Doctor’s Legacy Brings Comfort and Joy to Growing Family
New Britain [June 14 2007] -
Anesthesiologist Richard E. Hotes, M.D., spent many hours in the labor and delivery rooms at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, helping new moms through the challenges of labor and sharing in the joys of birth.
So when it came time for his daughter, Gennifer, to deliver her first child, it was only fitting she spend time in a place that honors her father’s extraordinary commitment to his patients and his work.
In May 2007, The Hotes family dedicated a labor and delivery room in the Ferdinand Sauer, MD Family BirthPlace at the hospital to Dr. Hotes, who, sadly, died in 2003 at age 49 of a rare disease called Amyloidosis.
A plaque outside the room reads in part, “… the doctors, nurses, technologists, clerical workers, and housekeeping staff, and the patients of The Hospital of Central Connecticut … held a special place in (Dr. Hotes’) heart. …He particularly enjoyed working in the Labor and Delivery Suite because it provided him a unique venue to bring joy into the world. He saved countless lives here and invariably touched all who knew him.”
On May 20, Dr. Hotes’ grandson, Ross Ethan Lippman, was born, after Gennifer spent her labor in the room dedicated to her father. Gennifer’s husband, Joshua Lippman, her mother, Andi, and brother, Todd Hotes shared in the joyous occasion.
“Being in that room made the whole experience even more wonderful,” said Andi Hotes of West Hartford, Dr. Hotes’ wife of 27 years.
Though the Lippmans live in Fairfield, they delivered Ross at The Hospital of Central Connecticut in part because Gennifer’s obstetrician, Sharon Goldberg, M.D., is affiliated with the hospital and was a friend and colleague of Dr. Hotes’.
“The hospital is special to us,” Andi said. “Everyone there has been just great.”
Dr. Hotes worked at the hospital for over 20 years, including eight as chief of the Department of Anesthesiology. Every year, the Department of Anesthesiology holds a Memorial Lecture in his honor.
“Richard was a wonderful physician, colleague and friend. His youthful exuberance and enthusiasm were contagious; they transcended both his professional and personal life,” says Michael Loiacono, DO, chief of the Department of Anesthesiology at the hospital.. “He is dearly missed by all members of our department.”
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