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Hospital of Central Connecticut honors volunteers

New Britain [May 15 2009] - Hundreds of Hospital of Central Connecticut volunteers were honored April 19-25, annual National Healthcare Volunteer Week. Over the past year, 415 volunteers from the combined campuses of New Britain General and Bradley Memorial donated 52,577 hours of service.

The volunteers were recognized at hospital luncheons during Volunteer Week. Several individuals in particular were honored: At Bradley Memorial, Yvonne Veronneau of Southington was recognized for volunteering 1,161 hours in the gift shop during the year, bringing her lifetime volunteer hours total to 15,000. Betty Porter of Southington reached the 10,000-hour milestone. She volunteered the most hours during the year, 1,214, bringing her lifetime total to 10,600 hours.

“All of our volunteers are extremely dedicated to the hospital, but Yvonne, Betty and Mary Messier (of Southington) take it to a higher level, volunteering almost 20 hours per week at the hospital,” said Anne Phelan, director of Volunteer Services. “In addition to their regular volunteer hours, they are always willing to help out by volunteering extra hours when needed.”

The New Britain General campus named Mireille Niedzwiecki of Middletown Volunteer of the Year. Niedzwiecki has volunteered for over eight years with the hospital’s Ambassador Program, primarily transporting patients throughout the hospital.

Niedzwiecki is highly regarded throughout the hospital and received multiple nominations from staff for the Volunteer of the Year honor, Phelan said. According to one of her nomination letters, “Mireille is an amazing volunteer. She is always here and nothing asked of her is too much of a bother. Her cheerfulness and wonderful personality are calming for our patients and much appreciated by staff.”

During the past year, the 297 New Britain General campus volunteers dedicated 44,324 hours to the hospital. The Bradley Memorial campus’ 118 volunteers donated 18,253 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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