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35-Year Nurse Receives Hospital’s Community Service Award

New Britain [December 19 2005] - The Loretta Martinelli Award for community service was given to a 35-year veteran of New Britain General Hospital, Mary Marrocco, RN, at the hospital’s annual corporators’ meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

In making the presentation, Board Chairman Harry N. Mazadoorian said, “The award is given annually by the hospital to honor one extraordinary individual who exemplifies caring and has made a significant contribution to the community.

“This year, the award goes to a remarkably dedicated 35-year veteran of our hospital — Mary Marrocco, RN, Clinical Manager for E2 and the Same Day Medical Unit. Mary displays dedication, devotion, and passion in everything she does — here with patients and staff, and with others in the community.”

The award carries with it a $100 cash prize and a contribution of $500 made in the name of the awardee to the charity of her choice; Marrocco designated St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, in Memphis, Tennessee for the gift.

“Loretta was an inspiration to participate in community service. I am greatly honored to receive this award. “It was through involvement with CARC that I met Loretta. She and my husband served on the board together and when she volunteered at NBGH, we would often speak about how important it is to be active in the community,” Marrocco said.

Marrocco has worked at NBGH for since April 1971, most recently on E2 and the same day medical unit. She is a member of the NBGH Auxilliary, and past president of the NBGH Alumni Association, the St Andrew Church Parish Council, St Andrew Church Ladies Guild, and the Bristol Jaycee Women. She is an election moderator for the City of New Britain and helped organize the Neighborhood Watch Program in her neighborhood. She has also been active in the parent teacher organizations of Holy Cross School and Xavier High School.

Mary’s husband Frank (a corporator) explained that in addition to her own chosen activities, she actively supports many of the organizations in which he is involved — the Lions Club, CCARC, New Britain EMS, Salvation Army, and Connecticut Jaycees.
But what prompted nurse director Lucille Taylor to nominate Mary for this award was simply the way in which Mary gives of herself to just about anyone without fanfare and without any concern for recognition. “Most recently,” Lucille said, “Mary attended the funeral of an elderly woman in the community. She explained to me that this lady was the last of a group of elderly ladies that Mary visited regularly, to give them rides, to get something from the store, or just to visit for companionship. Mary has a great heart. She cares deeply about her work here at NBGH and in her community.”

Mary and Frank have three children, Anne, Shawn, and Robert, and two grandchildren.

Loretta Martinelli was a member of the NBGH Board of Directors until her death in 1996. She was committed to community service and received numerous awards for her volunteer work. The purpose of the award is to recognize a full-time employee who demonstrates the commitment to the community exemplified by Loretta.

The Loretta Martinelli Community Service Award was created to honor one individual each year who has been a dedicated employee at NBGH for at least two years, and has made a notable contribution to the well-being of our community. The winner of the award receives a $100 gift, and a contribution of $500 made in his or her name to a charity of their choice.


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