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Hospital Staff Member Receives Community Service Award

New Britain [December 18 2009] - Rusty Kimball of New Britain, a Hospital of Central Connecticut employee, received the hospital’s Loretta Martinelli Community Service Award Dec. 16.

The award, presented at the hospital corporators’ meeting, is given annually to a dedicated employee who has made a notable contribution to the well-being of the community and displays compassion, integrity, and respect for others.

Kimball has been the hospital photographer for 29 years. In presenting the Martinelli Award, hospital board of directors Chairman Frank Miller noted that Kimball photographs a wide variety of hospital functions and activities and often works evenings, weekends and early mornings. He has “an accommodating attitude and a willingness to go the extra mile for all who request it,” Miller said.

Kimball is also dedicated to the community and some of its neediest children. For the past four years, he and his wife, Larayne, son, Garrett, and daughter, Tyler, have taken in 13 foster children, from newborns to teen-agers. Many come from difficult situations, and the Kimball family “opens their home and their hearts” to them, Miller said.

Kimball and his family work extra hard to help these children deal with the physical, social and emotional problems that can result from the children’s challenging situations.

“I’m surprised, but honored to receive the Loretta Martinelli award,” Kimball said. “I have to give the credit to my wife, Larayne, and my family for everything they do to help these children.”

The community service award Kimball received is named for Loretta Martinelli, a member of the New Britain General Hospital board of directors until her death in 1996. Martinelli was committed to community service and received numerous awards for her volunteer work.

Awardees receive $100, and the hospital donates $500 to the charity of the recipient’s choice. Kimball chose the hospital’s New Britain Asthma Initiative, which, in partnership with the New Britain Health Department, provides a free case management program for children with asthma and their families.

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

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