1,000 chicken pot pies made by UnityPoint Health Auxiliary and staff

T-R PHOTO BY MIKE DONAHEY Members of the UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown Auxiliary and UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown Volunteer Services Coordinator Nora Byers, second from left, make chicken pot pies Tuesday in the hospital cafeteria kitchen.

The adage “many hands make light work” was evident Tuesday in the UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown hospital cafeteria as Auxiliary volunteers and hospital staff teamed up to make 1,000 chicken pot pies.

From laying out crusts to adding the vegetables and chicken to putting the finished product into large clear plastic bags, all was efficient and sanitary.

Over the years pot pie sales — a Marshalltown fall tradition — has made up a substantial portion of Auxiliary income going back to UnityPoint Health patient care — from wheelchairs to pillows for mastectomy patients, to Family Room furniture.

The large pie (9-inch) is $9.50 each or 3 for $27. Pick up dates are Oct. 5 9 a. m. to 7 p.m., Oct. 6 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Oct. 8 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Payment is due when customers pick up pies in the UnityPoint Health hospital main entrance.

“Because we made 1,000 pies in the large size only we urge customers not to procrastinate and order pies as soon as possible,” Auxiliary member Susan Eberhart of Montour said. “It was a team effort and I want to thank everyone who volunteered.”

The auxiliary’s roots go back to the Evangelical Deaconess Hospital Auxiliary, established Nov. 1, 1952, according to T-R archives.

Later, the Mercy St. Thomas Hospital Auxiliary, formed Sept. 5, 1952, joined forces with The Evangelical Hospital’s Auxiliary (formerly Evangelical Deaconess Hospital Auxiliary) in 1970, when the two hospitals merged to become the Marshalltown Area Community Hospital.

In 1985, MACH became Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center, and the organization was renamed MMSC Auxiliary.

MMSC evolved in Central Iowa Healthcare and the group was renamed Friends of CIH.

CIH became UnityPoint Health Marshalltown May 1, 2017, and the group was re-named UnityPoint Health Marshalltown Auxiliary.

Auxiliary members are Becky Caster, Christina Cheville, Eberhart, Debi Estabrook, Karen Giarratano, Rena Holmes, Judy Lindholm, Anne Paullus, Peterson, Barb Rasmussen and Peggy Schoer. For more information, or to order, contact 641-753-2706.

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Contact Mike Donahey at 641-753-6611 or mdonahey@timesrepublican.com