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Hospital staff member receives community service award

New Britain [December 16 2010] - Nancy Martin, 860-224-5900, ext. 4366
Hospital of Central Connecticut Registered Nurse Paula O’Neil, a Thomaston resident, received the hospital’s Loretta Martinelli Community Service Award Dec. 15.

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.

O’Neil, clinical coordinator of the hospital’s Center for Bariatric Surgery, is committed to her patients and active in her community, hospital board of directors Chairman John Manning said in presenting the award.

In his letter nominating O’Neil for the award, Dino Costanzo, director of Metabolic Services at the hospital, noted that in 2009, O’Neil received a Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing from the Visiting Nurse Association of Southern Central Connecticut.

“As clinical coordinator for the bariatric surgery program for the past three years at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, Paula has made significant contributions to the care of the obese patient,” Costanzo wrote. “Her service to the community beyond the bedside is extensive.”

O’Neil’s community activities include serving since 2008 as chairman of the Greater Connecticut Walk from Obesity, which raises money for the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Foundation. O’Neil is also vice president of the Thomaston Visiting Nurses Association board.

She is a charter member and past president of the Thomaston Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary; served as parish nurse and a CCD instructor at St Thomas Roman Catholic Church in Thomaston; was a Thomaston Little League board member and volunteer; and a board member for Boy Scouts of America Troop 53, Thomaston.

O’Neil has also been very involved in various New England drum and bugle corps organizations, including the New London-based 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, serving as corps nurse and in other capacities. She is currently a volunteer for Drum Corps International’s Drum Corps Medical Project.

The community service award O’Neil 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. Martinelli awardees receive $100, and the hospital donates $500 to the charity of the recipient’s choice. O’Neil will donate to the 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.

Contact: Nancy Martin, 860-224-5900, X4366

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