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Hospital Staff Member Receives Community Service Award

New Britain [December 22 2008] - Jane Caron of Thomaston, a Hospital of Central Connecticut employee, recently received the hospital’s Loretta Martinelli Community Service Award.

The award, presented at the Dec. 17 hospital corporators’ meeting, is given annually to a dedicated hospital employee who has made a notable contribution to the well-being of the community and displays compassion, integrity, and respect for others.

Caron, a licensed clinical social worker, has been with the hospital more than 25 years and is director of the Social Work Department. In presenting the Martinelli Award, hospital board of directors Chairman Frank Miller noted that Caron is recognized for her long days and personal commitment to patients and their families.

“Like many people who work in our hospital, she has dedicated her career to helping people, particularly those in need,” Miller said. “But, in addition to dedicating her career to helping people and our communities, she has also dedicated her life to doing so.”

Caron’s many volunteer activities include serving on the board of directors and various committees at the Friendship Service Center of New Britain. The center operates a soup kitchen, shelter and transitional housing, among other services.
With her twin sister, Joan McIntyre Caron, Caron co-chairs The Connecticut Breast Health Initiative’s Race in the Park in New Britain. The race raises money for research and education.

The community service award Caron received is named for Loretta Martinelli, a member of the New Britain General Hospital board of directors until her death in 1996. Martinelli was committed to community service and received numerous awards for her volunteer work.

“It is a privilege to do what I do everyday,” Caron said. “I’m honored to be a part of Loretta Martinelli’s legacy.”

Awardees receive $100, and the hospital donates $500 to the charity of the recipient’s choice. Caron chose the Animal Rescue Foundation of Terryville. The foundation operates a no-kill shelter, which burned down in a November fire.

Contact: Nancy Martin, 860-224-5900, ext. 4366

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