Programs, activities and events

Programs

Artistic Outreach

The goal of our Artistic Outreach program is to provide patients with poster art that will offer some diversion and make their room feel more comfortable. This program is offered on four patient care floors. Volunteers visit the units weekly with the album and then deliver the chosen art piece and hang it in the patient’s room.  The artwork depicts a variety of scenes; everything from the masters to pictures of animals.

Family Service Unit

The Family Service committee of the Auxiliary maintains an area located within the hospital that is made available to families of critically ill patients who live outside of Kingston. The area consists of nine rooms (including showers) that can accommodate up to 15 beds. A crib is available as well as a kitchenette that is stocked with complimentary tea, coffee and cookies by the Auxiliary. To access this area, a patient must be referred by a KGH Social Worker. There is no charge for the use of these facilities but donations are welcomed.

Hair Care

Our Hair Care Salon is located on Connell 1 next to the Volunteer Office and offers full professional services by a licensed hair stylist to all patients and staff. The stylist is also able to offer bedside service in all patient care areas. Services include perms, colours, shampoo/set and cuts. Ask the stylist for our current hair care price list for a full list of services and 'starting from' prices. We also have a wide selection of wigs which have been donated. These are cleaned and restyled by the hair stylist and will be fitted individually.  The wigs are offered at a very reasonable price. Gift certificates are available and are a great idea for patients, especially for those who are wanting to look their best when they are discharged from hospital. The Salon is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To make an appointment, or if you have further questions, please contact the hair stylist at 613-549-6666 extension 4235. Please leave a voice mail message if the salon is closed and the stylist will return your call as soon as possible. The salon is wheelchair accessible. 

HUGS (Helping Us Grow Strong)

Our 'Helping Us Grow Strong' program provides families in need with baby packages that contain two receiving blankets, a sweater & hat set, sleepers, gently used clothing and a handmade quilt.  The items are either donated or solicited from members of the Auxiliary or the community. The program is administered through KGH's Social Work department.

Small blankets and hats are also supplied to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Labour and Delivery unit on Connell 5.  In addition, NICU, Connell 5 and Emergency are supplied with bereavement quilts and envelopes as required. Warm lap blankets and slippers for long term stay patients, as well as clothing and blankets for Pediatric patients are supplied as needed. This program is administered by  the Social Work department. As of September 2015, every baby born at KGH will receive a "Mini Hug".  This gift bag contains small knitted items for the new baby.

If you are interested in participating in this program, you can help by knitting/donating or picking up these items for us in the community. Contact the KGH Auxiliary office 613-549-6666 extension 6352 to determine the current needs.

Library

Magazines and paperback books are distributed to patient waiting rooms and to the sun rooms on each floor.  Volunteers visit these areas weekly to ensure a good supply and to dispose of worn out copies. Donations of magazines and books are always welcome and may be dropped off at the Information Desk in the main lobby.

Millennium Endowment Fund

The KGH Auxiliary Millennium Education Endowment Fund was created in December 1999 to mark the occasion of the new millennium.  The ongoing source of funding, through realized investment earnings, focuses on educational initiatives across the broad range of health professional fields at KGH.  These may include certificate programs on new technologies/techniques or other innovative practices learned at other institutions that will directly enhance patient care at KGH. The fund is administered by the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation and the annual income is disbursed to applicants that are approved by a committee composed of Auxiliary members and a representatives from Leadership and Learning Services. To date, over $68,000 has been disbursed to various KGH learners.

Patient Comforts

The Patient Comfort service delivers small items for personal care for patients experiencing an unexpected hospital stay.  These may be toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, hairbrushes and safety razors.  Other articles may be honoured upon special request. For those patients who must remain in hospital during the holidays, volunteers visit on Christmas Eve and hand out a card to each patient.

Special Care

Trained volunteers visit patients who require that extra special touch. All Auxiliary volunteers have taken the palliative care training course and work with staff to ensure patient needs are met.  They also provide respite time for family visitors as needed.  Patients may be referred by staff or at the request of family.

Fundraising activities

Auxiliary Café

The Auxiliary Café, located in the main lobby at the Stuart Street hospital entrance, has seating for 100 and is a great place to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or supper. Freshly-brewed coffee and a wide range of other beverages are always available to accompany a selection of bakery items and sandwich choices. There are two daily soup options and you will find a special menu item posted daily.

After many years in our current location, the Café has an excellent reputation for offering first-rate meal selections, made daily using fresh, high-quality products. The Auxiliary operates the Café and all revenues generated are returned to the hospital for the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment to enhance patient care.

Hours of operation:

REGULAR HOURS:

  • Weekdays: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Weekends: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Gift Certificates ($2 and $5 values) are available all year round and you can contact the Auxiliary Café by calling 613-549-6666 extension. 4236.

Field of Miracles

The Field of Miracles mural, located on Kidd 5, was opened in 2005 to celebrate the KGH Auxiliary’s 100th anniversary and the miracle of birth. The delightful wall painting is surrounded by oval shaped commemorative plaques. Each plaque states the name and date of birth of a baby born at KGH and family plaques are grouped together where possible. More than 500 ‘miracles’ adorn the field including one for musician Bryan Adams. Whilst on a visit to Kingston in 2009 for a concert, he authorized the placement of a plaque in commemoration of his birth at KGH. The plaques cost $100 each and a tax donation receipt is issued for that amount less the cost of the plaque. 

Gift Shop

The Gift Shop is located inside the main entrance to KGH and can be reached by calling 613-549-6666 extension 4237. We welcome over-the-phone orders to be delivered to patients. 

