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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