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Long-Time Volunteer Honored For Her Service At St. Anthony's Hospital


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (October 18, 2010) -- St. Anthony's Hospital is proud to announce that the Florida Hospital Association has chosen Mary Hilton Cross as the 2010 Volunteer of the Year recipient as part of the annual Celebration of Service Awards.  Mary first joined the St. Anthony's Hospital Auxiliary as a volunteer in 1963 and became active volunteer in 1965.  She served as president of the auxiliary board from 1971-1973, served as president of the Anthonians, a support group of the hospital, from 1979-1980 and was a charter member of the hospital Foundation Board.

"One of the reasons Mary was selected for the FHA award is that she has followed the same philosophy consistently -- service to others is the rent we pay for the space we occupy here on earth. Mary demonstrates this message with her continuing volunteer service at St. Anthony's Hospital, said Bill Ulbricht, president of St. Anthony's Hospital. "We are so proud that Mary has been recognized with this top honor.  Mary's work and that of our other volunteers helps St. Anthony's achieve its mission of improving the health of the community in a caring and compassionate manner."

Today, she continues to serve on the Hospital Auxiliary Board as parliamentarian and also volunteers in the auxiliary gift shop. Mary has also worked as a volunteer in the emergency department, public relations office, and while working in the foundation office, served on the St. Anthony's Triathlon executive committee in its' early years. 

Besides her dedication to St. Anthony's Hospital, Mary also has served the community in other opportunities:

  • Board Chairman for the Pinellas United Way
  • State Board Chairman of the Children's Home Society of Florida
  • Board of Directors of Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Florida (22 years of service)

Mary continues to serve as a member and secretary of the City of St. Petersburg Health Facilities Authority.  Mary is a lifelong resident of St. Petersburg and worked at Florida Power Corporation until she met and married her late husband, Murry.  They were married for over 57 years and have three children and four grandchildren.

The Florida Hospital Association's judging criteria is based on the following:

  • Commits to hospitals and health care through participation in hospital auxiliary organizations or by directly volunteering within a hospital.
  • Participates in activities that benefit the hospital and its patients, serving as a role model of hospital volunteerism.
  • Acts in leadership position for a state auxiliary or other volunteer organization.

About St. Anthony's Hospital

St. Anthony's Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and is the first and only faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. In 1997, St. Anthony's became part of BayCare Health System, a joint operating agreement between the Tampa Bay area's leading not-for-profit hospitals. St. Anthony's has a rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care.

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient's lifetime. With more than 195 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare's family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Hospital-North, St. Joseph's Women's, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at

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