$1.3 million fund to benefit The Hospital of Central Connecticut

February 14, 2014 By Kimberly Gensicki, 860-224-5900 X6507

New Britain - The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) has been named the beneficiary of a $1.3 million charitable fund from the estate of Myrna (Morse) Pauloz through the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain (CFGNB).

The Myrna M. Pauloz Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain Campus Fund will, per Pauloz’s wishes, be used to benefit patients of the hospital, including through annual charitable distributions to support medical research relating to inpatient care.

“We are very grateful for this generous gift from the estate of Mrs. Myrna Pauloz,” says Lucille Janatka, Hartford HealthCare senior vice president and president of the Central Region, which includes HOCC. “The gift, which will contribute to her legacy, will certainly further our mission of patient care delivery, in part through our varied research activities.”

“The Community Foundation is proud to have been selected as Ms. Pauloz’s steward of choice for this generous bequest,” says Jim Williamson, president of CFGNB. “Our fund management capabilities and investment philosophy are designed to maximize community impact over the long-term, and will ensure that Ms. Pauloz’s charitable intentions are realized for many years to come.”

In addition to the hospital fund, Pauloz’s estate has also established at the Foundation the Myrna M. Pauloz Berlin Senior Center Fund to benefit the Berlin Senior Center; and has made direct gifts to the Berlin Lions Club and the Berlin Historical Society. Her estate is valued at approximately $2 million.

Pauloz, who died in September 2012, was the wife of the late Alfred Pauloz. The couple resided for years on Savage Hill Road in Berlin following their marriage in 1968. The former Myrna Morse was born in Berlin in 1935 and valedictorian of her 1953 Berlin High School graduating class. She was a bookkeeper at the former Skinner Chuck Company before marriage.

Myrna Pauloz grew up on the old Morse Farm, also on Savage Hill. The Morse family, which included Myrna’s parents, Myron and Ruby (Nye) Morse, has farming roots in Connecticut dating back to the 1600s. The Morse family raised chickens and sold eggs, and the farm included a vast expanse of corn fields on the East Berlin side of Rt. 372 where the Stony Mill condominium complex now stands.

Established in 1941, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain connects donors who care with causes that matter in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. It does this by raising resources and developing partnerships that make a measurable improvement in the quality of life in each of these communities. For more information, visit www.cfgnb.org.

The Hospital of Central Connecticut is a 444-bed acute care teaching hospital with two campuses, New Britain General, and Bradley Memorial in Southington. A member of Hartford HealthCare, HOCC services include emergency, inpatient, surgery, laboratory, outpatient, and radiology. Among specialty areas are cardiovascular care, metabolic health, obstetrics, oncology, orthopedics, and psychiatry/behavioral health. For more information, please visit www.thocc.org; for a physician referral, call 1-800-321-6244.