Always There

Since 1904, the Cooley Dickinson Auxiliary has supported the hospital in its commitment to provide exceptional health care to our community. In 2016, the group’s membership voted to change the name to “The Friends of Cooley Dickinson.”

This dedicated, enthusiastic community is committed to supporting patient services, advocating for the hospital and raising funds, and has been invaluable as a resource for the hospital. In just the past three decades, the Cooley Dickinson Auxiliary has donated more than $3 million for significant projects, and, with your help, can continue to do so. Major donations have included funding for Nursing Education; Midwifery Care; the new Breast Center, the Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital; renovation of the Emergency Department and the 2007 construction of the North Building, including the Kittredge Surgery Center and the Joint Replacement Center.

To join the Friends of Cooley Dickinson, or to renew your current membership, please download, print and mail this membership form with your check, payable to:

The Friends of Cooley Dickinson
c/o Cooley Dickinson Hospital
30 Locust Street, Northampton, MA 01060



For more information call 413-582-2882.


Friends News


The mission of The Friends of Cooley Dickinson Hospital is to support the hospital through fundraisers and events. This year, they funded a challenge grant for $50,000 which helped to raise additional funds for the Childbirth Center. Ever mindful of the needs of the organization, the Friends also asked members to support Cooley Dickinson by donating to the Power of Friends campaign.

Hearts and messages of caring now decorate the Coffee and Gift Shops at Cooley Dickinson. Thanks to community donors to the Power of Friends, words of support are enjoyed by staff and patients alike.

A special thank you to all of our Friends members for their donations and thoughtful words of support. We couldn’t do it without you!


Welcome: Friends Treasurer and SHINE Volunteer Carol Katz

Meet Carol Katz, Cooley Dickinson’s new volunteer SHINE Counselor. She is available on Monday afternoons by appointment only, made through the Case Management Office, at 582-2248. Carol is retired from a career in health care administration, and she has been a certified SHINE Counselor for 7 years. She is also the Treasurer of the Friends of Cooley Dickinson, is a Cooley Baby, and was a “Candy Striper” volunteer at the hospital throughout her high school years in the days when younger volunteers wore pink- and white-striped smocks.

Friends of Local Art

The Friends of Cooley Dickinson sponsor the ever-changing panorama of drawings, paintings, photographs, digital prints and other media that festoon the walls of the hospital’s North and West galleries, and also in the medical building at 22 Atwood Drive. Art displayed is by artists from the local community and rotates monthly to keep offerings fresh, maximize exposure for as many local artists as possible and to allow for celebratory monthly openings with food, drink and occasional live music.

All work in the galleries is for sale and benefits programs and services at the hospital and its satellite health care facilities. Artists receive the portion of proceeds not earmarked for donation.

Of course, the presence of art in our galleries is not by any means solely transactional–many people find art to be healing, transporting and even deeply evocative of feeling and emotion. Depictions of people, places and situations that might be familiar or otherwise meaningful can have a profound impact on someone walking or being wheeled down the hall. For patients and employees alike, the monthly rotation also keeps their environment dynamic, interesting, and rich in moments that many of us often don’t otherwise have the time to notice.