The Dickens Auxiliary, of historical importance, was named in honor of Dr. Helen O. Dickens, the first African American woman to be board certified in obstetrics and gynecology in Philadelphia. Its purpose is to afford women of color the opportunity to volunteer and lend support to Abington Hospital.
This auxiliary is comprised of a diverse group of women from various geographical areas who enjoy supporting their community through voluntary efforts at the hospital. The Dr. Helen O. Dickens Auxiliary began with a commitment of fifty-two women. Membership now exceeds one hundred! Members' ages range from 21 to 88+ years young.
Dickens Auxiliary meets five times a year, every other month from September to May, gathering at designated sites. Each meeting begins with specific agenda items, followed by a social activity.
Dickens Auxiliary Officers
Dr. Claudia Kirkland-Lyles, Chair
Michelle Neil, Vice Chair
Valerie O. Ward, Secretary
Radeen Scott, Treasurer