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Eye Bank Gives Hospital $30,000

New Britain [October 31 2006] - The Connecticut Eye Bank & Visual Research Foundation Inc. announced a gift of $30,000 to the Hospital of Central Connecticut this week.
“It is a way to give back,” said Richard Campbell, chairman of the board of the Connecticut Eye Bank, explaining that the Hospital has provided a home at the New Britain General campus for the eye bank for 35 years. “We had a good year and wanted to give to the hospital, which benefits the community.”
“The Connecticut Eye Bank has been at the New Britain General campus for over 35 years,” Hospital President Laurence A. Tanner A. Tanner said accepting the check. “We’re proud of our long association with an organization that has given the very precious gift of sight to thousands of people throughout Connecticut and the world.”
“The Eye Bank has been an important partner with our hospital,” said David Obedzinski, hospital executive director of institutional advancement. “This unrestricted gift of $30,000 will make an immediate impact at our hospital as we respond to the healthcare needs of the people in Central Connecticut. In fact, these funds will assist us with our current Emergency Department expansion and renovation project at our New Britain General campus.”
The Connecticut Eye Bank is a non-profit organization, sponsored by the Independent Order of Oddfellows and Rebekahs, which works to procure human eye tissue for corneal transplantation; increase public awareness about eye banking and donation; and educate the public and healthcare professionals throughout Connecticut. The Eye Bank also participates in research programs to improve methods for sight restoration. The organization often distributes corneas to patients in Connecticut and other states and in Asia, Indonesia and the Middle East.

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