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6/8/10: Emerson Hospital displays handmade quilts

Starting June 15, visitors to Emerson Hospital will have an opportunity to view quilts that are handmade by participants in the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary’s Comfort Quilts gift program.  The exhibit will showcase—for the first time—the artistic ability of the quilters.  The exhibit will be on display in the main hallway of the hospital.  Visitors to the hospital may purchase the quilts, and 25% of the sale price goes to the hospital. 

The program has donated more than 500 quilts since its inception five years ago.  The quilts are made and donated by individuals and groups, including the Concord Piecemakers, Material Girls, and Squanicook Guild.

Rosaria Colosi, Emerson Hospital Auxiliary Board member, coordinates the Comfort Quilts gift program and regularly delivers quilts to the Bethke Cancer Center. As they are available, they are gifted to individual patients currently receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy at the cancer center.

The Bethke Cancer Center offers the community the best in cancer care with expert, state-of-the-art treatment and the latest technology.  The Center strives to provide not only the best possible treatment, but also to give patients a caring and comfortable setting in which to undergo their treatment.

For information on purchasing any artwork, contact the community services department at Emerson Hospital at 978-287-3200.

 If you are interested in making quilts for the Bethke Cancer Center, contact Rosaria T. Colosi, chair of the Comfort Quilt Program, at RTColosi@aol.com.

The art display is sponsored by the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary.  The Auxiliary supports the hospital through community awareness, patient support, and fundraising activities.  Anyone interested in becoming a member or learning more about the Auxiliary should contact Karen McCarthy at 978-371-2133.  


Information on the curators:
Volunteers with the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary curate the artwork and photography submissions.
Art curators Jen Lannan and Ann Jennings would like to connect with area artists to display their work. If interested, email jenlannan@comcast.net or annjenn29@hotmail.com.

Peter Lund and his wife Ashley Rooney curate the photography exhibit, which is located in the main hallway at Emerson Hospital. If you are a local photographer and you would like to submit your work for hanging, please contact Peter Lund at ebthree@juno.com or Ashley Rooney at

Emerson Hospital is a multi-site health system headquartered in Concord, Mass., with additional facilities in Sudbury, Groton, Westford, and Maynard.  The 179-bed hospital provides advanced medical services to more than 300,000 individuals in 25 towns.

The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary supports Emerson through increased community awareness, health-related education, and fundraising initiatives. Over the past decade, the Auxiliary’s fundraising efforts have helped to raise more than $2.4M for hospital equipment, facilities, and services. For more information about the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary, visit www.emersonhospital.org .