SEPTEMBER 2009

INSIDE STORIES
 
Marina Aronoff, Auxiliary President
 

The Auxiliary:
The Group that Never Stops Giving

For more than 50 years, the UCLA Health System Auxiliary has provided financial assistance for hospital programs and patients. Profits from the Gift Shops at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital, the Auxiliary Gift Shop at Peter Morton Building (200 UCLA Medical Plaza), and the Thrift Shop are distributed to support patient aid, grants for special projects and equipment for patient care.

Marina Aronoff, who became Auxiliary president this year, has a long history with UCLA, including running the front desk at the Marion Davies Children’s Clinic in the 1960s. “All pediatric emergencies during the daytime came through my desk in those years, and I was so impressed by all the nurses that a few years later I decided to become a nurse,” says Marina. She eventually returned to UCLA working in the OB/GYN Clinic and was later selected to be on the forefront of an innovative program at UCLA to train registered nurses to become family nurse practitioners. She began her training, working as a nurse practitioner in the UCLA Emergency Department and then at the Les Kelley Family Clinic.

“I retired to raise my children and began volunteering in the early 1990s at the UCLA Kidney Cancer Program. It was through volunteering and meeting Auxiliary members that I was asked to join the Auxiliary,” she says. “I especially enjoyed being able to help fill the needs of the various hospital departments and to improve the lives of patients and their families. Being the Auxiliary president now is the most satisfying volunteer work I have ever done.”

With Marina’s leadership, the more than 600 members of the UCLA Health System Auxiliary will continue to provide assistance to UCLA patients, programs, employees and students. To date, the Auxiliary has donated more than $11 million to various programs within the UCLA Health System.

For more information, contact Hannah Fairchild at hfairchild@mednet.ucla.edu or call (310) 825-7283.

 

Money raised by the Auxiliary has been used to purchase:

  • Critical Care Unit Ambulance
  • A Bloodmobile
  • Automatic External Defibrillators
  • Pediatric Isolettes
  • An infrared, non-invasive vein viewer
  • A “Giraffe Omnibed” (infant warmer for babies in the NICU)

In addition, the Auxiliary provides funding for:

  • Tiverton House
  • An emergency patient aid fund
  • Teddy bears for pediatric patients in JSEI
  • Clothing for indigent patients and for ER patients
  • “Tea for the Soul,” tea service for patient families
  • Adopt-A-Family Program
  • People Animal Connection (PAC) Program