22 Jun THE TWIG CONTIBUTES $135,000 TO INOVA ALEXANDRIA HOSPITAL!!!
For Immediate Release
June 22, 2022
Alexandria, VA — On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, during their Annual Meeting Luncheon, The Twig presented Inova Alexandria Hospital with a check for $125,000. The funds, which were presented by 2021-2022 Twig President Mary Schoen to Francine Barr, the Chief Nursing Officer at Inova Alexandria Hospital, will support a new Simulations Skills Lab ($100,000) and the IAH Patient Assistance Fund ($25,000). These important contributions will support continued training for nurses and other staff at the hospital as well as providing support to those in the community who need hospital care, but may not be able to afford it.
This contribution comes on the heels of The Twig donation of $100,000 to support the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following a year of uncertainty, The Twig was able to keep its main source of income, The Twig Thrift Shop running with the help of some wonderful volunteers by limiting the number of shoppers, wearing face masks and providing enough space in the shop to keep safe distances from other volunteers and customers. The Twig demonstrated flexibility by closing for a few weeks in January due to an outbreak of the Omnicron COVID, but we re-opened in early February once it was safe to do so.
In addition to the $125,000, The Twig was also able to provide two nursing scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each to two nurses who are working towards a higher nursing degree. The Twig has, for many years, been able to support the nursing education for the staff at Inova Alexandria Hospital and we were honored to do so again this year. This year’s scholarship recipients are Ndidi Ihezue and Maddie Mahoney
The Twig, the Junior Auxiliary for Inova Alexandria Hospital, is a non-profit organization of women dedicated to providing financial aid, volunteer service, and support to Inova Alexandria Hospital, which was originally established by volunteers in 1933 by a group of 24 young women who gathered at the home of Mrs. Julian T. Burke. They took the name “The Twig” from a contest entry by Mrs. Nellie Sommers Blackwell; this described the new organization as a small branch of the “tree” which represented the hospital.”
The Twig and Inova Alexandria Hospital both have grown along with the City of Alexandria. As we approach out 90th year, The Twig has continued to be true to the goals of its charter members by helping the Hospital provide the highest quality medical service for the Alexandria community. Today’s members carry on that tradition of community support and individual dedication. To date, The Twig has contributed more than $4.5 million to Inova Alexandria Hospital.