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Volunteers Honored at The Hospital of Central Connecticut

New Britain [May 05 2008] - Hundreds of Hospital of Central Connecticut volunteers were honored April 27 to May 3, annual National Healthcare Volunteer Week. Over the past year, 464 volunteers from the combined campuses of New Britain General and Bradley Memorial donated 62,214 hours of service.

The volunteers were recognized at hospital luncheons Monday, April 28 and Tuesday, April 29. Two individuals in particular were honored: At Bradley Memorial, Yvonne Veronneau of Southington was recognized for the second consecutive year for donating the most hours – 13,800. She’s been volunteering for nine years, mostly in the gift shop.

“Yvonne is always willing to come in, and covers for any volunteer who cannot make it,” said Louise Jones, coordinator of Bradley Memorial campus volunteers. “She is terrific.”

The New Britain General campus named Marilyn Johnson of Plainville Volunteer of the Year for her volunteer work for over 14 years with the Oncology Research department.

“Marilyn is consistent, invaluable and flexible,” said Cathy O’Dell, a clinical research assistant in the Oncology department. “She will do any task assigned, has a solid knowledge base of the department and is willing to type, file or collate in any area needed. Marilyn is more than a volunteer, she is a friend.”

The hospital also recognized volunteers with the Wishing Well Gift Shop, the New Britain General campus Auxiliary program’s major fundraiser for the hospital. The gift shop is run almost exclusively by volunteers, including a dedicated contingent of buyers who have served for many years. Buyers honored during Volunteer Week were: Joan Kelly-Coyle, Joan Mercier, Claire Pietras, Lillian Smith and Nancy Spano of New Britain; Jan Blackburn of Kensington; and Phyllis Visnauskas of Newington.

During the past year, the 352 New Britain General campus volunteers dedicated 43,480 hours to the hospital. The Bradley Memorial campus’ 112 volunteers donated 18,225 hours. Overall, the volunteered hours have saved the hospital over a million dollars. Volunteers perform a variety of jobs while at the same time offering valuable moral support to visitors, patients, and staff.

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

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