Passavant Hospital Auxiliary

Men and women are invited to join a long-standing dedicated group of volunteers who make up the Passavant Hospital Auxiliary. The Auxiliary conducts many fundraising events that benefit the patients, families and staff of UPMC Passavant. Jewelry sales, cookie sales, a book sale and the Lights of Love tree are just a few of the Auxiliary's projects.

Click Here to View Passavant Hospital Auxiliary Vendor and Fundraiser Sales!      

2023-2024 Members



Carol Koontz, President
Rita Jastrebski, Vice President
Debbie Marziano, Treasurer
Janese Abbott, Secretary


Beverly Aufman

David Clark

Jean Eckert

Patricia Kutcher

Janet McKenzie

Louise Moffett

Corinne Petrina

Mary Riethmiller

Thelma Sherrett

Marie Smith

Eileen Black *

Carol Braund*

Virginia Byers*

Barbara Drazal*

Ann Guckert *

* Emeritus member


Passavant Hospital Auxiliary Officers at the 2024-2025 Auxiliary Installation

Pictured Left to Right: Carol Koontz, President; Rita Jastrebski, Vice President; Janese Abbott, Secretary and Debbie Marziano, Treasurer

Making an Impact

Over the years the Auxiliary has raised and donated over $4,000,000, helping to make our facility the world-class hospital it is today. The Auxiliary funds projects large and small that benefit patients, their families, and those who care for them. 

Passavant Hospital Auxiliary has been supporting UPMC Passavant patients, their families and staff for over 60 Years! 

Read More on the Passavant Hosptial Auxiliary and All they have done! 

In 2023, Passavant Hospital Auxiliary has funded $59,649 to 4 UPMC Passavant Hospital Department Grants.

  • Occupational & Physical Therapy  - Tilt in Space Wheelchair
  • UPMC Wound Heeling Services at UPMC Passavant - TBI Machine
  • UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at UPMC Passavant - Body Fix Diaphragm Control Device
  • Transport  - Stryker Stretcher Replacement 

Passavant Hospital Auxiliary provides life-saving grant to control traumatic bleeding 

In 1972, the American Heart Association launched its first mass citizen training in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, or CPR — an emergency life-saving procedure performed when the heart stops beating. The goal of this training was to increase the survival rate from cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting. The result? The use of immediate CPR was able to double or triple the chances of survival. Like how CPR prepared bystanders for a cardiac emergency, a new movement called Stop the Bleed®, or STB, aims to train non-medical personnel in methods that control traumatic bleeding. “An adult can bleed to death in three to five minutes,” said Megan Tomaino, MPAS, PA-C, a physician assistant certified at UPMC Passavant. “Essentially, STB is about training everyone to help a victim buy time until help arrives in the form of EMS (in the community) or the Rapid Response Team (in the hospital),” said Betsy Tedesco, DNP, RN, CEN, NEA-BC, PHRN, clinical director of emergency services at UPMC Passavant. “With traumatic bleeding, time is crucial. So, if we can intervene quickly with the first person encountering the victim, we can save a life.” The bleeding control techniques taught through STB include the use of a tourniquet, as well as applying direct pressure to the wound and packing the wound with gauze. Traumatic bleeding injuries are not uncommon.

Click Here to Read More on the Stop the Bleed Grant the Passavant Hosptial Auxiliary Helped Fund


Passavant Hospital Auxiliary Lights of Love

In it's 37th year, the "Lights of Love Tree" will be displayed in the lobby of UPMC Passavant- McCandless throughout the holiday season. Each light and dove will honor or memorialize a special person.

To designate a light in honor or memory of a loved one, Passavant Hospital Auxiliary will be accepting $5 for each name. 
Dove ornaments are also available and will feature your loved one's name for a donation of $10 for each name.
Join us virtually on Monday, December 4, 2023, on the Passavant Hospital Auxiliary Facebook Page to watch the lighting of the tree!