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Years of Fundraising…
Years of Volunteering…
Years of Educating…
Years of CARING

The Auxiliary is a volunteer non-profit organization of the Jewish General Hospital, committed to fundraising and to initiating programs, special endeavours and to enhance the quality of care and effectiveness of hospital services.

Sarah Hutman


Renna Bassal


Nancy Rubin


Our History

Pride in Our Past

In November 1916, The Hebrew Maternity Hospital, a forerunner of the Jewish General Hospital, opened in a house in the neighbourhood east of Mount Royal. In 1936, just two years after the opening of the Jewish General Hospital, more than 300 women formed the Women’s Auxiliary aiming at providing financial aid to the hospital as well as being a goodwill instrument and liaison between hospital and community.

Services and Programs

Helping Heart Pillows

Given to post cardiac surgery patients during their recovery, to ICU patients and to the palliative care unit.

Mobile Food Cart

Selling refreshments to clinics and waiting rooms throughout the JGH.

Mobile Book Cart

Given to patients on the floors

Breast Pump Rentals

Rental of breastfeeding equipment

Ante Partum (Moms-in-waiting) Program

Retired caseroom nurse and volunteers do arts and crafts with high risk pregnant women spending anywhere from 2 days to 2 months prior to childbirth, usually confined to bedrest.

Perinatal Loss Program

A significant number of women every year experience losing a baby as a result of a miscarriage, stillbirth, therapeutic termination or a neonatal death.

The JGH healthcare team strives to provide care and resources to patients dealing with this situation through improved educational materials, training and comfort care packages.

The Auxiliary has stepped up to provide necklaces with engraved baby footprints and will involve themselves for other requirements as this program progresses.

Therapeutic Dr. Clown Program

Ha-Ha moments improve quality of life for patients….

Thanks to the longstanding support of The Auxiliary, once a week two Clowns roam the JGH corridors and patients rooms, eliciting smiles and laughter. The Clowns, with their red noses and playful approach, provide welcome respite from the stress of hospitalization – their goal is to lift patients spirits.

Hospital Elder Life Program

Support for this trained volunteer-based program designed to improve geriatric delirium and functional decline during hospitalization

Infant and Child CPR and First Aid Courses


Childbirth Education Courses

Hospital Opportunity Program for Students

In conjunction with the EMSB, providing Secondary V students an opportunity to experience a career in healthcare by shadowing various medical professionals for a 12 week rotation

Philips Lifeline

The most widely adopted and proven fall detection system in Canada.

Jewish General Hospital Lifeline

Coffee Shops

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

We have benefited:

  • Geriatrics Dept. – with our partnership with Philips Lifeline Personal Responder Service, we are able to purchase specialized beds and chairs, and also funded the JGH Memory Clinic
  • Hemodialysis Unit
  • Life-sustaining equipment for NICU
  • Da Vinci Robotic Arm Surgery Simulator
  • Gastroenterology Dept.
  • OB/GYN Women’s Care Centre
  • Otolaryngology Dept. – Rhinology & Skull Base Surgery
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Child Development & Mental Health Centre
  • Radiology Dept.
  • Psychiatry Dept.