Hartford Hospital Auxiliary

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The Hartford Hospital Auxiliary provides service and monetary funds for improvements and enhancements to the hospital community.

Auxiliary funding benefits patients, family members, visitors, employees, and volunteers.

Through membership dues and donations, fundraising events and store revenues, the Auxiliary funds project grants and annual gifts in all areas of the hospital. It is led by a volunteer, self-governed board of directors that also invests hours of service to maintain the many programs it serves.


Founded in 1921, the Hartford Hospital Auxiliary started its rich history by making bandages, clothing and other items needed by the hospital. During WWII many auxiliary members volunteered their time as nurse’s aides. This allowed the administration to keep open an additional third of the hospital.

Fast forward to today, our self-governing organization provides services to all aspects of Hartford Hospital. We report to the Hospital's administration and work along side the hospital staff to provide volunteers and monetary support. The funds raised through our events support necessary equipment and training that ultimately help provide the best patient care. Additionally our efforts fund scholarships for volunteers, employees and their children and many other annual commitments. If this sound like the type of organization you would like to explore. Join Us!

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Auxiliary News

Rx for Fun

April 25, 2019: The Hartford Hospital Auxiliary held their 11th Annual Rx for Fun Event at Montana Nights Axe Throwing. This year’s $10,000 beneficiary was to support Hartford Hospital’s Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI) and its newest piece of technology - Axel the SIM Dog: a state of the art, hands on canine training simulator. “Axel” was designed in partnership with the Department of Defense for canine first responders and is the first SimDog in the United States to be used as a training tool in a healthcare education environment.

Over 120 People participated in the Event which included: Axe throwing, games and Axel demonstrations. Co President of the Auxiliary Jennifer Wedeles stated ”Our Rx for Fun Event is always a great night but there was something special about this year’s Event. We all felt it in the air at Montana Nights. Everyone had fun, whether they were throwing an axe for the first time, enjoying Bears Barbecue or learning more about Axel, the Sim Dog the Auxiliary was able to help purchase with the proceeds from this Event. This Rx for Fun will be long remembered and talked about for a long time!”


Au Bon Pain CafeAu Bon Pain Café

The Auxiliary’s relationship with Au Bon Pain Café continues to be strong. Located in the main lobby of Hartford Hospital, the café has been very well received by the hospital community and its guests. In addition to offering freshly prepared sandwiches, salads and desserts on site, the café extends its services to catering breakfast, lunch and snack options for hospital meetings and group gatherings. All Au Bon Pain purchases benefit the Hartford Hospital community, as all fees the Auxiliary receives from Au Bon Pain go into the funds the Auxiliary uses to support important hospital projects.

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday, 6 am to midnight
Saturday & Sunday, 6 am to 9 pm

The Auxiliary StoreThe Auxiliary Store

The Auxiliary Store opened on October 5, 1943 at the request of Hospital administration and for the sole benefit of the hospital. The current store, located past the elevators in the main hospital, continues to benefit the hospital community today. Since its inception, Auxiliary members and volunteers have given endless hours of service to staff the store. For continuity of service and revenue, the Auxiliary partnered with a professional management company in 2015.

All purchases made at the store directly benefit the hospital community.

100% of Auxiliary fees received from the store support hospital project funding. The Auxiliary Board works to ensure that store merchandise selection and quality continue to meet customer needs. Staff and visitors will find a large variety of reading material, cards, flowers, balloons, toiletries, gifts, and snacks. Your feedback on quality and selection is always welcome.

Contact the Auxiliary Store:

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 8 am to 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm
Learn more about The Auxiliary Store.

