Black & Red Honors 25 Hartford Hospital Heroes

Our collective Hartford Hospital team is immensely grateful to each of our colleagues for making our hospital one of the most respected in the country and providing a sparkling representation of Hartford HealthCare and our values.

Each year, in appreciation for our colleagues’ dedication, we recognize 25 Hartford Hospital and Institute of Living Heroes at the Black & Red. Each Hero was nominated by a fellow peer for going above and beyond the call of duty.

We congratulate and thank our 2024 Hartford Hospital Heroes:

  • Tachkia Bethune, Patient Care Associate, Oncology
  • Izabela Burzynski, RN, GI Endoscopy
  • Stephen Ciulla, Lead Medical Technologist
  • Anthony Cole, Patient Care Technician, Emergency Department
  • Beth Ann Collins, RN, MSN, Cardiac Surgery Nurse Navigator & Liaison
  • Robert Crespo, Simulation Technician
  • Taylor Day, RN, OR CORE
  • Anthony Fortes, RN, Inpatient Rehab Unit
  • Jillian Garner, Patient Care Technician, Bliss 5
  • Pamela Johnson, MPH, CCRC, Research Education and QI Program Manager
  • Guaso Jurado, RN, Bone & Joint Institute OR
  • Katie Leahy, RN, Emergency Department Case Manager
  • Daniel Lynch, Physician Assistant, Transplant Surgery
  • Heather Magnan, Respiratory Therapist
  • Dacia Mathis, Staffing Analyst
  • Denielle McCarthy, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, Geriatric Psychiatry Program Manager
  • Katie Ortiz, RN, BSN, Nurse Clinical Leader, STAR Team
  • Carmen Z. Pagan, Medical Assistant, Comprehensive Liver Center
  • Patricia Rinalidi, Volunteer, Retired Hartford Hospital RN
  • Jasmine Rivera RN, BSN, ACM, HHIRU Case Manager
  • Dorely Roldan, Community Outreach Manager
  • Princess Josephine Russell-Blidgen, LCSW, Inpatient Medicine Social Worker
  • Jay Schall, EMS Communications Specialist
  • Rich Sipala, Sergeant/K-9 Unit, Public Safety
  • Sarah Wheeler, RN, Emergency Department

Two Colleagues Invited as Honored Guests for Their Excellent Care and Service

Hartford Hospital Philanthropy is pleased to recognize our clinical colleagues—Justin Ude and Shaun Samuels—who both attended the Black & Red gala as the honored guests of a grateful family.

“Shaun’s knack for building personal connections with patients and their families fosters trust and comfort during their most vulnerable moments, “shared Tara L. Eshoo, MSN, RN, Bliss 8 Nurse Manager. “Justin’s gentle and kind approach contributes to a comforting atmosphere for both patients and their families.”

You can learn more about the 2024 Black & Red and explore the gala’s online photo gallery here.