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The Auxiliary of St. Margaret Foundation consists of Active and Associate members and four Officers – president, president-elect, recording and corresponding secretary, and treasurer. Committees include the Executive Committee, Chapel Committee, Fundraising Committee, Nominating Committee, Program/Education Committee, and Bylaws Committee. Regular monthly meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month (except in July and August). An annual meeting is held in June.

2016-2017 Auxiliary

Iris Douglas, President
Carol Kist, President-Elect
B.J. Franks, Secretary
Ann Thomas, Treasurer

Active Members

Jean Bartsch 
Day Boyd
Claudia Brazet
Sylvia Budhram
Mary Grace Desiderio
Nan Dotts
Emilie Freese
Arlene Gordon
Beth Hardie
Gail Kephart
Winifred Kramer
Shirley Lewellen
Nancy Malley
Mildred McGough
Jean Pascarella
Sandra Ritchey
Mary Jo Romano
Sheila Schmutz
Patricia Severance
Katherine Vidakovich
Patricia Yunker

Associate Member
Susanne Knapp

Interested in Joining the Auxiliary?
Please consider joining this dedicated group of volunteers! Interested individuals should contact Iris Douglas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 814-720-2868.


Today's Auxiliary

Now known as the Auxiliary of St. Margaret Foundation, its main focus is on helping underprivileged patients of the hospital's family health centers, located in deprived areas of Lawrenceville, Bloomfield-Garfield, and New Kensington, as well as continuing to maintain the hospital's Chapel.

Proceeds of the Auxiliary's ongoing fundraising events help provide much-needed items to health center patients, such as hosting a hat, glove, and scarf drive for children during the cold winter months; financial assistance to the FitWits program which is designed to educate children who are obese and their parents to ensure a healthy future; providing books for pediatric patients and their siblings to encourage the wonder of reading; and other areas and programs where there is an identified need.

For more than a century, the Chapel in St. Margaret Hospital has been maintained by the Auxiliary of St. Margaret Foundation. The Chapel is an integral part of the hospital, and many members of the hospital staff begin and end their day with prayer in the serenity of the Chapel's beautiful walls. It also offers an area of tranquility for patients, their families, volunteers, and many others who visit the hospital. Monthly non-denominational services, holiday services, and memorial services are routinely held in the Chapel.

In 2015, the Auxiliary of St. Margaret Foundation made an appeal for its newly created Chapel Fund. A letter was mailed to a small group of individuals considered to have deep roots to the Chapel, the Auxiliary, or the hospital, seeking financial support to ensure that the Chapel's vital place at the heart of the hospital continues for many years to come. An overwhelming response was received, and nearly $4,000 was donated to help support the Chapel with expenses such as an annual honorarium for the Chaplain; payment to the organist for monthly worship services; supplies, such as candles, seasonal altar flowers, prayer books and hymnals; and track rack publications. The Chapel Fund also provides monies for the maintenance and repair costs of the Chapel's organ.

In 2011, the Auxiliary donated $150,000 to jumpstart the drive to build the Neil Y. Van Horn Pavilion at the hospital. The Pavilion was designed to provide a calm escape where one can relax, regroup, and access information. More recently, the Auxiliary donated $50,000 toward renovation costs of the Lawrenceville Family Health Center.

A Bit of History

In 1911, a group of volunteers, then known as the Women's Auxiliary Board, began to endow St. Margaret Memorial Hospital (now UPMC St. Margaret) with its warm and personal character. Members of the Women's Auxiliary Board acted as the eyes and ears within the hospital's walls. They were capable, hardworking women who gave generously of their time for those less fortunate than themselves.

In addition to ensuring the well-being of the less fortunate, the Auxiliary turned its attention to the heart of the hospital, the Chapel, in the early 1950s. With the help of the Auxiliary, the Chapel was repainted and reopened in 1955 after a short-term closure, with a new altarpiece and a rebuilt 1200-pipe organ. From 1911 to today, the Auxiliary has supported St. Margaret Hospital and made it a uniquely hospitable place.


Opiod Grant

Grant Provides Hope with New
Opioid Use Disorder Program in New Kensington

Pittsburgh, PA, January 9, 2017 – St. Margaret Foundation is pleased to announce it has received a $240,000 grant from Staunton Farm Foundation for a pivotal new program - Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder at the New Kensington Family Health Center. This program is unique in that it utilizes an integrated multi-disciplinary team approach, combining medication to reduce urges and withdrawal symptoms with onsite behavioral therapeutic interventions that include recovery-based counseling, care management, and group support directly in the primary care setting. The Family Health Center's collaborative treatment team includes physicians working with clinical social workers, pharmacists and case managers on-site to select and engage patients to provide comprehensive onsite care.

"Successfully engaging patients with opioid use disorders to remain in treatment and become functional again is a tremendous challenge, and requires a team of motivated clinicians working together to provide medical and behavioral health support, said Dr. Jonathan Han, medical director at UPMC St. Margaret Family Health Center. "Thanks to Staunton Farm Foundation, who has provided the financial foundation to our integrated behavioral health program for many years, we are confident that we can meet that challenge. Our team of social workers, psychiatrist and pharmacists, working in close collaboration with family physicians and nursing staff, have the experience and dedication to improve the care of patients with OUD's, and to train future family doctors to provide this care in the communities they serve."

The epidemic of overdose deaths continues to rise nationwide, and patients in our communities experience the tragic morbidity and mortality on a daily basis. Their families suffer tremendously as well. The Centers for Disease Control advocates a three-pronged approach to this epidemic. Until now, UPMC St. Margaret New Kensington Family Health Center had implemented the first two approaches -- reducing opioid prescribing practices and expanding the distribution of naloxone in clinical and educational efforts. However, they had not implemented the third recommended approach, improving access to MAT. Receiving this grant enables the Family Health Center to hire additional essential behavioral health staff to initiate office-based treatment of opioid dependence utilizing buprenorphine with naloxone (Suboxone) or naltrexone (Vivitrol/Revia).

"St. Margaret Foundation is committed to working with foundation partners in the community to fill in the gaps with hope for the under-resourced individuals in our communities," said Mary Lee Gannon, president of St. Margaret Foundation. "This continued partnership with Staunton Farm Foundation gives hope to many who are struggling with opioid addiction."


Auxiliary Events

The Auxiliary hosts a variety of fundraising events throughout the year. Proceeds of this year's fundraisers support pediatric patients of the hospital's three Family Health Centers. Thank you for your support.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
“Spring Boutique”
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dining Rooms A and B 
Pre-Boutique Raffle:  
April 12, 13 & 16 — Entrance  B Lobby
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
"What's Hot"
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dining Rooms A and B
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
“The Bead Lady”
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Entrance B Lobby
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
“Collective Goods” 
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dining Rooms A and B
“Lottery Calendar” — May 2018
Ticket sales: Mid-March through end of April Entrance B Lobby