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Our Committees and Programs

The Auxiliary plays a vital role in helping Yale New Haven Hospital better serve our patients, support our community and fulfill the hospital’s mission. We sponsor programs that touch almost every patient. Our committees perform important work that helps improve life within the hospital and throughout the community. We’re continually looking for new ideas and ways to serve, and welcome your ideas, support and contribution.


Atrium Gift Shop

The Atrium Gift Shop is filled with gifts, flowers and good wishes. Committee members are welcome to volunteer. There are many different jobs available, all under the guidance of a professional manager.

Yale New Haven Hospital York Street Campus - First Floor Atrium Lobby

Monday – Friday 6 am to 9 pm 
Saturday – Sunday 7:30 am to 9 pm

Hymie Glick 

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Cultural Arts Committee

Van Grow  
Calling all Van Grows. Cultivate a garden, create artistic features or share ideas using the power of nature and art to transform community spaces into healing environments that support health and well-being. Become as involved as you would like and work with an inspiring group of people.

Chair: Liz Vellali 

Art Corridor
The Art Corridor at Yale New Haven Hospital’s Saint Raphael Campus is an incredible compilation of local artistry on display. Our committee members organize it all, from working with artists and visiting art exhibits to securing prospective exhibitors and assisting with hanging of the artwork display. If you have a knack and an appreciation for the arts, we invite you to join this exciting initiative alongside our dedicated group of volunteers.

Chair: Vanessa Rose 

Notes at Noon
Tune in to hear live music during lunchtime in the Hunter Courtyard featuring local musicians. Combining different genres of music -- jazz, blues,classical, rock and more -- with our international outdoor food court in an open venue for patients, families, visitors and staff. As a member of the Notes at Noon committee, everyone will applaud your efforts. You'll help coordinate the event and handle the logistics working with local musicians. This popular concert series is one of the summer's highlights.

Co-Chairs: Vanessa Rose and Liz Vellali

Tree Lighting
The annual tree lighting has filled the hospital with the warmth and spirit of the holiday since 1986. If you’d like to participate, we’re eager to have as many helpers as we can.

Chair:  Liz Vellali 

Glass Door Gift Shop

Whether you'd like to pick up a last-minute "get well" gift or want to send a congratulatory "It's a Boy" balloon to a new Mom, the Glass Door Gift Shop has what you need. Committee members are welcome to volunteer. There are many different jobs available, all under the guidance of a professional manager

Saint Raphael Campus – Off Main Lobby Near Entrance

Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 7:30 pm 
Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm 
and Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm

Chair: Janet Crean

Looking Forward Program

The Looking Forward Program, which is part of the Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary, directly funds services that help cancer patients cope with the many issues related to their treatment. Through the Integrative Medicine Department, patients are supported during their treatment with programs including energy balancing, yoga, massage therapy, guided imagery, medical Pilates, holistic nutrition and emotional support services. Donations to Looking Forward continue to support these and other important services for patients at Smilow Cancer Hospital.


As a member of this committee you will help recruit new members, plan membership events and rally member participation and spirit. The range of activities allows you to participate at your convenience and as your schedule allows. Additional benefits of membership include an invitation to the Auxiliary's annual dinner, a subscription to the Auxiliary newsletter and invitations to special events throughout the year.

Project Grants

Funds received by the Auxiliary allow us to provide grants to Yale New Haven Hospital departments for initiatives that support patient care but are not included in the Hospital’s budget. Project Grants Committee members help solicit, receive and evaluate grant proposals. On average, grants totaling nearly $115,000 were made by the Auxiliary to a variety of areas throughout the Hospital each year. These funds were generated by a number of sources including fundraising activities and proceeds from the gift shops and Toy Closet Golf Outing.

Chair: Linda Granito 



Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary offers a number of $2,500 scholarships to area students who are planning to pursue a career in a health-related profession. Scholarship Committee members review the applications received and select who will receive the funds.

Chair: Stephanie Kollet

Strategic Planning

The goal of this committee is to help set the course for the Auxiliary. It evaluates future opportunities, makes revisions to by-laws, and provides direction to help the Auxiliary better serve patients and families.

Chair: TBD


Toy Closet

The Toy Closet Program provides new toys to pediatric inpatients at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital and Emergency Department patients and outpatients at various care sites. The committee helps coordinate and manage this highly successful program.

Chair: Diane Petra

Co-Chair: Hymie Glick

Emerita Chair: Marjan Wackers

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