In 2021, The Ottawa Hospital Civic Auxiliary — in operation since 1951 — merged with similar groups from both the Riverside and the General Campuses. The result was a stronger-than-ever, united group, able to react and respond to the needs of patients and the hospital alike.

Their impact is tangible — from helping the hospital purchase critical equipment like cardiac monitors and even a new MRI machine, to ensuring patients have essentials, like emergency clothing or breast pumps.

What you might find surprising is each time you shop at one of the hospital’s gift shops or from the auxiliary medical supplies shop at the Civic, proceeds go directly back to help patients.

In addition to these options, the TOH Auxiliary has just launched an online shop where a variety of products from electronics to toiletries to apparel can be purchased and delivered to the Civic or General Campuses. And just like with in-person shopping, the proceeds will be donated back to the hospital.

In just over a decade, The TOH Auxiliary has donated more than $15M back to the hospital, with the most recent gift of $1.25M being made to support the purchase of a navigation system that will help surgeons with meticulous planning, real-time navigation, and detailed 3D imaging, making brain and spine surgeries safer and quicker. The real-time navigation allows surgeons to see exactly where they are operating within the patient’s body at every moment with increased precision and minimally invasive incisions.

As the hospital focuses on reshaping healthcare in our region and creating a better tomorrow, the TOH Auxiliary is in lock step, dedicated to finding new ways to support patients and create a better experience for patients and their families.