To acknowledge the accomplishments of its volunteers, the board of trustees of the Auxiliary of West Suburban Medical Center hosted a breakfast for the annual meeting on Oct. 7 at the Oak Park Country Club.

Auxiliary President Cille Bucolo conducted the business meeting that followed, summarizing events of the past year, and presenting a check for $80,000 to the Medical Center as initial payment toward the current pledge of $380,000 for additions to the Department of Gastroenterology. Since 1956, the Auxiliary has raised more than $9,000,000.

Guest speaker of the event was Leonard T. Saxon, M.D., emeritus member of the board of trustees, recipient of the Kenneth J. Douglas Award for Outstanding Service, and a member of West Suburban’s medical staff for 64 years.

He shared World War II memories of the hospital’s 25th Evacuation Unit, comprised of 32 doctors and 52 nurses, which served 2½ years in a field hospital in the South Pacific. He also detailed the development of departments within West Suburban after WWII. “The history of medicine is a drama: never ending, always changing,” said Saxon.

 

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