Windham Hospital OBGYN A Connecticut Hospital Association “Healthcare Hero” for 2013
Windham Hospital Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Columbia, CT resident Yvette Martas, MD, has been named a Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) “Healthcare Hero” for 2013 for her work as a physician in eastern Connecticut and for her volunteer efforts helping impoverished communities in Central America and Mexico.
Martas, in private practice with Mansfield OB/GYN, was presented with the award at CHA’s Annual Meeting on June 25. She was recognized for treating women of eastern Connecticut “with dignity and compassion” and for her charitable endeavors including her work with Grounds for Health, a group that works to create sustainable and effective cervical cancer prevention and treatment programs in coffee-growing communities.
“By making a difference in women’s lives, we can also have a positive impact on the lives of their children,” Martas said. While in Chiapas, Mexico each year, Martas and her colleagues examine and care for more than 500 women.
CHA’s Healthcare Heroes award was developed in 2002 to celebrate the invaluable contributions healthcare workers make in their field and to the community at large. Now in its 12th year, the presentation of the Healthcare Heroes award has become a highlight of the CHA’s annual meeting.
The Connecticut Hospital Association has been dedicated to serving Connecticut’s hospitals since 1919. Through state and federal advocacy, CHA represents the interests of Connecticut’s hospitals on key healthcare issues in the areas of quality and patient safety, access and coverage, workforce, community health, diversity, and hospital reimbursement.
Windham Hospital, founded in 1933, is a non-profit, acute-care community hospital serving 19 eastern Connecticut towns. It has 131 beds, conducts nearly 4,000 surgeries annually, and its emergency department has been ranked among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide for patient satisfaction.