Auxiliary

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"Dedicated to serving our healthcare community."
 

The Auxiliary has distinguished itself as an integral part of the hospital. Its multi-million dollar fundraising efforts have been responsible for contributions to major undertakings at the hospital.

The Auxiliary is rich with a history of providing ideas, financial support and volunteerism to complement the ever-spiraling growth and technological needs of healthcare.

History

The Auxiliary at New Britain General was formed on March 25, 1899, as the “Woman’s Hospital Board” with dues of $1.00 per year and a membership of 294 women. Our Auxiliary is one of the oldest in the country and first served wounded soldiers from the Spanish-American War. In 1928, the name was changed to the “Women’s Auxiliary of New Britain General Hospital”, and women could work in the hospital from 10:00-4:00 on Thursdays; 186 volunteers signed up. Duties were to solicit bed linens, kitchen supplies, utensils, and reading material; fundraising activities included collecting hospital donations at churches.

The name remained as such until 1968 when it was renamed “The New Britain General Hospital Auxiliary". In 2006, New Britain General Hospital and Bradley Memorial Hospital merged to form one hospital while maintaining two separate campuses. The Auxiliary’s name then became The Hospital of Central Connecticut Auxiliary at New Britain General. As discussed in detail below, the role of Auxiliary members has changed but continues to be involved in numerous programs and services which benefit patients, visitors, and staff at the hospital as well as residents of the community that we serve.

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Membership

Join the Auxiliary

Join the Auxiliary and discover the power of community and the importance of a welcoming place in which you may contribute your talents and knowledge to further our fundraising efforts!

Membership is available at several levels with no required monthly meetings to attend. It is open to men and women regardless of age.

We Make A Difference

“The Auxiliary at New Britain General has contributed countless hours and extraordinary talent to support the life-changing technologies and programs that put patients first at The Hospital of Central Connecticut.”

- Gary Havican, President of the Hartford HealthCare Central Region

We Are Dedicated To

Serving our healthcare community. The Auxiliary has distinguished itself as an integral part of the hospital with a rich history of providing ideas, financial support, and volunteers to complement all programs at THOCC. Our multi-million dollar fundraising efforts are responsible for contributions to major undertakings at the hospital, as listed (in part) below.

What We Do

Distributed 185 Poinsettias
  • Distributed 185 poinsettias to all in-house patients at New Britain General.
  • In recognition of 2023 National Nurses Week, the Auxiliary helped fund fleece jackets for all nurses at their hospital campus.
  • Donation to the Nursing Advanced Education Fund to assist nurses seeking professional and advanced certification or recertification.
  • Donations to “Americares” for relief in Maui and Israel.
  • Collected over 200 newborn and preemie PJs and personal care items for the moms in the Family Birthplace.
Newborn Pjs
 

What We Offer

The Auxiliary at New Britain General offers much to the members of this organization.

Fellowship: Through social events, the gift shop, and fundraising events, you will enjoy the camaraderie of the Auxiliary members. Working as a group toward a common goal, whether focusing on a fundraiser or deciding on gifts (monetary or equipment), this group works together cooperatively to attain our stated goal.

Networking: Through volunteering and/or attending meetings, you will have an opportunity to meet new people and socialize with friends and hospital staff.

Education: Through diverse presentations at in-house seminars by the hospital staff and by being on the Auxiliary, you will be made aware of the event and speaker information available to you. This, along with volunteering at the hospital, will acquaint you with the inner workings of the hospital and healthcare at large. Various healthcare offerings are also available to you, such as flu shots and some vaccinations.

Publications

  • HHC This Week provides updates and news of all Hartford Healthcare Institutions.
  • The Department of Philanthropy’s Giving Thanks newsletter features the generosity of its donors and how their efforts benefit the hospitals of the Central Region.
  • NewsBreak Central is a weekly hospital publication for the Central Region which shares local hospital news, activities, and updates. 
  • Volunteer News is a Central Region newsletter that highlights various volunteer assignments and activities as well as acknowledges the commitment of so many dedicated individuals.

Membership Application Forms

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Board Members

The Auxiliary at New Britain General Advisory Board Members

President – Carin Mancini
President Elect – Lee Schreiner
Vice President Membership – Karen Pagliaro
Recording Secretary – Gail Millerick
Corresponding Secretary – Lindy Martin
Treasurer – Paul Salina
Chairperson Gift Shops – Annette Salina
Treasurer Gift Shops – Anastasia Rulkowski

Directors

  • Barbara Andrews
  • Patricia Bedard
  • Cyndi Brown
  • Maureen Carlson
  • Nancy Cavaliere
  • Roberta Chant
  • Dorothy DiLernia
  • Hibeh Dilzer
  • Julie Dyson
  • Janet Fontana
  • Sadia Hoxha
  • Rose Mary Kiniry-Luddy
  • Anthony Labato
  • Patricia Maerz
  • David Obedzinski
  • Sylvia Rulkowski
  • Marianne Salerno
  • Gail Steele
  • Laura Whitaker

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Meetings

New Britain General Campus Auxiliary

The New Britain General Campus Auxiliary meets the second Tuesday of every month and holds its annual meeting in November (no summer meetings).

The New Britain Auxiliary has adopted a Strategic Plan that provides a road map for our goals and development. We have established the following committees: Image, Website Development, Education, Membership and Presidents' Council.

