Hartford Hospital Auxiliary

This is not your grandmother’s Auxiliary! Our board of directors, elected officers and members come from all walks of life – full time working women, stay at home moms, retired executives, young professionals, hospital employees, long time residents and  people new to the area. We have one goal in mind - to make a difference in the community by supporting the values of Caring, Safety, Excellence and Integrity at Hartford Hospital.We have accomplished a lot over the years! Through fundraising events we support special projects and provide gifts to the Hartford Hospital community totaling several hundred thousand dollars each year. If you want to make a difference come check us out!


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 2014 - 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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From the Co-Presidents

Kate D'Addabbo

Kate D'Addabbo

Virginia Van Dyk

Virginia Van Dyk

Dear Auxilians,

We are coming to the end of another exciting year of Board activities. On behalf of the Auxiliary Board, we are happy to report our news of the past year.

Our 2014-2015 season started with yet another record-breaking golf tournament, as befitted the tournament's 25th Anniversary! We donated $150,000 to our beneficiary, the Women's Health Services Department, including the Maternity & Infant observation Unit. We have also truly begun to reap the benefits of our new partnership with Faber International at the Auxiliary Store. In addition to our Golf Tournament proceeds and earnings from our partnership with Au Bon Pain, the increased store revenue allowed us to fund more than $225,000 in Fall projects, setting another record.

Another highlight of the year was our pledge of $2 million to the lead phase of the Hartford Hospital Capital Campaign. We are thrilled to be one of the early supporters of the multiphase master facilities plan, anchored by the Bone & Joint Institute.

Once again, we celebrated a promotion of one of our biggest supporters - and favorite people - as Bimal Patel was promoted to the new position of Vice president for Operational Integration for Hartford HealthCare. We continue to benefit from his guidance, as well as from the leadership of Stuart Markowitz, MD, President, Hartford Hospital and Hartford Region and Senior Vice president, Hartford HealthCare. And we continue to marvel at the world-class care that Hartford Hospital provides to our region. It is a privilege to serve such an amazing organization.

We wish you all a happy and healthy year! Please remember that each and every purchase you make at the Auxiliary Gift Shop and Au Bon Pain Cafe directly benefits the Auxiliary's budget for Good Works for Hartford Hospital. We truly appreciate your continued support.


Kate D'Addabbo & Virginia Van Dyk
Hartford Hospital Auxiliary Co-Presidents

Changing of the Guard

Linda Atkins

Linda Atkins

Nominated for election at the 2015 Hartford Hospital Auxiliary annual meeting, Linda Atkins will join continuing Co-President Kate D'Addabbo as the Co-President of the Auxiliary.

Linda joined the Hartford Hospital Auxiliary tn 201'2, serving on the Executive Board for the last 2 years as Treasurer. Prior to that, Linda served on the Executive Board as Assistant Treasurer. Linda worked in the financial services industry in New York City for over 20 years. She began her career as an actuary working for KPMG Financial Services Consulting and Swiss Re. In 1996 she transitioned into banking where she worked for J.P. Morgan and Royal Bank of Canada in fixed income derivatives. Linda is an associate of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Linda resides in West Hartford, CT and Weekapaug, RI with her husband David Barry and their two daughters ages 11 and 7. She is currently a Trustee of the Weekapaug Foundation for Conservation and coaches her daughters' field hockey and lacrosse teams in West Hartford. Linda is looking forward to serving as Co-President of the Auxiliary.

Membership News

Auxiliary Membership continues to stay strong thanks to the support of Annual Renewal and life time membership. Over half of our membership consists of lifetime members!

In February, we held a membership drive at the Auxiliary store. This was our opportunity to showcase the Auxiliary and answer any questions regarding our mission, programs and fundraising efforts. We added 40 new members at the drive this year, mostly Hartford Hospital employees.

Your membership counts! In addition to membership dues and funds raised from other Auxiliary programs and events, proceeds from store merchandise sales continue to benefit the Auxiliary, and Auxiliary members are entitled to a 10% discount on their purchases. In the future, members will have the choice to renew online via the Auxiliary website.

We appreciate your ongoing support, which allows us to DO GOOD WORKS for Hartford Hospital.

Officers (2015-16)

Co-Presidents: Kate D’Addabbo and Virginia Van Dyk
VP Projects: Jennifer Wedeles
Recording Secretary: Amy Droppo
Corresponding Secretary: Christina Rossi
Treasurer: Shelley Dodd
Assistant Treasurer: Allison Keating
VP Public Relations: Amy Steinberg
Golf Tournament Liaison and Ex-Officio: Lori Flaks
Immediate Past President & Nominating: Virginia Van Dyk

Committee Chairpersons (2015-16)

Annual Meeting: Hilary Allen, Patti Maciag
Archivist: Erin Healer
Bulletin: Kim Conrad
Employee Holiday Party: Kathy Herzog
Golf Tournament Chairs: Lori Flaks, Amy Steinberg
Golf Tournament Volunteer Coordinators: Karen Hagberg, Kim Himmelfarb
Golf Tournament Raffle: Virginia Van Dyk, Kimberly Conrad
Hospital Liaison: Susanne Yeakel, Jennifer Hemingway, Erin Healer
Membership: Karen Sack, Shannon McHale
Plant Sale: Yvonne Flynn, Kate Flanders 
Read to Grow: Ginger Gillespie, Cornelia Hull
Rx for Fun Annual Event: Marri Fairbanks, Christine Collins, Gretchen Holmes
Scholarship Fund: Val Sorensen, Falguni Patel
Web Site: Elisabeth de’Ath

Members Ex-Officio:

Stuart Markowitz, MD
President, Hartford Hospital
Senior Vice President Hartford HealthCare

Bimal Patel
Senior Vice President Operational Integration
Hartford Healthcare

Join Us

Hospital Employee:
Hospital Volunteers $10
Seniors (65+): $10
General Member: $25
Patron: $50
Benefactor: $100
Life Member:

Checks made to the order of Hartford Hospital Auxiliary, should be sent to:

Hartford Hospital Auxiliary
80 Seymour Street
P.O. Box 5037
Hartford, CT 06102-5037
ATTN: Membership


Contact the Auxiliary

General Inquiries: HHAuxilliary@gmail.com