Natchaug Hospital is pleased to announce that the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation granted the Hospital $33,124 for the improvement of classroom technology in Natchaug’s Windham and Mansfield Clinical Day Treatment and Inpatient Schools. The grant will fund the addition of Promethian interactive whiteboards to classrooms and computer workstations that allow teachers and students to interact and utilize the boards.
Three Lions Clubs from Montville: Mohegan Pequots, Asian and Americans together with the Montville Lions added 1,542 pounds of food products to the Social Services Food Pantry of Montville just in time for Thanksgiving. Lion Ken Tucker established a joint effort with the three Lions Clubs of Montville to replenish the food used to aid those affected by Storm Sandy. Lion Governor Jan Miller ran with the idea, obtaining a $2,500 grant from Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF). (l-r) Susan Broyles, Tim Day, Wendy Wilbert, Beverly Lajoie, Bradford Ricardo-Hyde, and Ken Tucker.
AT&T Foundation presents a $5,000 grant for a Teen Program at Natchaug Hospital. (l-r) Natchaug’s Director of Ambulatory Programs, Dr. Carrie Pichie, Natchaug Board Member Judi Caracausa, AT&T External & Legislative Affairs Bill Turner, Natchaug President & CEO Dr. Stephen W. Larcen, and Natchaug Board Member Representative Betsy Ritter.
Bud McAllister volunteers for many things, and back in May of 1968 it was for a tour in the United States Army. The conflict in Vietnam was at its desperate heights at home and in theater, yet for Bud the experience would ultimately become a cornerstone of his life and work to this day.
Putnam Bank in Norwich was festive December 6 when the bank celebrated its 150th Anniversary by paying tribute to St. Vincent de Paul Place with donations of food and funding to support its community work. St. Vincent serves more than 82,000 hot meals every year to the area’s poor and homeless, and provides many other services to enable people to step forward into self-sufficiency. Left to right at the event are: Robert Halloran, Putnam’s executive vice-president and chief financial officer; Thomas Borner, president and CEO of the bank; Ben Lathrop, executive director of the Norwich Chamber of Commerce; Jillian Corbin, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul Place; Barbara Goloski, branch manager of Norwich Putnam Bank; and Jonathan Demers, the Norwich bank’s head teller.
As the temperature dropped, things inside Mohegan Sun steamed up with Bingo After Dark on November 24. Doors opened at 8pm and the event kicked off at 10pm inside Mohegan Sun’s Uncas Ballroom.
A new ATM provided by Dime Bank adds convenience for patrons of Fiddleheads, New London’s cooperative grocery store that is now in its fifth year downtown. At December 1 opening ceremonies, left to right, Richard Virgin, General Manager of Fiddleheads; Nicholas Caplanson, President of Dime Bank; and Tony Sheridan of the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of commerce, observe as Susan Zimmerman, President of Fiddleheads in New London, cuts the ATM ribbon at the organic and fair-trade grocery store.
It’s difficult to believe that it’s this cheery time of the year again but one look around at the garland draped houses, windows dressed with wreathes and of course, the lights…all remind us that it’s a special time for giving. In this issue of the Resident, Giving is exemplified by people across our region. One look at the volunteers serving up breakfast in New London’s First Congregational Church is certain to get you in the spirit of this holiday season.
AT&T Foundation presented a $5,000 grant to Natchaug Hospital to help build their Seven Challenges program, specifically for adolescents with drug problems. Natchaug, a provider of adolescent psychiatric services for 37 years, looks forward to incorporating the program into its ten-site network of mental health and addiction treatment programs. Also, Chelsea Groton Foundation granted $500 to Natchaug for its YouthWorks Program.
Synergy at its best is demonstrated by the three Lions Clubs of Montville when they purchased 1542 pounds of food product for the Social Services Food Pantry of Montville. The gathering of Lions and family members who helped unload the food products from the trucks is captured in a photo on the cover. Definitely it depicts the spirit of Giving.
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Natchaug Hospital received a $5,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation toward the incorporation of The Seven Challenges treatment model into the Hospital’s adolescent treatment programs. Developed by Robert Schwebel, Ph.D., this evidence-based holistic program fits well with Natchaug Hospital’s current adolescent psychiatric treatment programs.
The Seven Challenges program is designed specifically for adolescents with drug problems, to motivate a decision and commitment to change — and to support success in implementing the desired changes. The program simultaneously helps young people address their drug problems as well as their co-occurring life skill deficits, situational problems, and psychological problems.
The challenges provide a framework for helping youth think through their own decisions about their lives and their use of alcohol and other drugs. Counselors using The Seven Challenges program teach youth to identify and work on the issues most relevant to them.
Natchaug Hospital, a provider of adolescent psychiatric services for 37 years, looks forward to incorporating The Seven Challenges into its ten-site network of mental health and addiction treatment programs.
Natchaug Hospital is pleased to announce that the ChelseaGroton Foundation has granted $500 to the Natchaug Hospital YouthWorks vocational skills program to assist in establishing a permanent workshop.
The YouthWorks program, which teaches vocational skills to students in grades seven to 12, currently operates out of a portable workshop which travels between the Joshua Center Northeast Clinical Day Treatment (CDT) School in Danielson, and the Thames Valley CDT School in Norwich.
As Natchaug restructures its southeast programs over the next year, merging Thames Valley and the Joshua Center Montville into a new building in Norwich, a permanent workshop for the YouthWorks program will be created at the new location to offer a more robust vocational experience to the CDT students.