Board of Directors (2018-19)


Co-Presidents: Jennifer Wedeles and Shelley Dodd
VP Projects: Gretchen Haimes
Recording Secretary: Christina Rossi
Corresponding Secretary: Lynn Robinson
Treasurer: Jane Robinson
Assistant Treasurer: Falguni Patel
VP Public Relations: Julie LeBlanc
VP Retail Operations: Marri Fairbanks
Immediate Past President & Nominating: Amy Steinberg

Committee Chairpersons

Annual Meeting: Julie Corroon, Kim Shea
Archivist: Erin Healer
Bulletin & Website: Kimberly Conrad
Employee Holiday Party: Kathy Herzog, Cornelia Hull
Golf Tournament Chairs: Lori Flaks, Virginia Van Dyk
Golf Tournament Auction/Raffle: Patti Maciag, Alison Keating
Golf Tournament Volunteer Coordinators: Robin Kriesberg, Falguni Patel
Hospital Liaisons: Erin Healer, Susanne Yeakel
IOL Liaison: Hilary Allen
Membership: Ginger Gillespie, Julie Carter
Read to Grow: Patti Maciag, Jen Pace
Rx for Fun Annual Event: Paige Abrams, Christine Bennett
Scholarship Fund: Jillian Puzzo, Linda Atkins

Members Ex-Officio

Bimal Patel
President, Hartford Hospital and
Hartford Region Senior Vice President,
Hartford HealthCare

Carol Garlick, CFRE
Vice President, Philanthropy
Hartford Hospital

Annually Recurring Gifts

Highights of Auxilliary Funding

Sons and Daughters Scholarships and Hazel Vail Award

For Children of Employees

In 1968, the Auxiliary established the scholarship fund for children of Hartford Hospital employees. Today, the Auxiliary funds up to $75,000 annually in undergraduate scholarships for children of employees. The Sons and Daughters Scholarships are competitive, one-time, merit-based awards of $1,000 to $10,000.
The top award of up to $10,000, is given in honor of Hazel Vail, an Auxiliary Board Member from 1992 to 2015. Established in 2016, this award honors Hazel, a volunteer at Hartford Hospital since 1979, who has dedicated over 15,000 hours of service.

To apply, employees can visit the hospital intranet under Human Resources / Education / HH Scholarships.

Read to Grow “Books for Babies”

The Auxiliary funds the early childhood literacy initiative at Hartford Hospital. This $30,000 annual commitment, implemented by the Auxiliary Board in 2008, brought the Connecticut-based Read to Grow “Books for Babies” program to the hospital. Literacy information is provided to new moms, trained volunteers meet with parents and families, and books are provided for newborns and siblings.

“Books for Babies” helps parents understand how books and reading play a role in developing language skills, starting from birth. It is an effective and powerful strategy.

Auxiliary members also donate nearly 1,000 books annually to the program, directly serving the over 3500 babies born annually at Hartford Hospital.

Employee Holiday Party

A holiday treat for hospital employees, the Auxiliary commits $10,000 towards the cost of this annual December event. Working with the hospital Human Resources Department for many years, Auxiliary board members also volunteer to make this a special day for staff. The Auxiliary is on hand to support kitchen staff in keeping the food well-stocked and ready for employees.

Fresh Flowers

The Auxiliary has played an active role in enhancing the physical appearance of our hospital spaces since the 1930’s. Today, the Auxiliary provides fresh flowers for the main lobby and multi-faith chapel. Arrangements are updated monthly and purchased through the Auxiliary Store florist to brighten the spaces throughout the year.

VolunTeen Scholarship

In support of Volunteer Services, the Auxiliary funds an annual Volunteer Scholarship to a deserving high school senior who is a VolunTeen at Hartford Hospital. Eligible VolunTeens must be planning to pursue a medical or healthcare related field of study.


Handmade for our Patients

In collaboration with Volunteer Services, the Auxiliary has funded the yarn for the knitting program since the mid 1980’s. Currently, members of the Aetna Volunteer Council give their time and talents to create lap afghans, caps, baby afghans, and baby hats for Hartford Hospital patients.

Support the Auxiliary

Your contribution, at any level or amount, makes an impact! Auxiliary funds make it possible to respond to the needs identified by staff, which are not covered under the hospital budget. We fund department initiatives, equipment upgrades, facility improvements, new technology, training, and more, to ultimately benefit patients, family members, visitors, employees, and volunteers.

100% of member donations support project grants and annual gifts throughout the hospital.

Membership includes:

  • 10% discount on most items at the Auxiliary Store
  • The Bulletin periodical
  • Invitations to special events

Membership brochures are located in the Auxiliary Store, or click here to download and mail a membership form.

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