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Hospital of Central Connecticut Celebrates Volunteers

New Britain [May 03 2007] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut recently honored 545 volunteers who gave nearly 68,000 hours of service this past year.
During National Volunteer Week in April, volunteers from each campus received special recognitions at two April 17 events. New Britain General campus volunteer Arthur Kahrmann of Plainville was named 2007 Volunteer of the Year. Bradley Memorial campus volunteer Yvonne Veronneau of Southington was honored for 12,800 hours of service over eight years of volunteering.
During the past year at the New Britain General campus, 407 volunteers provided 49,387 hours of service in 62 departments or sections. The total volunteer hours equates to approximately 26 full-time employees, with the value of donated time conservatively estimated at more than $850,000.
At the Bradley Memorial campus, 138 volunteers provided 17,596 hours of service in 23 departments. The total volunteer hours equates to nine full time employees, with the donated time worth $330,276.
Kahrmann has been a hospital volunteer for 13 years, spending two days a week in the Ambulatory Surgery Department. He was nominated for Volunteer of the Year by several employees who mentioned the concern and kindness he offers patients and their family members.
Veronneau has volunteered for eight years in the Bradley Memorial campus gift shop, and has been known to come in as many as four times a week to substitute when other gift shop volunteers can’t make it.
“We are very fortunate to have so many volunteers that have been with us for so many years and who have given so many hours,” says Anne Phelan, director, Volunteer Services. “Our volunteers are able to give our patients what they need, want, and expect — personal attention, some words of encouragement, or just a smile.”

Contact: Nancy Martin, 860-224-5900, X4366

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