Gala Chair Kathy Grunigen congratulates the 2009 Caregiver of the Year, Eileen Madeiros, RN, during the 2009 Gala.
The Auxiliary to Windham Hospital, established in 1933, has played an integral part in daily activities at the Hospital. For nearly 80 years, its members have fostered good will in the community, sponsored fund-raising events throughout the year, and volunteered in the Coffee and Gift Shops, and served the Hospital in countless ways. Multiple Auxilians have celebrated 50 years of service to Windham Hospital.
Recent projects have included assisting with the renovations in the Greer Unit, the family waiting room on the 4th floor, and the radiology dressing room, the provision of recycling bins for the Hospital, and the purchase of an infant scale in OB and a blanket warmer in CCU. Funds for these important enhancements were garnered through the annual Wine & Spirits Tasting, Recognition Tea, Autumn Gala, Holiday Bazaar, and special vendor sales, as well as receipts from the Coffee and Gift Shops. Additionally, the Auxiliary purchases fabric for the Red Blanket Initiative (a program identifying patients at risk for falls), provides magazine subscriptions for waiting rooms throughout the Hospital, sponsors the breakfast for Go Red for Women, and supports other Hospital initiatives. One very successful program funded by the Auxiliary is the Annual Student Scholarship--each year, the Auxiliary awards $1000 scholarships to two local students embarking on careers in healthcare.
The Annual Autumn Gala is the highlight of the Auxiliary year; it is a very special event held at the Hartford Marriott Downtown, and honors a Physician of the Year, a Caregiver of the Year, and Philanthropist of the Year.
For more information, or to become a member of the Auxiliary, contact Rebecca Putnam at the Hospital (860.456.6700).
2013 Meeting dates:
April 29 (Annual Meeting)
All meetings begin at 5 PM in the Education Center at the Hospital.