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". 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 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

  • The dissemination of poinsettias at Christmas to all in-house patients at New Britain General
  • Donating over 70 sets of newborn pajamas to the hospital’s NICU
  • Donating 31 dozen doughnuts to departments within the New General Campus responsible for the care of COVID patients
  • Donating 724 plush beach towels to all nurses during National Nurses Week in appreciation for their hard work during the pandemic
  • Donating over 1,000 boxed lunches to all hospital staff to recognize the crucial work of our frontline colleagues during the pandemic

The Auxiliary at New Britain General also donates monies to the hospital earmarked for specific equipment, as requested by different departments. These include (but are not limited to):

  • $25,000 to the HOCC COVID-19 Fund
  • $1 million to the Hartford Healthcare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut
  • $103,000 for the purchase of 55 Staxi Medical Transport Chairs for the New Britain General Campus and the Cancer Institute
  • 18 NIC-VIEW cameras for the Family BirthPlace which allows families the ability to interact with hospitalized newborns in the NICU
  • Monies for the creation of the Hybrid Operating Room ($80,000)
  • Monies for equipment for the newly constructed Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit ($55,000)
  • Monies for new diagnostic equipment for the Family BirthPlace ($60,000)

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 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 which highlights various volunteer assignments and activities as well as acknowledging 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 - Annette Salina
President-Elect - Josephine Eminian
Vice-President Membership - Elizabeth Schreiner
Recording Secretary - Sadia Hodza
Corresponding Secretary - Maureen Carlson
Treasurer - Paul Salina
Chairperson Gift Shops - Laura Napoletano
Treasurer Gift Shops - Anastasia Rulkowski

Directors

  • Barbara Andrews
  • Patricia Bedard
  • Louise Belkin
  • Cheryl Carlson
  • Roberta Chant
  • Dorothy DiLernia
  • Judy Garro
  • Anthony Labato
  • Rose Mary Luddy
  • Patricia Maerz
  • Carin Mancini
  • Melinda Martin
  • Marilyn Miller
  • David Obedzinski
  • Sylvia Rulkowski
  • Sandra Story

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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

Joint Meeting

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

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Scholarships

The Auxiliary at The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC), New Britain General Campus Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is for high school seniors or college students pursuing an education in the Allied Health field.

The HOCC Auxiliary at New Britain General, has established a scholarship for high school seniors and/or college students pursuing an education in the Allied Health field.  Our Auxiliary is one of the oldest in the United States.  It was organized in 1899 by local women and was first called “The Women’s Hospital Board” – known today as The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Auxiliary at New Britain General.  The Auxiliary continues as a viable part of the fabric of HOCC.  Two major fundraisers are held, a Golf Tournament and the Mumtini Mixer, each targeted to support major gifts to the hospital.  Two Auxiliary run Gift Shops, “The Wishing Well” at the New Britain General Campus and “Simple Comforts” at the Cancer Institute, add to the monies donated to the hospital by the Auxiliary.

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Joan Barton Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is for high school seniors pursuing education in the mental health/social work field.

Joan Barton was a member in good standing in the HOCC Auxiliary; she was bright, caring, and very hardworking. While married with three children, she pursued a degree in Speech Therapy and worked in the Berlin Public School system; she also earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Joan shared her new learnings in many settings where she was totally invested in her patients and able to help so many. She was loved by all!

In 2021, this award recipient was Cole Primo from Berlin who plans to pursue a degree in nursing and play lacrosse at The University of St. Joseph. He graduated from Berlin High School where he was involved in cross country, lacrosse, and as a HOBY representative (Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership program that focuses on leadership, service, and innovation). He is also heavily involved in his community, serving as a church usher, youth assistant for Berlin Youth Lacrosse, Boy Scouts of America, and Upbeat Community Services.

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Kathleen E. Boudreau Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is for high school seniors pursuing a career in nursing.

Kathleen Ebbit Boudreau was born in Ireland in 1919 and grew up in Long Island, New York. She married I.G. “Mike” Boudreau and had twin daughters (Marleen and Michele) before relocating to New Britain. Kathleen completed her LPN degree at Hartford Hospital and worked in New Britain convalescent homes for several years. She also volunteered at New Britain General Hospital during the 1970s and 1980s. In addition to her love of children, she also enjoyed cooking, sewing and reading. She devoted her life to caring for others, exhibiting her deep empathy for those who were ill or in distress. It is in her memory that her daughter, Marleen Boudreau Flory of St. Peters, Minnesota, established this scholarship through the HOCC Auxiliary at The Hospital of Central Connecticut.

In 2021, this award recipient was Michaela Potamis from Southington who is a teen volunteer at HOCC. She graduated from Southington High School in June of 2021 where she was a member of the National Honor Society and played soccer and competed in track and field. She was also involved in Giving Back Girls, Southington Community Services, and the Salvation Army and will be attending Fairfield University.