YouthWorks, which was started in 2009, gives students the opportunity to learn vocational skills such as carpentry, bicycle maintenance, and horticulture to help prepare them for meaningful employment after graduation.
Natchaug Hospital operates seven Clinical Day Treatment Schools across eastern Connecticut. Students are referred to Natchaug CDT by their local schools and follow individualized education plans created with collaboration between theschool district and Natchaug CDT staff.
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Natchaug Hospital announced the creation of the Natchaug Hospital Agency Endowment Fund and recognized retiring and new members of the Board of Directors at Natchaug Hospital’s 58th Annual Reception on Thursday night.
The Endowment Fund was created in partnership with the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut with $37,553.63 from the Mervyn & Olga Little Fund held by Natchaug Hospital. This endowment will be invested, and the revenue will be used by Natchaug to serve the mental health needs of Eastern Connecticut.
“Natchaug Hospital services will benefit from the stabilizing effect on finances of an endowment, which generates a steady revenue stream for programs and operations,” Dr. Larcen said. “Donors will also have more options for giving, including different types of planned gifts.”
The reception honored the four retiring board members, who collectively represent 88 years of volunteer service to Natchaug Hospital — former UConn Vice President for Student Affairs and Services, Carol Wiggins, Ph.D.; former Windham Hospital Chief of Staff, Edward Sawicki, M.D.; retired nurse practitioner an 34-year board member Toni Ellzey, APRN; and the Very Reverend Laurence LaPointe, pastor of St. Joseph Church and campus minister for ECSU and Connecticut College.
The retiring board members were recognized by Hartford HealthCare President Elliot Joseph, and were presented with Proclamations from the State of Connecticut by Representative Linda Orange (D-Colchester, East Haddam) and Representative Ed Jutila (D-East Lyme, Salem).
The five new members of the Natchaug Board of Directors were also introduced to the public at the Reception — Judi Caracausa, Carol Drescher, Michael Kurland, Michael Nee, M.D., and Bernice Szafarek, D.M.D.
“Natchaug Hospital’s staff and clients are so incredibly thankful for all that Carol, Ed, Toni and Father Larry have done for the organization over the years—they will truly be missed,” Larcen said. “We are very excited about our five new Board members and look forward to seeing the legacy they will leave at Natchaug Hospital.”
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On the evening of June 5th at the historic American Thread Mill #2 in Willimantic, the Board of Directors of Natchaug Hospital in Mansfield welcomed guests, friends, staff, and benefactors to their 54th Annual Reception.
Visitors sampled delectable hors d’oeuvres while enjoying the classical melodies performed by 11-year-old John C. Black from Barrington, RI, son of Janice Black, former CFO, Natchaug Hospital.
Distinguished guests included Raymond B. Johnson, M.D., Pfizer Global Research and Development, retired, and Chairman of the Natchaug Hospital Board of Directors; John J. Meehan, retired CEO of Hartford HealthCare and of Hartford Hospital; Stephen W. Larcen, Ph.D., President and CEO of Natchaug Hospital; and George A. Little, M.D., Director Emeritus, Natchaug Hospital.
Raymond Johnson introduced the Board of Directors. He said about George A. Little, “Over 54 years ago George helped lay the foundation of Natchaug Hospital. His first job there was in the kitchen – he sure has come a long way! George is a tremendous asset to Natchaug, where he is continuing the legacy of his parents.” Raymond then presented George with a Distinguished Service Award.
George is the son of Dr. Olga Little, a psychiatrist, and Dr. Mervyn Little, a general practitioner, who together in 1954 founded a convalescent facility for elderly, postoperative and terminally ill patients, who required psychiatric health services. Natchaug Hospital evolved over time to become the primary resource for local residents seeking mental health and substance abuse services. George, former chairman of the Department of Maternal and Child Health at Dartmouth Medical Center, is an internationally respected academic pediatrician.
Natchaug’s Capital Campaign 2007-08 encompassed expansion of the hospital’s Child and Adolescent Inpatient Treatment Unit and improvements to the adult inpatient unit. Natchaug Hospital provides a regional system of care for children, adolescents, and adults with mental illnesses, emotional traumas, substance abuse, and behavioral health problems. The hospital provides care to more than 2,000 children and adolescents each year in their special schools, after-school and inpatient programs. Lawrence and Memorial, Backus, Windham, Day Kimball, and Middlesex Hospitals, and CT Children’s Medical Center rely on Natchaug to provide inpatient care for young patients with psychiatric illnesses. Admissions to Natchaug Hospital’s child and adolescent unit increased by 40 percent since 2003.
John Meehan said, “Natchaug Hospital is the anchor of Eastern CT – very responsive to mental health needs. This is a community hospital – an institution of the community, in the community.” Natchaug formalized its affiliation with Hartford HealthCare Corporation (HHCC) in 1998. Stephen Larcen responded, “Throughout our 10-year relationship with Hartford HealthCare there have been nothing but benefits. We could not have done it without John.”
Kate Mattias, Executive Director, NAMI-CT, wrapped the evening up by delivering a presentation, Building Brighter Futures for Children, which outlined the support systems NAMI offers for people suffering from mental illness and their families. Kate explained, “NAMI’s mission is support, education, and advocacy. Today families want early identification of issues, effective intervention, a reduction in stigmas, and the removal of barriers that prevent families from accessing services.”