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Hospital of Central Connecticut employees, physicians and local businesses donate gifts to cancer survivors

New Britain [June 08 2010] - Hospital of Central Connecticut employees, local physician practices and area businesses recently donated beautiful gift baskets and other prizes that helped make National Cancer Survivors Day extra special for 38 cancer survivors.

A random drawing for the baskets and other gifts was held June 6 at the hospital’s 18th annual National Cancer Survivors Day event at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. More than 800 cancer survivors and guests attended the event, sponsored by the hospital’s George Bray Cancer Center.

Donated items included generous gift certificates to area restaurants, spas and other businesses; hand-painted wine glasses; and a hand-made quilt and tote. Employees from departments throughout The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HCC) put together enormous themed baskets that included everything from a “Movie Night” basket complete with DVDs and popcorn, to a “Date Night” basket with a restaurant gift certificate and wine, to a “Money Tree” decorated with scratch-off lottery tickets.

The gift baskets have become a National Cancer Survivors Day tradition, with HCC employees and physicians and staff from local physician practices working to put together the most creative basket each year.

“These gifts donated for National Cancer Survivors Day are yet another example of the incredible generosity of Hospital of Central Connecticut employees, physicians and area businesses,” said Clarence Silvia, hospital president and CEO. “They are also evidence of how cancer touches virtually everyone’s life, and how cancer survivors inspire us all.”

Many thanks to the following, who donated gifts for National Cancer Survivors Day:
HCC departments and employees: Outpatient Oncology, Laboratory, Health Information Management, Admitting, Ambulatory Surgery, Inpatient Psychiatry, Food and Nutrition, Radiation Oncology, Main Operating Room, Night Shift Labor and Delivery Room, Social Work, HCC Breast Cancer Program, Patient Accounts, Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate, Physical Medicine, HCC Child Development Center, Janet Jacobson, MRI, Family Birth Place, Administration, Inpatient Oncology Unit and Development. Physicians and physician practices: Cancer Center of Central Connecticut, Jennifer McCallister, M.D., James Flaherty, M.D., and Grove Hill Urology Group. Businesses and other supporters: Anonymous donor, Susan Burtis and mom, Gaye Zukauskas, Helpful Hands Concierge at HCC, Nature’s Spa (Plainville), Lavender Fields (Plainville), Jessica’s Color Room (Middletown), and Mohegan Sun.

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

HCC Corporate Communications
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