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

  • Disseminated Christmas poinsettias to all in-house patients at New Britain General.
  • Donated over 100 sets of newborn pajamas to the hospital’s NICU.
  • In recognition of 2022 National Nurses Week, the Auxiliary funded the purchase of 870 large canvas tote bags for all nurses at the New Britain General Campus and The Cancer Institute.
  • Donated over 1,000 boxed lunches to all hospital staff to recognize the crucial work of our frontline colleagues during the pandemic.
  • Donated $25,000 to the HOCC COVID-19 Fund.
  • Donated $1 million to the Hartford Healthcare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut.

  • Auxiliary partnered with the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain to provide pizza to the entire staff at the New Britain General Campus to support their efforts.
  • Partnered with St. Mary’s Ukrainian Church in New Britain to support MAIDAN UNITED, an organization which provides medical supplies to the people of the Ukraine.
  • Donated to the hospital’s Department of Education to assist nurses seeking professional and advanced certification or recertification.

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):

  • Monies for purchase of 55 Staxi Medical Transport Chairs ($103,000) for the New Britain General Campus and the Cancer Institute.
  • Monies for purchase of 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 that 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
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

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 Scholorship Program (for students residing in Berlin, Kensington, New Britain, Newington, Plainville or Southington)

In the Spring of 2022, the Auxiliary awarded the following five $1,000 scholarships to area students:

HOCC Auxiliary at New Britain General Scholarship
This scholarship, funded by the Auxiliary, was available to high school or college students
attending an accredited college or university and pursuing an education in the Allied Health field. This year’s recipient was Samyuktha Thotta.

Joan Barton Scholarship
This scholarship was available to high school seniors who will be attending an accredited college or university and pursuing an education in the mental health/social work field. This year’s recipient was Paige Zajack.

Kathleen E. Boudreau Scholarship
This scholarship was available to high school seniors who will be attending an accredited college or university and pursuing a career in nursing. This year’s recipient was Laura Martin.

Julia L. LaGasse Scholarhship
This scholarship was for high school seniors who will be attending an accredited college or university and pursuing an education in the Allied Health field. This year’s recipient was Taliah Green.

Clifford and Margaret Sargis Scholarship
This scholarship was for high school seniors or college students attending an accredited college or university and pursuing a career in the field of medicine. This year’s recipient was Xavier Bryant.

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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

Save the Date: 32nd Annual Auxiliary Golf Tournament, Wednesday, June 7, 2023


Golf Tournament: June 1, 2022

The Hospital of Central Connecticut Auxiliary at New Britain General wishes to thank all of the sponsors who supported our 31st Anniversary Golf Tournament held on June 1, 2022, at Tunxis Country Club. Proceeds from this event helped to fund the purchase of two defibrillators and two blanket warmers for the C-1 Unit renovations.

Thank you to our 2022 sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor:
Midstate Radiology Associates LLC

Titanium Sponsor:
Tomasso Group

Diamond Sponsor:
Constitution Surgery Alliance

Gold Sponsors:
BSC Services
CFM Construction Corporation
Compass One Healthcare
MBH Architecture
Northeast Emergency Medicine Specialists
Starling Physicians

Cocktail Reception & Entertainment Sponsor:
Midstate Radiology Associates LLC

Cart & Lunch Sponsor:
Interpreters and Translators, Inc.

Silver Sponsor:
Connecticut GI
The New Britain Herald

Hole-In-One Sponsor:
Schaller Auto World

Goodie Bag Sponsor:
Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

Flag Sponsors:
Connecticut Ear, Nose & Throat Associates
Obedzinski Family Fund:  DFGNB

Tee Sponsors:
Compass One Healthcare
EMCOR Services New England Mechanical
Environmental Services Group
Network Interiors, Inc.
Dr. Kevin Watson

Supporting Sponsors:
Dr. Letterio Asciuto
Creative Office Interiors, LLC
Jasko Development
Larry Tanner


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 decided 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 of 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 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