2022-2023 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.


Passavant Hospital Auxiliary Lights of Love

Passavant Hospital Auxiliary celebrated the 36th Annual Lights of Love Virtual Tree Lighting on Friday, December 2nd. 

The tree will be displayed by the new UPMC Passavant - McCandless Campus Heart and Vascular Institute entrance. 

To designate a light in honor or in 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. 

You can continue to purchase a light or dove all of December and we will add to the tribute book and tree! 

To Watch the Virtual Tree Lighting Click Here    To View the Virtual Tribute Book Click Here 

Click Here to Purchase Online  Click Here to Download the Lights of Love Brochure 

36th Annual Tree Lighting


Passavant Hospital Auxiliary Members



Jean Eckert, President
Carol Koontz, Vice President
Beverly Aufman, Treasurer
Janese Abbott, Secretary


Eileen Black*  
Carol Braund*
Virginia Byers
Barbara Drzal
Tammy Emery
Ann Guckert*

*emeritus member

Rita Jastrebski
Patricia Kutcher
Judy Machi
Debbie Marizano
Janet McKnenzie
Louise Moffett
Jean Muth
Joan Ozdogan
Mary Riethmiller
Thelma Sherrett
Marie Smith

Passavant Hospital Auxiliary Officers at the
2022-2023 Auxiliary Installation

Pictured Front to Back: Jean Eckert, President; Carol Kootz, Vice President; Janese Abbott, Secretary and Beverly Aufman, 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 2022, Passavant Hospital Auxiliary has funded $26,477 to 4 UPMC Passavant Hospital Department Grants.

  • Occupational & Physical Therapy  - Portable Oxygen IV holder
  • Imaging Services  - Ultrasound OB/GYN Stretchers
  • GI Lab  - Stryker Prime Wheelchairs
  • UPMC Wound Heeling Services at UPMC Passavant  - Vasculab which was a split grant with Passavant Hospital Foundation

The Auxiliary has awarded $4,000 for the UPMC Passavant Hospital 2021 Volunteer College Scholarships.


Matt Reslink began volunteering at UPMC Passavant in 2018 and has worked in several departments, including patient transport, outpatient surgery, the emergency department and screening. He held several research positions while majoring in neuroscience and minoring in chemistry on a pre-med track at the University of Pittsburgh. He graduated from Pitt this past spring and plans to go on to medical school to become a doctor.

Ryan Blake graduated from West Virginia University in 2017 with a degree in industrial engineering. Feeling unfulfilled in his job, he earned an advanced degree at the University of Pittsburgh. While there, he secured a position as an MS/Ph.D student researching orthopaedic biomechanics with a physician at UPMC Passavant. This blend of engineering and medicine launched him on a new career path that is leading him to become an orthopedic surgeon. He is continuing his studies at Temple University.