History of Auxiliary

Since 1953, the Auxiliary has contributed over $5 million to support the hospital and its programs. Our committees offer assistance, support and education in a variety of ways to continually support the hospital’s needs and community outreach efforts. We invite you to explore our history and learn more about the impact of the Auxiliary over the years.

1952

Dr. Albert Snoke establishes a formal Women's Auxiliary of Grance-New Haven Community Hospital at the request of the Board of Directors.

1953

Opens Carryall Coffee and Gift Shop, forerunner of today's Atrium Gift Shop, as the Auxiliary's first major fundraising venture.

1962

Pledges $90,000 toward the construction of the Dana Clinic Building entrance.

1964

Gains a seat on the Hospital's Board of Trustees.

1967

Helps establish the Child Life Program at YNHH. Pledges $80,000 to renovate Pediatric Unit.

1970

Funds DART (Detection, Assessment, Referral and Treatment) program for abused children.

1976

Introduces "Jamie Goes to the Hospital" program for school children to help lessen fear associated with going to the hospital.

1982

Introduces Notes at Noon summer concert series.

1984

Completes $250,000 pledge toward the construction of the South Pavilion.

1991

Pledges $500,000 toward the construction of the Children's Hospital at Yale New Haven.

1993

Dedicates the Atrium, after donating $500,000 towards its construction.

Creates the Toy Closet Program proposed by Channel 8 anchor Ann Nyberg.

1994

Establishes the Project Grants Committee to support special needs and projects for hospital departments.

Joins with hospital staff to start the Toy Closet Golf Outing.

1995

Initiates health education lectures by noted YNHH health professionals.

Partners with area garden clubs to maintain the pediatric gardens.

1996

Commits $66,000 to create a hospital archive.

Donates $140,000 to purchase a mammography van for YNHH.

2002

Celebrates its 50th anniversary and pledges $250,000 for the Yale New Haven Breast Center.

2004

Pledges $100,000 for the playroom in the Childrens' Hospital.

2005

Establishes two scholarships for the Southern Connecticut Black Nurses Association.

2007

Donates $100,000 for the digital mammography van.

2008

Establishes a Toy Closet Program at the Yale New Haven Shoreline Medical Center.

2009

Completes its $500,000 pledge to Smilow Cancer Hospital.

2010

Renovation of the Atrium Gift Shop.

2011

Presents An Evening of Cabaret and contributes $30,250 to the Aortic Institute at Yale New Haven Hospital and the Yale School of Medicine.

2013

Toy Closet Program celebrates its 20th anniversary.

2014

The Auxiliaries of Yale New Haven Hospital and Hospital of Saint Raphael are combined.

2015

Pledges $1 million towards Center for Musculoskeletal Care and YNHCH's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.