Winsted’s Auxiliary For Community Health Donates New ED Headlamp For Charlotte’s Winsted Operations

The Auxiliary For Community Health in Winsted generously funded the purchase of a $600 Welch Allyn headlight for the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s Emergency and Medical Care operations at 115 Spencer Street, Winsted. 

This specialized portable lightweight head lamp is worn by physicians and provides a guided beam of light that is used to examine a patient’s ear, nose and throat as well as during minor surgery, foreign body removal, and many other procedures and examinations. Replacing an earlier version, this new upgrade has improved capabilities including cordless battery operation and better focus and light beam size functions.

“This type of equipment is vital when it comes to performing the best possible and most accurate examination of our patients,” said Ali Saniee, M.D., of the Emergency Department in Winsted.

Last year, the Auxiliary donated over $90,000 to purchase innovative new patient equipment and monitoring systems to benefit patients. These include a “GlideScope” advanced video laryngoscope to enable quick intubation and lifesaving airway protection and a fully integrated computer based system for the emergency department that records and tracks a patient’s vital signs and cardiac rhythm and allows it to be transmitted to Charlotte’s main campus for consultation and review by other medical professionals and staff. 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, 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 for information.

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