For its efforts that go "above and beyond," A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has received statewide recognition from an industry advocacy group, an official there said.

This is the 17th year that Auxiliary Advocacy certificates are being awarded, said Healthcare Association of New York director Jennifer Carter.

The certificates acknowledge contributions not only for the traditional role of fundraising, but, more importantly, for "stepping up," being a community presence and an ambassador for the hospital, Carter said. Fox is one of 46 groups receiving that award, she said.

HANYS is an advocate for New York's hospitals and health systems at all levels of federal and state government, according to its website.

"We are proud to be recognized for the time commitment and effort that we put forth," said Fox director of volunteer services Joanne Burdick. This is the 16th year the organization received the award, she said.

The achievements of the 120-member organization last year included: funding several projects such as the creation of a gift shop at FoxCare Center, a financial pledge to the hospital's medical imaging project, and purchasing Lifeline equipment, according to a media release.

Community service activities include participating in American Red Cross blood drives, flu shot clinics and American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days.

Health care auxiliaries are important resources, a HANYS release said, and HANYS is committed to providing education and resources to strengthen auxiliaries and help them succeed.

"We are always looking for new volunteers," Burdick said.

For more information, call 431-5042.

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