Bradley Memorial Campus Auxiliary

The Bradley Memorial Campus Auxiliary board of Directors meets the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM at the Bradley Memorial Campus, conference room A.

Joint Meeting

The Executive Boards of the New Britain General and Bradley Memorial Auxiliaries meet together once annually.

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Scholarships

The HOCC Auxiliary at New Britain Scholarship Program (for students residing in Berlin, Kensington, New Britain, Newington, Plainville, or Southington)

The Auxiliary at New Britain General will award three scholarships to area students.

Download an application

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Gift Shops

The Auxiliary at New Britain General manages and finances two gift shops: The Wishing Well at New Britain General and Simple Comforts at the Cancer Institute of the Hospital of Central Connecticut. The Auxiliary is proud to direct the shops’ proceeds to support the New Britain General Campus and the Cancer Institute.

Both shops offer a variety of items for patients and visitors. Fresh and artificial flowers, candy, balloons, cards, and gifts are always available. New items are added continuously during the different seasons and around the holidays. Examples of items stocked in our gift shops – The Wishing Well at New Britain General and Simple Comforts at the Cancer Institute – are as follows:

Jewelry

  • Designer costume jewelry featuring John Michael Richardson
  • Watches
  • Earrings - including Silver Forest
  • Bracelets
  • Necklaces

Gifts

  • Willow Tree
  • Stuffed animals, toys, dolls
  • Wall and table accent items
  • Baby gifts
  • Books and magazines
  • Sunglasses and reading and magnifying glasses

Accessories

  • Scarves, hats, mittens, & gloves (seasonal)
  • Dresses and tops - featuring Magic Scarf
  • Slippers
  • Handbags from Joy Susan, Myra and Signare

Cosmetics

  • Camille Beckman
  • Naked Bee

Locations

The Wishing Well Auxiliary Gift Shop at New Britain General Campus
860.224.5260
Mon & Fri: 10am to 3pm
Tue, Wed, Thu: 10am to 7pm
Every other Sat & Sun: 10am to 2pm
*Please note-hours may be subject to change
Free Parking

Simple Comforts Gift Shop at Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut
860.696.4910
Mon – Fri: 10am to 4pm
Free Parking

The Auxiliary is proud to donate funds from the gift shops’ proceeds to support the programs, services and areas of greatest need at the New Britain General Campus and the Cancer Institute.

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Fundraisers

2023 Gala2023 GALA “Making Waves….to Stop Cancer”

The Auxiliary held its biennial gala, “Making Waves….to Stop Cancer” on November 4, 2023, at the Aqua Turf. This cruise-themed evening included a Dinner Reception, Cocktails-Open Bar, Live Entertainment, DJ, and a live “cruise” auction. The net proceeds of $62,000 will benefit the Cancer Institute at the Hospital of Central Connecticut.

 

Sweetheart Gift Card Raffle

gift card

Newly instituted last year, the Auxiliary once again sponsored their “Sweetheart Gift Card Raffle”. Winners were drawn daily from Feb. 1-March 1, 2024, and each day was valued at a minimum of $100. Winners’ names then went back into the pot for a chance to win again. Proceeds helped fund department requests throughout the year. $10,000 from last year’s raffle supported the funding of fleece jackets for all nurses at the New Britain General Campus and funded personal care items for the Medical Mission in New Britain. 

The Auxiliary wishes to thank all who participated - New and returning friends and new and returning sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor
Midstate Radiology, LLC

Titanium Sponsor
Tomasso Group

Platinum Sponsor
Constitution Surgery Alliance

Dinner Sponsor
MBH Architecture

On-Course Beverage Sponsor
Northeast Emergency Medicine Specialists

Cart Sponsor
Kyber Security

Cocktail Hour & Reception Sponsor
Midstate Radiology, LLC

Silver Sponsors
BSC Services, LLC
CFM Construction Corporation
Compass One Healthcare
Interpreters and Translators, Inc.
Mace Company, LLC
Starling Physicians

Hole-In-One Sponsor
Mayor’s Charitable Trophy

Goodie Bag Sponsor
Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

Contest Sponsors
Comprehensive Orthopaedics
Connecticut Ear, Nose & Throat, PC
Environmental Systems Corporation
Kozak & Salina
Schaller Auto World

Donors
Creative Office Interiors
Jyoti Sharma, MD
State-Wide Electric, Inc.

And a special thanks to Mr. Bill Tomasso & Tunxis Country Club for their continued support of the HOCC Auxiliary at New Britain General Golf Tournament.

 

Save the Date! 33rd Annual Golf Tournament

PiperThe Hospital of Central Connecticut Auxiliary at New Britain General 33rd Annual Golf Tournament.

Location: Tunxis Country Club, Farmington, CT.

Time: Wednesday, June 5, 2024 10:30 am

Features to include: Complimentary Continental Breakfast with Mimosas and Bloody Marys, Pizza Truck, Bourbon Tasting, Cigars, Dinner with Open Bar and more!!

Registration information to follow.
For questions call:

  

 

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The Hospital of Central Connecticut Auxiliary

  • Bradley Memorial Campus

    81 Meriden Ave.,
    Southington, CT 06489
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    Phone: 860.276.5103

    New Britain General Campus

    100 Grand Street,
    New Britain, CT 06050
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    Phone: 860.224.5502