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Community Volunteer Honored by Hospital

New Britain [December 21 2006] - The Loretta Martinelli Award for community service was given to a behavioral health administrator at The Hospital of Central Connecticut at the hospital’s annual corporators’ meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Leslie Bell of New Haven was honored for her tireless volunteer work, as well as being a dedicated and enthusiastic office manager for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health.
In making the presentation, outgoing Board Chairman Marie Gustin said, “The award is given annually by the hospital to honor one extraordinary individual who exemplifies caring and has made a significant contribution to the community.”
The Loretta Martinelli Award is awarded primarily to recognize an employee’s volunteer efforts in the wider community.
Bell is dedicated to her community in New Haven, where she teaches “Children’s Church” — Sunday school for Samaritan Regional Services, created to reach out to children in the surrounding neighborhoods, who often experience barriers of environment and spirit. In addition to providing food to needy families throughout the year, the organization provides special Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to about 60 families. Every Christmas, they make sure that each child receives a stocking and a gift.
The Martinelli award comes with a $500 donation to be given in Leslie Bell’s name to the charity of her choice, Samaritan Regional Services. Joanie Ciociola, founder and executive director of the organization, said she was thrilled. “Leslie is such an important part of our ministry. She is a tireless, committed, and a wonderful person. The children absolutely love her. This gift will help us tremendously, so we are very grateful.”
Bell is also involved with her church, Church on the Rock, in New Haven, where she is in charge of welcoming guests and is the mentor for a 16 year old girl from her church family.
Loretta Martinelli was a member of the New Britain General Hospital Board of Directors until her death in 1996. She was committed to community service and received numerous awards for her volunteer work. The purpose of the award is to recognize a full-time employee who demonstrates the commitment to the community exemplified by Loretta.
The Loretta Martinelli Community Service Award was created to honor one individual each year who has been a dedicated employee at the hospital, and has made a notable contribution to the well-being of our community. The winner of the award receives a $100 gift, and a contribution of $500 made in his or her name to a charity of their choice.
Teresa Works, clinical director, nominated Bell for the award because, she said, “Leslie is personally inspirational. Whatever challenges she faces, Leslie is always positive and optimistic. She has continued to excel at her job and to motivate her staff to excel.”
Bell has worked at NBGH for since 2003. Bell and her husband Marvin reside in New Haven with their three daughters.

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