The Auxiliary Gift shop offers a variety of choices...


Mercy Auxiliary has been serving the community since 1952
New Gift Shop Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm

The Mercy Auxiliary plays an important role in the hospital through various acitivities and services. The Auxiliary, winner of numerous awards as the Iowa Hospital Association Auxiliary of the Year, provides the following for patients and visitors.  Services provided by the Mercy Auxiliary include:

  1. Gift Shop - located in the lobby; provides gifts, candy, personal and sundry items.
  2. Hostess Desk - located in the front lobby to assist patients and visitors; the hostess desk is maintained by the Auxiliary volunteers.
  3. Pediatric Tours - every year the Auxiliary conducts tours of the hospital for area school children.
  4. Health Screenings - the Auxiliary assists hospital personnel in various patient health screening programs.
  5. Scholarships - each spring the Auxiliary accepts applications and awards scholarships to individuals entering a licensed field of medicine. The 2018 Scholarships have been awarded. 2019 Scholarships will be available next spring.

Click here for a brochure with more information about Auxiliary. If you are interested in joining please contact the Auxiliary president, Mary Ann Whetmore or any Auxiliary member. To fill out the membership application, click here.


On March 10, 1903, a group of Centerville women met at the Drake Public Library and organized the Ladies' Hosptial Auxiliary.  The sum of $4,500 had already been donated for a hospital but the group needed to raise $3,500 more to acquire the Peatman House on the corner of Main and Wall Street.  Achieving the goal, Centerville's first hospital opened its doors on November 17, 1903 with "15 cots and room for some more if needed."  This auxiliary subsequently disbanded.

In 1952, 18 volunteers, wives of the lay board, held an organizational meeting.  They wanted to help promote the new addition to the old hospital.

Sister Fabian was the administrator at the time and worked closely with the Auxiliary to recruit new members.  The orginial 18 members held coffees in their homes and soon the membership was over 143.  In January 1953, Sister Fabian presented the Auxiliary with its charter of organization. This organiziation was known as the St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital Auxiliary.  In July 1999, St. Joseph's Mercy Hosptial became Mercy Medical Center-Centerville and the volunteer organization became Mercy Auxliliary.

Because of the foresight the founders had, Mercy Auxiliary has become an important part of the community by remaining strong and active for over 60 years.  This is a heritage that members are proud to proclaim.

Working Committees

Membership - Dues are $5.00 yearly/$50.00 lifetime.

Newsletter - Published quarterly, this is an important tool used to get Auxiliary news out to the members as well as the community around the state.

Hostess Program - Several doctors come on a regular basis from other medical facilities to see patients.  The hostess helps the admitting office in assisting patients to get to their respecitive appointments.

Hospitality - Each member is asked to contribute a salad, not more than once a year, for the monthly luncheons.  Cost of the luncheon is $2.00, but is free the month a salad is provided by the member.

Gift Shop - There are two shifts each day, 10:00am to 1:30pm and 1:30pm to 5:00pm. Open 5 days a week. Located in the main lobby, the gift shop is open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm.

Ceramics - This group has created ornaments for over 20 years to be sold at the holiday bazaar.  Workers meet Wednesday mornings in the hospital cafeteria.

Crafts - Workers meet Wednesday mornings to work on various craft projects to be sold at the annual Bazaar.

Quiliting - Each year a queen-sized quilt is created to be raffled off at the annual Bazaar.

Bazaar - A long time tradition for the Centerville Auxiliary. Held each November with proceeds going directly to the hospital.  Members are asked to contribute 3 items for sale at the Bazaar.

Valentine's Day Candy Sale - held on Valentine's Day, proceeds from the sale of the homemade candy goes toward scholarships for individuals entering the medical field.

Hospital Week Tea - During Hosptial Week in May, the Auxiliary hosts a tea for employees.  Auxiliary members provide homemade cookies, punch and coffee for this event.

Pediatric Tours - Tours of the hospital are given during Hospital week for all area first graders.  The tours are guided by members of the Auxiliary.

Pins and Awards - Awards are given annually at the January luncheon to members in recognition for their volunteer hours during the year.

Newborn Caps - Crochet or knitted caprs are made by members and given to all new babies born at MMCC.

Telephone - Callers make calls to each member about upcoming Auxiliary events. Also used in case of funeral notices.

Blood Drives - Host quarterly community blood drives.