Nursing school graduate establishes scholarship for hospital nurses

June 25, 2015

DianeRamy_026A 1961 graduate of the former New Britain General School of Nursing has established the Diane Ramy Faulconer Scholars Program to support continuing education of nurses employed by The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC).

The scholarship was announced at HOCC where Diane Ramy was a guest speaker at a Certified Nurses Day celebration in March. Ramy’s $50,000 donation to HOCC will support registered nurses who work at the hospital and seek to return to school for a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree in nursing, or a certification. She also established a major planned gift through a charitable trust that will further support HOCC nursing education.

Ramy said the scholarship program at HOCC was created to recognize the nursing school where she received the educational foundation that led to a prestigious career in the nursing field. “I wanted HOCC to be one of my five charitable trusts that I have established because of the quality of education I received and I wanted to make scholarships available to those nurses committed to continuing their education; and hopefully HOCC will become a Magnet hospital for nursing.”

A New Britain native and 1958 graduate of New Britain Senior High School, Ramy distinguished herself in the field of nursing, primarily at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Fla., where she served in numerous leadership roles. She was also assistant director of surgical and ambulatory services at Boca Raton Hospital, Florida. She was employed by Ernst & Young as an executive management consultant and later had her own consulting business. She authored more than 35 articles that were published in six professional journals and has served on multiple boards of directors, including as national membership committee chair of the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN). Ramy earned a bachelor’s degree in health sciences and a master’s degree in management from the College of Business at Florida International University, where she later completed post-graduate work in emergency services administration.

She is the daughter of the late Frank (Ray) Ramy and Marianne Tortorige Ramy of New Britain. Ramy and her late husband, Prentiss Lee Faulconer Jr., made it their mission to give back to the community through planned giving and support of the advancement of nursing professionals. Their philanthropic focus has been recognized with numerous awards, including the F.I.U. Torch Award in March in recognition of her professional achievements and her contribution to society.

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.