Hartford Hospital Philanthropy News

June 2018

In Appreciation of Team Towanda

  Team Towanda June 2018
  From left are Elizabeth Brady, MD; Judith Pepe, MD; Monica Smith, CIO, Team Towanda Foundation; Alison Caxide, president, Team Towanda Foundation; Debbie Garten, vice president, Team Towanda Foundation; Karen Weingrod, manager, Partnership for Breast Care at Hartford Hospital; Ellen Hollister, treasurer, Team Towanda Foundation; Judith Melchreit, director emeritus and former president, Team Towanda Foundation; and Andrew Salner, MD, medical director, Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital.

Team Towanda has been Hartford Hospital’s ally in the fight against breast cancer for more than 15 years. In addition to raising awareness about the disease and the importance of early detection, Team Towanda has provided funding for mammograms and breast-related services for uninsured and medically underserved women in the region; supplied more than 2,000 care bags for Hartford Hospital breast clinic cancer patients; and donated two ultrasound machines to the hospital’s breast care program. After years of supporting breast health initiatives and cancer care in Greater Hartford through cookbook sales and events, Team Towanda is winding down. At a reception June 26, representatives from the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital shared their appreciation with Team Towanda. “Financial support from Team Towanda has been tremendous; the events, life affirming and celebratory. But most important has been the power of this incredible group to care for so many. Team Towanda’s generosity of spirit, commitment, and extraordinary energy have been a gift to us all,” said Karen Weingrod, manager of Partnership for Breast Care at Hartford Hospital.

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September 2017

Lazowski Named Rabbi Emeritus;
HH and MDA Mark 5th Year of Collaboration

  Lazowski MDA Celebration

Ruth and Rabbi Philip Lazowski with Magen David Adom medic Eyal Gutman.

In a ceremony celebrating two inspired partnerships, Hartford Hospital named Rabbi Philip Lazowski the hospital’s first rabbi emeritus andrecognized the fifth anniversary of an educational collaboration with Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel's emergency medical, disaster, ambulance, and blood bank service.
      “Tonight is a celebration of leadership,” said Michael Drescher, MD, chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikvah, Israel, and senior emergency physician at Hartford Hospital. Drescher started the collaboration with MDA in 2012 and continues to steward the program, in which Israel’s first responders train with LIFE STAR, the Hartford Hospital Emergency Department, and the Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation to refine their skills. In the spring and the fall, two MDA medics train at Hartford Hospital. MDA medics Eyal Gutman and Moshe Zalach received certificates of completion of training at the September 14 ceremony.
      Lazowski has been a spiritual leader in Greater Hartford for more than 60 years, 57 of those he served as chaplain at the Institute of Living and at Hartford Hospital. The Lazowski/Kiely Multifaith Chapel, located on the first floor of Hartford Hospital, is named in honor of the rabbi and the late Father John J. Kiely.
      “The title of ‘emeritus’ clearly is reserved for those who are distinguished in their calling, as a lasting recognition of their profoundly important contributions and for serving as a model for others,” Jeffrey Flaks, president and COO of Hartford HealthCare, said at the ceremony. “Rabbi Lazowski is richly deserving of this honor.”
      More than 100 guests attended the September 14 reception honoring the MDA collaboration and Rabbi Philip Lazowski. It was held at the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute Education and Conference Center.