With the shuttered Colusa Regional Medical Center, the hospitals axillary organization is seeking the opportunity to distance itself from the hospital and develop itself into a community organization.
“We want to remain stewards for local healthcare, but we also want to remain in the community for support,” said Auxillary member, Shiela Etchepare.
The organization recently packed up their gift shop and relocated to 661 Main Street in downtown Colusa.
“Thanks to the generosity of Frank Rogers we can obtain a temporary space,” said Etchepare.
Etchepare commented that they were able to get moved quickly thanks to the help of a local carpet cleaner, and the arms of strong people.
“We called Ricky from Preferred Janitorial, and he was able to provide us quick service,” said Etchepare, “and Emerald Farms donated the use of a moving truck and helpers to move.”
With the move, the group has re-branded their once hospital gift shop into and emporium of gifts, and unique items.
“We are now to be known as ‘Irene & Company Boutique,’” said Etchepare.
The name comes from the groups founder Irene Grenfell and all the volunteers who kept it going.
“We’ve just celebrated our 50th anniversary, and it’s all about keeping our head above water,” said Etchepare, “We’ve been through some tough challenges; however so many people have come to help – the support is overwhelming.”
Etchepare commented that though the move is one step towards independence, there are still a lot of unknowns.
“The hospital board allowed the axillary to change its bylaws to remain separate from the hospital; however, there is still some unknowns on how the organization will operate or what the future will bring,” said Etchepare. “The move may be temporary, and once the hospital is re-opened we may be back, we don’t know.”
However, the group plans to remain a presence in the County.
Etchepare invites everyone to come check out ‘Irene & Company Boutique’ located at 661 Main Street in Colusa. Anticipated days of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday’s.
Editors Note: We have changed the name of John Rogers to Frank Rogers as the incorrect reference was used. We appoloigize for this error.