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President of CCSU Elected to Hospital Board of Directors

New Britain [December 19 2005] - John W. Miller, Ph.D., president of Central Connecticut State University, was elected to the New Britain General Hospital board of directors at the hospital’s annual meeting of its corporators on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

This came at a meeting that also featured a presentation by State Public Health Commissioner J. Robert Galvin, MD, MPH, as well as outgoing board Chairman Harry N. Mazadoorian, and Hospital President Laurence A. Tanner.

Miller came to CCSU earlier this year from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he was chancellor for six years. Previously, he was dean of the college of education at Florida State University and served as a professor and administrator at Georgia Southern and Wichita State Universities.

“This area is fortunate to have a highly respected acute-care, community-based general hospital,” Miller said, “and I am honored to be asked to serve on its board. The university and the hospital are longtime institutions in the region, and our linkages from 19th century beginnings to 21st century advances prove that good things can develop when concerned citizens come together with a common goal: service.”

The meeting drew more than 150 corporators from New Britain and surrounding communities. Four directors were also reelected to the board: Connie Collins, Thomas Sherer, Edward Toffolon, MD, and Lindsley Wellman.

Board Chairman Harry Mazadoorian congratulated the hospital staff for an excellent year. He also recognized the huge role played by volunteers and the Auxiliary in keeping the Hospital strong.

He also noted the success of the recent $7.5 million capital campaign and the crucial role of community support. He congratulated the 24 newly appointed corporators and thanked all corporators for their support and continuing interest in the the hospital.

Hospital President Laurence A. Tanner discussed accomplishments of 2005, which included:

  • a positive bottom line,

  • record-breaking high inpatient volume and Emergency Department visits,

  • a successful capital campaign,

  • state approval to merge with Bradley Memorial Hospital in Southington,

  • the introduction of emergency angioplasty,

  • increased patient satisfaction,

  • physician and nurse recruitment,

  • and, quality care improvements.

The year also saw many capital improvements and renovations, including

  • opening the American Savings Foundation Radiation Therapy facility,

  • completing of the cardiac catheterization suite,

  • opening a second interventional radiology suite,

  • remodeling medical records and lecture rooms,

  • a new internet café,

  • and increased security for the Family BirthPlace and pediatric units.

A video, “A Great Year at a Great Hospital,” which summarized the year’s highlights, was also shown.
Commissioner J. Robert Galvin, MD, MPH, of the state department of public health, spoke about the state’s commitment to improving quality in healthcare, and the increasing number of ways consumers can gain information about an individual facility’s performance. He predicted that, in the future, more people will consult these sources when making important healthcare decisions.

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