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Julia L. LaGasse Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is for high school seniors pursuing an education in the Allied Health Field.  

Julia L. LaGasse was a lifelong Bristol resident and worked at Bristol Federal Savings & Loan, Wallace Barnes, and Superior Electric Credit Union.  She was a devoted parishioner of St. Francis de Sales Parish. Julia was a beloved aunt to many nieces and nephews and a firm believer in the value of a good education.

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Clifford and Margaret Sargis Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is for high school seniors or college students pursuing careers in the field of medicine.

Clifford and Margaret Sargis have established a Scholarship, honoring three Hospitalists who work at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain General Campus: Madura Saravanan, M.D., Rupal Panchal, M.D., and Ram Illindala, M.D., to be awarded to a high school or college student displaying exceptional academic promise and potential.  The recipient will be a role model for his/her peers and embody the spirit of the medical profession; an inquisitive mind; a commitment to cure regardless of the challenge; and a bedside manner that captures the respect and attention of his/her patients.

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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 style costume jewelry
  • Watches
  • Earrings-including Silver Forest
  • Bracelets
  • Necklaces
  • Alex and Ani (New Britain and the Cancer Institute)

Gifts

  • Willow Tree
  • Stuffed animals, toys, dolls
  • Wall and table accent items
  • Baby gifts
  • Books - signed by local authors
  • Reading & magnifying glasses

Accessories

  • Scarves, hats, mittens & gloves
  • Jackets & vests (seasonal)
  • Skirts & shirts
  • Slippers
  • Handbags

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

Save the Date!

The Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain Campus
Auxiliary Golf Tournament
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Tunxis Country Club, Farmington.


Golf Tournament: June 2, 2021

The Hospital of Central Connecticut Auxiliary at New Britain General wishes to thank all of the sponsors who supported our 30th Anniversary Golf Tournament held on June 2, 2021, at Tunxis Country Club. Proceeds from this event funded the purchase of an additional ultrasound system for the New Britain General Campus Catheterization Lab.

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor:
MRI of New Britain

Diamond Sponsors:
Constitution Surgery Alliance
MBH Architecture, LLC
Tomasso Group

Gold Sponsors: 
BSC Services, LLC.
CFM Construction Corporation
Compass One Healthcare
Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute
Healogics
Starling Physicians

Golfer’s Gift Sponsor:
Northeast Emergency Medicine Specialists, LLC

Cart & Lunch Sponsor:
MidState Radiology Associates

Silver Sponsor:
Connecticut GI

Hole-In-One Sponsor:
New Britain Herald

Goodie Bag Sponsor:
Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

Longest Drive Sponsor:
Creative Office Interiors, LLC

Closest to the Pin Sponsors:
Connecticut Ear, Nose and Throat Associates
Kevin Watson, M.D.

Flag Sponsors:
Connecticut Ear, Nose & Throat Associates
Link Mechanical Services, LLC
The Napoletano Family

Tee Sponsors:
Connecticut Ear, Nose & Throat Associates
EMCOR Services New England Mechanical
Kozak & Salina LLC
Network Interiors, Inc.

Supporting Eagle Sponsors:
Community Foundation of Greater New Britain
Creative Office Interiors, LLC


Chrysanthemum Ball and Mumtini Mixer

History of the Chrysanthemum Ball
In 1904, the first Chrysanthemum Ball was held and was called “The Promenade Concert and Charity Ball”, held at Hanna’s Armory on Arch Street. It was decided that the event should become a regular event, with the location changing from Hanna’s Armory to the Statler Hilton Ballroom to Shuttle Meadow Country Club to the Aqua Turf in Southington, where it is currently still being held. Major celebrations, including the 75th (1973) and 100th (1999) anniversary years, showcased elaborate themes and decorations. This event has been held so that the hospital community could come together for an evening of camaraderie and a festive evening of celebration.

In 2001, this event transitioned to also become a signature annual fundraiser for the Auxiliary. The donation for attendance was increased, and corporate sponsorships were solicited to raise funds that could be returned to the hospital. That is the purpose of this event to this day.

The Creation of the Mumtini Mixer
The Auxiliary at New Britain General made the decision to transition to a more casual event, named the Mumtini Mixer. This first event was scheduled to be held in November of 2021, but due to COVID considerations, it has been postponed until November of 2023. The hope in changing the format of this event is to attract a broader base of attendees. We will offer a lower ticket price, cocktail attire, food stations, and a disc jockey.

Save the New Date!

The Hospital of Central Connecticut together with The Auxiliary at New Britain General present

Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023

Aqua Turf Club
556 Mulberry Street • Plantsville, Connecticut
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Cocktail Attire
Tickets: $150 per guest

While we are disappointed that we will not be gathering this year, the health and safety of our guests remain our first priority.

We are looking forward to seeing you in 2023!

Questions?
Contact the Auxiliary at New Britain General: 860.224.5502

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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