Hours of operation:

  • Weekdays: 9:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. (Except Thursday Closing at 4.00 p.m. until further notice)
  • Weekends: 12:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. 

Items for sale include:

  • Baby wear includes hand knitted baby wear, preemie outfits, sweaters and shawls
  • Baby gifts: photo frames, toys, and mementos
  • Toys, teddy bears and children’s books: a great selection including many dolls and plush animals
  • Greeting cards for all occasions
  • Bags: gift bags, totes and handbags for all seasons
  • Costume jewellery to suit all tastes
  • Clothing: nightwear, lingerie, slippers, casual tops and lightweight informal jackets for day and  evening wear
  • Fresh Flowers: orders taken for delivery to patient rooms
  • Magazines, books
  • Candy, snacks
  • Gifts: a large selection for all occasions as well as items for the home.  Watch for the displays to change with the seasons and special occasions

The gift shop accepts payment with cash, debit, American Express, Visa & Master Card.

H.E.L.P.P. (Hospital Equipment Lottery for People Project)

Profits from the break-open ticket lottery are used to purchase equipment for the hospital. From the proceeds, 75 wheelchairs have been purchased, a patient transport stretcher bed, four Pocketalkers, music intervention equipment for the Operating rooms and Recovery, diversionary items for Elder Life program  and resting stations were installed in the hospital hallways. Tickets are 50-cents each and are available near the level 1 Kidd/Davies elevators from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., depending on the availability of volunteers.

Lottery Booth

The Lottery Booth, located next to the Tuck Shop on Connell 1, sells all OLG lottery tickets.  It is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., depending on the availability of volunteers.

Memorial Fund

The Memorial Fund receives many donations in memory of patients and/or former Auxiliary members and friends. The names of the deceased are recorded in the Memorial Book and the funds are used to purchase equipment needed by the hospital.

Millennium Fundraising Committee

Following the successful fundraising results for the Endowment Fund, the committee continued in its role of fund-raising. Annual Bus trips, Bridge & Lunch and the annual Teddy Bear campaign in November are the mainstays of this committee. It also undertakes any other event which will raise funds.

Tuck Shop

The Tuck Shop is located on Connell 1 across from the Connell elevators.  It is open 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, except holidays.

The Tuck Shop offers fast and efficient service for coffee, tea, muffins and donuts at very reasonable prices.  Coffee is always hot and freshly made and fresh sandwiches and milk are available for purchase.  The shop also offers a number of other services:

  • Dry cleaning: items received by 10:00 a.m. will be back the next day
  • Hot/cold drinks, muffins, pastries, sandwiches, candy, boxed chocolates, chips, gum
  • Sundries: shampoo, toothbrushes, batteries, etc.
  • Kingston Whig Standard
  • Magazines
  • Used paperback books
  • Plants, flower arrangements
  • Greeting cards

Cash, debit, American Express, Visa and MasterCard accepted (minimum sale $5.00)

Auxiliary events

Teddy Bear Campaign

Each year in November, the KGH Auxiliary launches its Teddy Bear campaign. Each year a new bear is chosen and it sports a royal blue ribbon and a tag acknowledging contributions in support of the pediatric program at KGH. These bears are a cozy companion for hospitalized children in need of comfort.  The Auxiliary strives to have 200 bears sponsored, at a cost of $100 each, for distribution to our youngest patients with all proceeds going toward the purchase of equipment for the pediatric unit. A charitable receipt is available upon request. Each sponsor also receives a matching small cuddly bear. The sponsored bears, with tags attached acknowledging the donors, are displayed on two trees in the Watkins lobby.

The 2016 Teddy Bear Campaign is very fortunate to be supported by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 560 and the Branch 560 Ladies Auxiliary which enables all the proceeds to be donated to the pediatric program. For more information on how you can help sponsor a bear see our 2016 Teddy Bear Campaign brochure. We also have a campaign poster that you can print and share with family and friends to promote this worthwhile cause.

Also, in support of the Teddy Bear Campaign the KGH Auxiliary holds their annual 'Santa Photos' event with all proceeds raised going directly to the campaign.

Christmas Bazaar

The annual Christmas Bazaar is held in late November or early December each year from 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Environmental Exposure Unit on Dietary 3. It is a great opportunity to shop early for the holiday season. The Bazaar includes a silent auction where items with a value of $25 or more are donated by our members and supporters. From the Auxiliary Gift Shop we feature toys, children's books and lingerie. We also have pre-owned costume jewellery, Christmas wreaths and centrepieces,  hand knitted items and used paperback books. The Gift Shop offers a 15 per cent discount in the shop on the day of the Bazaar.  In addition, as only coffee and scones are available at the Bazaar, the Cafe provides a special lunch of the day.

Spring Fling – Bridge & Lunch

Each April, the Auxiliary invites bridge enthusiasts to join us for our Annual Spring Fling.  This event includes lunch and an afternoon of bridge or euchre.  Lunch takes place at noon, followed by bridge at 1:00 p.m.  New in 2016, will be a Fall Bridge Bonanza.

Staff Appreciation Tea

The Auxiliary expresses its appreciation to staff at KGH by holding a Staff Appreciation Tea annually. A splendid array of cookies and cupcakes are presented for our hardworking hospital staff as well as punch and, of course, tea. The tea is served by members of the Auxiliary in a gracious old-world manner, using silver tea services lovingly cleaned and polished for the occasion. There are also door prizes for our visitors, which have been donated by our Auxiliary Tuck Shop, Cafe and a local florist.