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Hospital’s Family BirthPlace Rededicated for Beloved Doctor

New Britain [June 02 2006] - A beloved New Britain doctor and educator who delivered hundreds of babies was remembered today when the Family BirthPlace at New Britain General Hospital was renamed in his honor.

Ferdinand Sauer, MD, an obstetrician at the hospital for 25 years, was memorialized today with the renaming of the BirthPlace. Dr. Sauer’s unexpected death in June 2003 at the age of 57 sent a shockwave through the hospital community. At the time, he was associate chief of obstetrics and gynecology and assistant chief of staff.

At the dedication, Hospital President Laurence A. Tanner, said, “I am sorry we have to be here at all today. Ferd’s loss is one that we still feel profoundly.” Tanner remembered Dr. Sauer as a great educator; a physician one who always put his patients first and appreciated every member of his team; and an advocate for the maternal-child health program. “He always had the answers before you had the questions,” Tanner said.

The ceremony, held in the lobby of the Family BirthPlace, was attended by Dr. Sauer’s wife, Kathleen, and family members, as well as more than 150 grateful patients and admiring colleagues.

The ceremony also included remarks from Congresswoman Nancy Johnson, Dr. Sharon Goldberg, and his son Jeremy Sauer. A proclamation from the City of New Britain was presented by Suzanne Bielinski, president pro tempore of the New Britain Common Council.

David Obedzinski, the hospital’s director of development, unveiled a marble plaque which reads in part, “The Family BirthPlace is dedicated in celebration of the life of Ferdinand Sauer, MD, who served this hospital as an attending physician for twenty five years…Brilliant and wise, talented and devoted, Dr. Sauer encouraged others to appreciate that teams of people accomplish more than individuals ever can… Ferd Sauer touched the lives of many, and left this hospital, and the world, a better place.” Obedzinski presented Kathleen Sauer with a smaller replica of the plaque.

In his remarks, Jeremy Sauer said, “When I was very young, I saw my dad as a superhero, always swooping in after saving someone’s life or delivering a baby… When I became a little older, I saw my dad as a celebrity. No matter where we went, people knew him… Now that I’m older, I see that my dad was many things to many people. To me, he is a simply a great role model.”

Dr. Sharon Goldberg, who studied under Dr. Sauer and later joined his practice, spoke of his passion and “infectious enthusiasm” for his profession.

Dr. Sauer completed his residency at the UConn Health Center and New Britain General from 1975 to 1977, becoming chief resident in 1978. He joined the Grove Hill Medical Center in ’78. He was appointed associate chief of obstetrics and gynecology in 1992. He was also a clinical professor and credited with training many Ob-Gyns now in practice in Connecticut and beyond. Over the years, Dr. Sauer served in many capacities at New Britain General as well as the UConn Health Center and other agencies.

“Ferd Sauer was the epitome of everything that an obstetric gynecologist should be,” said John Andreoli, MD, a long time colleague and friend, who succeeded Dr. Sauer as associate chief of obstetrics and gynecology in 2003.

“Dr. Sauer was my associate chief for years,” said Jill Lombardi, RN, director of maternal child nursing. “He was a resident when I started 30 years “He was one of the nicest people in the whole world and he never lost sight of who he was really there for.”


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