
The Women's Board funded the development of a permanent art piece to showcase the wonderful volunteer service and charitable giving of our members. The Wall has been placed on the first floor of the hospital near the Gift Shop. The Board is proud of our vast history and unveiled the Wall during a ceremony in late May of 2010.
The Women's Board funded and oversaw development of an Interfaith Chapel for hospital patients and visitors, which opened in May 2006. It was dedicated on December 13, 2006.
The Women's Board Teaching Center
In 1998, the Women's Board contributed $110,000 toward the purchase of computers for the Himmelfarb Library Women's Board Teaching Center. The Board continues to provide financial support to the center to support education and technological advancement.