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Services Provided by the Backus Auxiliary

The Backus Auxiliary is a volunter organization with a mission of supporting and fundraising for Backus Hospital.


The Backus Auxiliary provides camisoles for post-operative breast surgery patients.


There are four vending machine refreshment facilities within the hospital, which contribute substantial income towards the Auxiliary’s annual budget. Hospital patients, visitors, and employees find a wide variety of beverages and snacks available in the Canteens, located along the main corridor, adjacent to the Emergency Services waiting area, Same Day Surgery waiting area, and the Birthing Center.


The Auxiliary provides curechiefs and turbans, hand-sewn head dressings for those patients who have chemotherapy treatments. Additionally, the Auxiliary also supplies colorful surgical caps to pediatric patients in the Same Day Surgery area.


File of Life packets are for individuals over 55, as well as for the disabled. They can be obtained at both our Backus Gift Shops. We received and filled requests from the Cardiac Rehab program here at Backus and from community organizations. We ask for a donation of one dollar per file to help offset the cost of materials.


The Auxiliary Gift Shop at Backus continues to be a success, both as a fund-raiser for the Auxiliary and as a source of cards, candy, flowers and other merchandise for hospital visitors, patients and staff. A second Gift Shop is located at the Backus Outpatient Care Center (BOCC) on Salem Turnpike. The Gift Shop at the hospital is open seven days a week. Both shops are staffed primarily by volunteers and new volunteers are always needed. Anyone who might be interested should contact Candy Gioia, Shop Manager at 860-889-8331, ext. 2265.


At each holiday throughout the year, the Tray Favors Committee provides hospitalized patients with a creative favor for their dining trays. Contributors to this program include Project Outreach at the Norwich Free Academy, RSVP Sprague Senior Smilers, St. Jude Commons, Rose City Senior Center, and Delta Kappa Gamma.


Throughout the year, the Auxiliary sponsors vendors who offer a variety of goods to employees and visitors at sales held on designated Fridays in the hospital’s conference rooms. Recent vendors have sold handbags and wallets, jewelry, wearing apparel, skin products, food items and art work. Proceeds help to fulfill the Auxiliary’s commitment to the hospital.

2017 Vendor Sales (PDF)