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Hospital of Central Connecticut nurse wins award

New Britain [May 17 2011] - A Bristol resident received The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s highest nursing honor at a dinner and awards ceremony May 12 at the hospital’s New Britain General campus.

Nancy Merrow, R.N., a nurse at the hospital for 35 years, received the Viola Larson Memorial Award for her clinical expertise, leadership, professional development and compassion and respect for patients and co-workers. She is a certified ambulatory perianesthesia nurse in the Ambulatory Surgery Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (recovery room) at HCC’s New Britain General campus.

Merrow was one of 12 nurses nominated by their peers for the award, named for the former vice president of nursing, the late Viola Larson. In nominating Merrow, her colleagues noted her commitment to improving patient care and safety; advancing her own and others’ professional development; and offering support and compassion to patients and co-workers.

“When patients are extremely anxious or tearful, Nancy is consistently there, right at their sides, offering a hand to hold, a comforting word …assisting with all of their needs,” her nominators wrote. “Nancy’s is the calming face to patients emerging from anesthesia, (she is) always respecting their dignity with her quiet voice and soothing words.”

The 11 other Viola Larson Award nominees were New Britain General campus R.N.s Roxanne Aldi and Holly Boucher, Critical Care; Elizabeth Brusznicki and Lynn Seiffert, Emergency Department; Maria Main, Family BirthPlace; Christine Pytka, Main OR; and Candace Rinaldi, Medical N3; and Bradley Memorial campus R.N.s Lois Serafino and Danytza Ward, Medical/Surgical; Carol Lewoc, Intensive Care; and Deborah Venditto, Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate.

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

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