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Allegheny General Hospital Auxiliary Surpasses $6 Million in Funds Raised

Monday, October 9, 2017

For more than a century, the Auxiliary has supported the hospital and its many leading programs and services.

PITTSBURGH – When Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), part of Allegheny Health Network (AHN), first opened its doors in 1885, the AGH Auxiliary – then called the Ladies’ Society – worked tirelessly to raise funds for supplies and equipment, and even helped to admit AGH’s first patients. More than a century later, the Auxiliary has raised more than $6 million in support of AGH and its nationally recognized medical programs.  

To help the hospital achieve its goals, the Auxiliary raises funds via craft and food bazaars; book, clothing and jewelry sales; the “Grand Grounds” coffee cart proceeds; gift shop sales; and other fundraising events.

Most recently, the Auxiliary made a $15,000 donation to Family House to help reduce the cost of stay for families whose loves ones are being cared for at AGH. Family House provides an affordable “home away from home” for patients and their families who are receiving medical treatment at Pittsburgh-area hospitals.

The Auxiliary also recently donated $10,000 to the “Stop the Bleed” program in the Division of Trauma Surgery. A nationwide initiative led by the American College of Surgeons Committee, “Stop the Bleed” is intended to save lives by teaching the civilian population to provide vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. The Auxiliary’s donation supports the purchase of 28 “Bleeding Control” kits to be placed near AED defibrillators located throughout the hospital. The kits contain all of the components necessary to treat and control minor to traumatic bleeding.

Some of the most notable donations by the AGH Auxiliary in recent years include a gift which enabled the development of the Department of Neurology’s state-of-the-art epilepsy monitoring unit, featuring advanced Video EEG technology; as well as a gift to initiate AGH’s innovative cardiovascular brachytherapy program which involves the use of radiation to prevent artery cell growth that leads to repeat blockages in arteries treated with implanted coronary stents.

“After more than 130 years, the Auxiliary is proud to continue to support one of the country’s premier healthcare institutions. We look forward to many more years of giving for the benefit of AGH, its world-class caregivers and, most importantly, its patients,” said Susan Liebert, AGH Auxiliary president.  

The Auxiliary continues to look for caring, energetic members who will keep the organization’s mission alive. To inquire about joining, call 412.359.4277.