Hospital Auxiliary awards two scholarships

July 10, 2014 By Kimberly Gensicki

Two 2014 graduates of New Britain High School who will be pursuing studies in medical careers have each received a $1,000 scholarship from the Hospital of Central Connecticut New Britain General campus Auxiliary. 

Auxiliary President Judy Kilduff says both scholarship recipients have been dedicated HOCC volunteers. 

David Youkhateh received the Kathleen E. Boudreau Scholarship, designated for a high school senior interested in pursuing a nursing career. Youkhateh, an HOCC volunteer since 2009, was inspired to enter the field by seeing the work of HOCC nurses. He will attend the University of Connecticut this fall. 

This scholarship was established by Boudreau’s daughter, Marleen Flory of Minnesota, to honor her mother. Boudreau was a long-serving hospital volunteer during the 1970s and ’80s, and an LPN. The 2014 recipient was selected from applications received from senior high school students in Berlin, Kensington, New Britain, Newington, Plainville and Southington. 

Katarzyna Krolak, salutatorian of New Britain High School Class of 2014, received the Gertrude Malcynsky Scholarship in Allied Health. An HOCC volunteer since 2011, Krolak will pursue a degree in allied health sciences/biology with a minor in psychology at the University of Connecticut. Her goal is to be a dermatological physician assistant. 

Over the past several decades, the Auxiliary has donated thousands of dollars to high school seniors pursuing careers in health care. 

The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) is a 414-bed, 32-bassinet 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; for a physician referral, call 1-800-321-6244.