The Hospital for Special Care Auxiliary, an integral aspect of our hospital, reflects a rich tradition of caring for our patients. While most costs for medical care are reimbursed by third party payers, HSC’s clinicians are able to provide special care to patients thanks to the generous support of the Auxiliary.
New Britain Memorial Hospital (NBMH) had already come to rely on the work of volunteers, when in 1952, Dorothy Vance, a hospital board member organized the women volunteering at Memorial into an Auxiliary. To raise money to support hospital programs, the Auxiliary opened the NBMH Thrift Shop in downtown New Britain the next year. Nearly 60 years later, by offering gently used clothing and housewares for sale, the Special Care Corner Thrift Shop  continues to fund HSC patient programs.
In 1987, volunteer Peg Denuzze organized, opened, and managed "The Little Store " gift shop at the hospital. Since its inception, the shop has been fully managed and staffed by our dedicated Auxiliary volunteers. Proceeds from shop sales---about $100,000 annually, fund a variety of patient activities and hospital programs. The Little Store serves to meet the shopping needs of visitors, patients, employees. In addition to offering the expected cards, snacks, periodicals, and all things chocolate, shoppers in the greater New Britain area know our charming boutique as a place to find gifts for adults and children, and unique jewelry and accessories.
Other fund-raising projects sponsored by the HSC Auxiliary include:
Over the years, the Auxiliary has helped HSC and its patients in many, many ways. Just a few of the highlights of their support:
You are invited to join the more than two hundred members of the HSC Auxilary and show your support for the mission of Hospital for Special Care. Memberships start at $10 per year. Lifetime membership is $100. For information on membership, please call 860.827.1958, extension 5062.