Age and gender are not recruitment factors for Burgess Auxiliary members – interest in hospital and auxiliary projects are. Our members are committed to serving our community through their support of Burgess Health Center.

The Burgess Auxiliary is an active group, always looking for more members. Our members are very committed to meeting the needs of the hospital both through volunteer programs and monetary donations. Whatever the need or next project, the auxiliary is always ready to help.

Traditionally, the Auxiliary donates more than $10,000 to Burgess Health Center to purchase much-needed equipment.

The annual membership fee is $10.00. A lifetime membership is $50.00. Life members are exempt from additional dues; however, volunteer support is always welcomed. To become a member, print and complete a membership form or pick up a form at the Burgess Health Center information desk. Please return your completed form and dues to the Burgess information desk; or mail them to Auxiliary Treasurer, Burgess Health Center, 1600 Diamond Street, Onawa, IA 51040.

Gift Shop

Located adjacent to the Burgess main entrance and lobby, the gift shop has a variety of items including fresh flowers. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday.

ACT II Consignment Shop

Located at 813 Iowa Avenue in Onawa, ACT II is open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Sunday. Gently-used items are received daily, and the inventory is rotated frequently. So, stop in to see what might become “new to you.” Visit the ACT II Facebook page to find out more.


Ventures is an opportunity for original art and crafts work, antiques, recycled or junk art, books, and displays (such as Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Scentsy) vendors to display and sell their wares. The event is always held the second Sunday of September each year at the Monona County Fairgrounds in Onawa. If you wish to participate during the next event, please print and complete an entry form and return it and your fee to the Ventures coordinator.


Five scholarships are awarded each spring to area high school seniors and first-year college students that wish to pursue a career in a health-related field. Applications are available each spring and will be accepted until April 1.

Cap and Bootie Sets

All newborns are given a cap and booties set knitted by volunteers.

New Year’s Baby Gift

Each year, the family of the first baby born at Burgess Health Center is presented with a beautiful personalized painting from a local artist and a hand-made quilt from the Kiwanis Club.