Winsted’s Auxiliary For Community Health Continues Generous Support For Charlotte’s Winsted Operations

(Torrington) – The Auxiliary For Community Health in Winsted has once again generously donated funds totaling $10,000 in support of the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit and Emergency Services located at 115 Spencer Street, Winsted.  

The Auxiliary made available $6,000 which was used to purchase a new Quinton Med-Track CR60 Treadmill for the Center’s exercise room. “The treadmill is our most popular piece of equipment, so we are now able to accommodate more patients with this wonderful updated model.” said Eileen McKay, RN, Cardiac Nurse who serves patients at the center.

Also purchased was a new Zoll Automated External Defibrillator which is used in an emergency immediately in the event of a patient cardiac arrest. The device offers instant assessment and intervention which is known to improve outcomes for patients in need. The CHH Cardiac rehabilitation program is designed and offered to patients that have experienced a recent cardiac event as well as patients who desire a supervised and monitored exercise program with or without cardiac risk factors.

In addition, the Auxiliary also donated an additional $4,000 to purchase a new tonometer and ring cutter for Winsted’s Emergency Department to replace older models. A tonometer is an instrument for measuring pressure within the eye. Acute onset of increased eye pressure is a sight threatening emergency, and can only be diagnosed with a tonometer. The ring cutter is used in the setting of a finger injury that creates swelling to the extent that a ring present on the injured finger must be removed to prevent further damage to or potential loss of the digit.

Last year, the Auxiliary donated over $90,000 to purchase innovative new patient equipment and monitoring systems to benefit patients. The hospital’s emergency department in Winsted sees about 7,000 patients annually.

“The type of support and dedication shown by the Auxiliary For Community Health to our healthcare efforts is vital, and a great example of the community and the hospital working together to provide the highest quality medical care to area residents” says Michele Rainville, RN, Clinical Manager of Hungerford Emergency & Medical Care.

 The Auxiliary For Community Health was founded in Winsted over 100 years ago to support community health efforts and currently has 60 volunteer members. They have a history of supporting Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s services in Winsted, including past donations for cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, emergency services, sleep center, radiology, and laboratory equipment.

Members raise money through their membership, events, and a downtown Winsted thrift shop which offers affordable clothing and household items to the community.  All the proceeds from the sales then go to health-related causes and programs in Winsted.

The store is located at 120 Willow St. and is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday 9:30 AM to Noon. Donations are welcome at their Willow St. location during open hours. For more information, call 860-379-1997.

Hungerford Emergency and Medical Care is part of The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital family of services located at 115 Spencer Street. It provides hospital-level, community-based health care and emergency services to northwest Connecticut and southwest Massachusetts. Winsted based services include emergency, X-ray, laboratory, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, digital mammography, and sleep evaluation services.


The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Employees, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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