The University of Virginia Hospital Auxiliary is comprised of volunteers and non-volunteers who have been united since 1908. They share the common goal of providing aid and comfort to patients and their families through volunteer service or fund-raising that directly benefits patients and their families.
Being a volunteer means you are automatically a member of the Auxiliary.
History of Support and Funding
In 1908, the UVA Hospital Circle of the Kings' Daughters debuted. They cared for patients by visiting with them, making clothing for them and serving delicacies.
In the 1920's, the Hospital Circle provided money to fund the first full time Social Worker.
In the 1940's, the Hospital Circle created the Outpatient Department Canteen
In the 1960's, the name changed to Women's Auxiliary of the University Hospital and they established the Family Lounge and began making Pinkie the Puppet.
During the 1980's, the Alex Sawyer Hospitality House was created to provide affordable lodging for patients' families. The Health Resource Center opened to provide free consumer health information to community members, patients and their families.
In the 21st century, the Auxiliary pledged $100,000 to fund the new Hospital Auxiliary Hospitality House on 14th Street which increased it's size from 35 beds to 62 beds.
April 2011 was the grand opening of Flourish, a Positive Image Boutique, housed in the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center. Flourish provides hard-to-find items for men and women receiving cancer therapy. It has additional accessories, i.e. jewelry, hats, scarves, books for patients, their families, staff and volunteers to purchase.