July 30, 2012

CIGNA's Hocevar Elected to YMCA Board

Christopher Hocevar, president of select business for CIGNA Healthcare, has been elected to the board of directors of the YMCA of Metropolitan Hartford for a three-year term. He previously served on the board of managers of the Farmington Valley YMCA, and on the board of directors of Hartford Youth Scholars.

Branagan-Mitchell on Audubon Board

Barbara Branagan-Mitchell, owner and director of Branagan Communications Consultants LLC in New Milford, has been named to the board of directors for the Audubon Center at the Bent of the River in Southbury. In 2010, she was named Waterbury Regional Chamber's Volunteer of the Year. She is a member of the marketing committee of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra; a member of the Southbury and Woodbury Business Associations, and the Greater Tribury Chamber of Commerce.

Standard Builders Earns Award of Merit

The Connecticut Building Congress has honored Standard Builders and fellow team members with an Award of Merit in the large renovation category for their collaboration and diligence on the recently completed Great Cedar Hotel at Foxwoods Resort Casino. A panel of judges consisting of owners, architects, engineers and contractors considered a number of criteria for the award including team cooperation and collaboration, timing and budget considerations, and social and economic impact.

Robinson Receives National Honor

Curtis D. Robinson, co-founder of the Curtis D. Robinson Men's Health Institute and a St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center board member, recently received the Rosa Parks Lifetime Achievement Award from Curtis Dean, godson of Rosa Parks, at the town hall meeting on health disparities at the Bushnell Center in Hartford. The award is given to individuals who have personified the leadership legacy of Parks through acts of courage, innovation and empowerment of underserved communities. Robinson is the former president of the Hartford Lions Club. His charitable contributions include the Urban League of Greater Hartford, The Doc Hurley Scholarship Fund, the NAACP, the Sickle Cell Anemia Association, The Ace Mentoring Program of Greater Hartford, the Gen Yeshiva School and the Greater Hartford Academy of Arts.

Central CT Chambers Names Awardees

The Central CT Chambers of Commerce recently hosted its annual State of the City Breakfast and Beautification Awards at Chippanee Golf Club. The 2012 Beautification Award winners are: Tiny Teeth General Dentistry, Business Award; Bristol Public Library, Nonprofit Award; Bristol Public Works Dept., Municipal Award; Pam & Karen Stevens, Family Residence Award; Bristol Housing Authority, Multi-Family Residence Award; ESPN, Best In Show Award; Quality Coils, Chamber Choice Award; Elks Club, Mayor's Choice Award; and Dennis Costante, Best Vegetable Garden Award.

Kimberly Hall Earns National Award

Kimberly Hall South, a 180-bed Genesis HealthCare skilled nursing facility in Windsor, was recently recognized as a 2012 recipient of the Silver — Achievement in Quality award presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. The award highlights select facilities across the nation that serve as models of excellence in providing high quality care. Kimberly Hall South was one of only 52 facilities nationwide to receive the silver-level award this year. Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The program assists providers of long-term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.

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