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Hospital of Central Connecticut Employees Recognized for Service, Dedication

New Britain [May 19 2009] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut recognized 272 employees May 13 during the annual Employee Recognition Awards ceremony at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.

Employees from both the Bradley Memorial and New Britain General campuses were honored for achieving service milestones in the preceding year, including Barbara Olsen, a unit secretary in the New Britain General campus Emergency Department, who has 45 years of service. Six employees were honored for 40 years of service; 11 for 35 years of service; and 17 for 30 years of service. In addition, many more were honored for 25, 20, 15, 10, and five years of service.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the President’s Award for Excellence in Customer Service to Mike Meehan of Plainville, a carpenter with the hospital’s Maintenance department for 33 years. His prize is a stay for himself and his family at the Mohonk Mountain House, a resort in New York’s scenic Hudson Valley.

The annual Award for Excellence is the hospital’s highest customer service honor. It’s designed to recognize an outstanding employee who embodies exemplary customer service, an ongoing commitment to customers, innovation and creativity in resolving customer issues and continuous improvement in customer service.

“This year’s award winner goes above and beyond to understand and appreciate the needs of his customers in his effort to creatively develop effective solutions,” said hospital President Laurence A. Tanner. “From the simple fix to the complex project, his work has enhanced the work environment by adding convenience and comfort and improving overall patient and employee safety.”
Meehan was nominated by staff with the hospital’s Child Development Center, where he redesigned cabinets, closets and other areas to make them more “child-friendly.”

Meehan said the award was an unexpected honor.
“It was definitely a surprise,” he said. “I’m proud to be a member of a team of employees who are so committed to quality patient care.”

Other awards presented that evening included the Outstanding Nurse Preceptor Award, presented to Lauren Cragin, R.N., of the New Britain General campus surgical/bariatric unit for her work mentoring new nurses; and a Medical Staff Recognition Award, presented to Ashley Castellani, practice manager with the New Britain Emergency Department, who was nominated by department physicians.

Contact: Nancy Martin, 860-224-5900, ext. 4366

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