The Miriam Hospital Women’s Association

The Miriam's Women's Assn

Past Women’s Association president Robin Engle and current president Sherry Cohen at the association’s Life Members wall, which includes more than 1000 names.

“May you live until 120!”

Sherry Cohen, president of The Miriam Hospital Women’s Association, is ebullient as she explains the special meaning of the Jewish blessing for a long, healthy and meaningful life. It’s a wish that has dual significance this year for the storied volunteer organization.

Founded in 1897, the Association celebrates its 120th anniversary in 2017 with a full slate of outreach, education, and fundraising events to support and strengthen The Miriam community.

The Association’s signature event, the Annual Equipment Fundraiser, dates back to the founding of The Miriam Hospital in 1926, when the Association collected contributions for its first gift of medical supplies—linens. This year, the 550-member organization is raising funds for such high-tech tools as a bladder scanner, an electrotherapy device for swallowing problems, a cold laser to treat the pain of postsurgical adhesions, and a medical simulator that allows caregivers to better understand the effects of stroke.

“This cutting-edge equipment would not be available to us if it wasn’t for The Miriam Hospital Women’s Association,” says Arthur Sampson, president of The Miriam Hospital and a life member of the Association. “Its impact on the health of our community is immeasurable.”

A lot has changed in the past 120 years, but the Association’s commitment to making a difference in The Miriam community hasn’t wavered. The founding women were inspired by their shared traditions and sense of purpose. Their spirit shines as brightly today as it did in 1897.

“There is a great legacy for this organization,” Sherry says passionately. “It’s in our bloodline. In times when organizations vie for membership and raising funds can be challenging, the devotion and dedication of our members, coming from this tradition of women giving generation after generation to raise funds for the hospital, makes us successful.”

Adds Arthur Sampson, “The Association gave The Miriam life, and it continues to be a vital source of support today. We are forever grateful.”