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Hospital Auxiliary

Northfield Hospital Auxiliary

 The Northfield Hospital Auxiliary is a dynamic, service organization with a rich tradition of successful projects that support Northfield Hospital & Clinics and community wellness and healthcare.  Our commitment is to fundraising, community education about the programs and services of Northfield Hospital, and volunteering in support of those services.

Founded in 1951, the Auxiliary has raised and contributed nearly a million dollars in support of programs  and services at Northfield Hospital and related community projects.

Three newsletters mailed to members and three general membership meetings each year help keep us informed  about all aspects of the hospital and its clinics.

Members work through the hospital Volunteer Coordinator for training and assignment to services such as the Breast Care Center, Surgery Center and Kaleidoscope Gift Shop.

Making a Difference

Here are some of the  contributions  made by  the Auxiliary:

  • 10-$1,000 scholarships for education in health-related  fields, from high school graduates to PhD students.  Forms available the first of February thru end of March and scholarships are awarded each May.
  • Phototherapy unit for the  Birth Center
  • Non-invasive bladder scanner
  • Dual chamber infusion pumps
  • Community notification phone system
  • Mammography unit
  • Lifeline equipment The Community Clinic that preceded  HealthFinders
  • Major contributions to community  organizations, including Meals-On-Wheels, Senior Wellness Center, Spring  Creek Accessible Playground, The Key,  Northfield  Youth Sports Collaborative,  HealthFinders and Thursday’s Table.
  • Early literacy, a book for each newborn  since 1999
  • In support of an effort to eliminate SIDS, each newborn receives a SleepSack
  • A guest WiFi System for the hospital  
  • $20,000 for a walking/biking path from North Avenue to the hospital parking lot
  • $100,000 for the  Breast Care  Center
  • $150,000 for the Cancer Care &  Infusion Services
  • $60,000 for the Long Term Care Center customized van

Northfield Hospital Auxiliary Board Members
Joan Pralle and Sue Garvey, Co-Presidents
Michelle Pautzke, Treasurer
Rita Olson, Secretary
Mary Schwake, Historian

Join today
Download this brochure and return to:
Northfield Hospital Auxiliary
2000 North Avenue
Northfield, Minnesota, 55057

Questions: call 507-646-1041

Auxiliary Brochure

Auxiliary Scholarship Application Information
Application forms for the Northfield Hospital Auxiliary’s annual scholarship program will be available February of each year at the hospital’s front desk, all local clinics and the high school guidance office.
The auxiliary awards ten $1,000 scholarships each year to applicants who are pursuing training in a health-related field from a technical school, college or university. 
The recipients of these scholarships will be announced in May at our Spring Luncheon.

Kaleidoscope Gift Shop

The Kaleidoscope gift shop is a project of the Northfield Hospital Auxiliary. It offers smart, imaginative merchandise designed to generate excitement and conversation. You’ll find jewelry, scarves, hats, clothing, lamps, decorations, personal items, gifts and more.

Purchases at the Kaleidoscope support the services provided by Northfield Hospital & Clinics and other local health initiatives. The Auxiliary played an important role in the development of the hospital’s Breast Care Center, and has pledged $150,000 to the Cancer Care & Infusion Center. The Auxiliary also supports HealthFinders, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative and others, and provides scholarships for those pursuing education in a health-related field.

The Kaleidoscope gift shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturdays, except for the summer months when it is closed on the weekends. This service is provided by the Northfield Hospital Auxiliary.  Visit our page: 

Auxiliary Book Fair


2019 Book Fair   -   April 23-27

Donations will be accepted the 2 weeks before.

Book Fair Coordinator: Rita Olson: 320-267-1766 or email

For storage questions, contact Georgene Johnson: 507-663-1933 or email:

Visit our Face Book page for details, volunteers, times, etc.  Facebook page

This Northfield tradition got its humble start 57 years ago on the back porch of an Auxiliary member’s home. (At the time, members thought they might collect enough books to do the sale once.) Now, it fills the Northfield Ice Arena with more than 65,000 books, DVDs, CDs and vinyl. The Book Fair has raised one million dollars to support Hospital projects and scholarships.


See the time lapse of 2014’s Book Raid.  Click here.