Friends of Strong


The Friends of Strong advances the mission of Strong Memorial Hospital by providing services to patients, families, and visitors; promoting the hospital in the community; and raising money to support patient care needs.

Much-needed funds are raised though proceeds from initiatives that include:

Gift Shop

Flowers available for delivery in the Friends of Strong Gift ShopFriends of Strong's Gift Shop is a significant source of funds that we use to support our mission. The shop is filled with a great assortment of:

  • Jewelry, including sterling silver, 14k gold, and 10k gold pieces
  • Baby clothes, complemented with a variety of newborn items
  • Cards
  • Flowers
  • Assortment of items for all ages

Gift Shop Manager Helen Hess is known for her great taste in home décor. Assistant Manager Yvonne Freeman's window displays are so attractive they create traffic jams in the hallway. They are a great representation of what the store has to offer.

The gift shop will be glad to deliver flower arrangements to patients. Please call (585) 275-2577 for more information. The Gift Shop hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, noon. - 5:30 p.m.

Baby Prints Photography Service

Photo of newbornFriends of Strong contracts with "Baby Prints by Infant Portrait Express" to provide an advanced digital portrait system for newborn babies. This means the mother is able to view the baby's first portrait on the day of birth. This also gives her the opportunity to view a proof of her newborn and order portraits from a variety of specialty priced packages. She will receive her order before she leaves the hospital.

Specialty Shop

Specialty Shop

Please Note: The Specialty Shop will be closed on Thursday, June 25 for inventory.

The Specialty Shop at Strong is designed to meet the special needs of cancer patients and nursing moms and stocks several items that can be a comfort to them, such as:

  • Hats
  • Wigs
  • Scarves

The shop has an ample supply of cancer related items - Swarovski crystal bracelets, silicone wristbands, lanyards, magnetic car ribbons, buttons, note cards, ribbon pins, T-shirts and hooded pullover sweatshirts, coffee mugs, bookmarks and acrylic tumblers.

The shop also carries Medela maternity pumps for purchase and supplies for new mothers and infant care items. Symphony breast pumps are also available for rent for $60.00 per month. All rental pumps require Master Card, Visa or Discover credit cards.

Joanne Wales-Smith, the Shop’s manager, along with other Friends of Strong staff, is available to assist you. Stop by the Shop (room 1-1337) or call (585) 273-1276 for more information. The Specialty Shop hours are generally Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  These hours can vary; however, so please be sure to check our website regularly for updated information.

Make a Gift

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Become a Volunteer

You Can Make a Difference

Call (585) 275-2420, or visit our volunteering site for more information.