Passavant Hospital Auxiliary

Men and women are invited to join a long-standing dedicated group of volunteers who make up the Passavant Hospital Auxiliary. The Auxiliary conducts many fundraising events that benefit the patients, families and staff of UPMC Passavant. Jewelry sales, cookie sales, a book sale and the Lights of Love tree are just a few of the Auxiliary's projects.

Making an Impact

2015 College Scholarship Awardees

Over the years the Auxiliary has raised and donated over $4,000,000, helping to make our facility the world-class hospital it is today. The Auxiliary funds projects large and small that benefit patients, their families, and those who care for them.

Recently the Auxiliary funded a handheld
echo/ultrasound machine for quick diagnosis at bedside in an emergency situation. “It has dramatically improved the speed and accuracy of our assessment in patients that are acutely short of breath or those with low blood pressure,” said pulmonologist Dr. Thomas Rice. “The ability to rapidly image the heart and lungs at the bedside to not only diagnose but also guide therapeutic interventions improves patient care and will ultimately lead to lower health costs as less further diagnostic testing will be required.”

Annually the Auxiliary funds college scholarships for outstanding hospital volunteers.

Other recent Auxiliary projects include a lactation room for nursing mothers, a gynecological stretcher for the Cranberry campus, and home-like furnishings for the hospital's two hospice rooms in McCandless. Four auxiliary projects in 2016 totaled $101,242.

Lights of Love Tree

The annual Lights of Love Tree is lit at UPMC Passavant in December. The lighting features music and  a visit from Santa! A donation of $5 or more will place a light on the tree in memory or honor of someone special. NEW THIS YEAR: Doves of Love for a donation of $10 or more. The name(s) are also placed in a Book of Honor displayed in the lobby. Download the Lights of Love Brochure to dedicate your lights and doves.

Check the events Calendar to see all the 2017 Auxiliary Fundraising events. 
New members are always welcome. If you have questions or are interested in joining the Passavant Hospital Auxiliary please contact Alice Burke at 412-748-6640 or

2017-18 Auxiliary

OfficersAuxiliary Ice ScrapersFamily Room Dedication

Janet Heidet, President
Carol Koontz, Vice President
Thelma Sherrett, Secretary
Jean Eckert, Treasurer


Janese Abbott
Beverly Aufman
Sue Anderson
Betty Berkely
Eileen Black
Carol Braund
Virginia Byers
Joann Dehring 
Barbara Drzal
Tammy Emery
Ann Guckert
Rita Jastrebski
Pat Kutcher
Judy Machi
Marge Melgaard
Louise Moffett
Jean Muth
Mary Riethmiller

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