Windham Hospital Garners State and National Recognition
WILLIMANTIC, CT- June 19, 2008. Windham Community Memorial Hospital was honored at the Connecticut Hospital Association’s 90th annual meeting at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville, CT with the coveted Community Service Award. The Connecticut Hospital Community Service Award is sponsored jointly each year by CHA and the state Department of Public Health and recognizes innovative programs that meet specific needs of a targeted segment of the community. Windham Hospital’s Prenatal Clinic received this award for the health, education and obstetrical services that are provided at no charge to more than 100 poor, underserved and at-risk women annually.
“We are very proud of the outstanding staff at the Prenatal Clinic and the excellent services that are offered by Mansfield OB/GYN Associates. The program’s track record of success in reaching out and caring for women in need of perinatal services is a true demonstration of the commitment
these individuals are making to the health and welfare of our region,” commented Dick Brvenik, President and CEO, Windham Hospital.
Dr. Edward Sawicki was also recognized as a Healthcare Hero at the meeting, based on an essay submitted by staff nurse, Shelly Racine, RN from the 4-Shea Medical-Surgical Unit. In her essay Racine noted, “His practice of medicine is truly both an art and a science. He has enriched the lives of many people over the course of his long and distinguished medical career, both his patients and his colleagues. It is going to be a very sad day for all when he retires at the end of June.”
Dr. Sawicki was thanked by Patrick Charmel, Chairman of the CHA Board in front of a crowd of nearly 500 healthcare professionals for his leadership as the first active physician chair of the CHA from 1999-2000.
A special presentation from the American Hospital Association was made to Chairman, Art Brodeur in honor and recognition of Windham Community Memorial Hospital’s 75 years of distinguished service. The AHA commended the leadership, caregivers and staff of WCMH for preserving and strengthening the bond between the hospital and the communities it serves over the past 75 years while bringing the latest healthcare technology, clinical excellence and innovation in care delivery to its patients.