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. 

Click here for a list of Auxiliary fundraising events.

Making an Impact

Students with 2018-19 Auxiliary Officers

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, home-like furnishings for the hospital's two hospice rooms in McCandless, and ergonomic wheelchairs for the Emergency Department at Cranberry.

Lights of Love Tree

The annual Lights of Love Tree is will be lit at UPMC Passavant on November 30, 2018. The tree lighting program 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. Doves of Love are also available 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 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

2018-19 Auxiliary

OfficersAuxiliary Ice ScrapersFamily Room Dedication

Jean Muth, President
Mary Riethmiller, Vice President
Jean Eckert, Treasurer
Janese Abbott, Secretary


Beverly Aufman
Sue Anderson
Betty Berkely
Eileen Black
Carol Braund
Virginia Byers
Joann Dehring 
Barbara Drzal
Tammy Emery
Ann Guckert
Janet Heidet
Rita Jastrebski
Carol Koontz
Pat Kutcher
Judy Machi
Marge Melgaard
Louise Moffett
Thelma Sherrett

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