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Hospital of Central Connecticut volunteers honored

New Britain [April 15 2011] - Hundreds of Hospital of Central Connecticut volunteers were honored April 10-16, annual National Healthcare Volunteer Week. Over the past year, 340 volunteers from the New Britain General and Bradley Memorial campuses combined donated 67,693 hours of service.

The volunteers were recognized at hospital luncheons during Volunteer Week. Several individuals in particular were honored: At Bradley Memorial, Joe Chasse, Allan Gemmell, Joan Gillette and Mary McEntee of Southington and Barbara McDonough of Plantsville surpassed 1,000 hours of volunteering each. Their names have been added to the Honor Roll.

“Each of these individuals has shown incredible commitment to our patients and the hospital through their volunteer hours,” 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 Robert B. Dornfried Sr. of Berlin as its Volunteer of the Year. He has volunteered at the hospital since 1999 and volunteers several mornings a week beginning at 5 a.m. as a patient escort with the Ambassador Program. In addition, Dornfried is active with the Red Cross, Berlin’s Lion’s Club and VFW.

In one of the many letters nominating him for the award, one nominator said, “Bob’s is the first smile you see when you enter the hospital. He’s kind, polite, dedicated and always reports to work – even if there is a foot of snow! You can always count on him being here.”

During the past year, 238 New Britain General campus volunteers dedicated 50,186 hours to the hospital. The Bradley Memorial campus’ 102 volunteers donated 18,459 hours.

Overall, volunteer hours donated at both campus equated to about $1.5 million – money the hospital can use for patients and capital improvements. 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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