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The past twelve months have been among the most exciting times in the long and storied history of Hospital for Special Care (HSC). We have introduced new programs, celebrated milestones and continued to lay the groundwork for a vibrant future.
Last August, we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of HSC’s Ivan Lendl Adaptive Sports Camp - a program that has served hundreds of disabled athletes since 1990. A few months later, our wheelchair athletes also competed in the Eversource Hartford Marathon, at which HSC was once again a Premier Level Charity.
On November 4, 2015, Governor Dannel P. Malloy and First Lady Cathy Malloy came to HSC to cut the ribbon on HSC’s new 8-bed in-patient unit for children with autism. The new unit is Connecticut’s only in-patient autism unit and only the 10th in the nation to open. HSC received $500,000 in funding from the state’s Department of Developmental Services, through a competitive RFP process, to seed the unit.
This past February, HSC was propelled to national acclaim when Travelers Executive Chairman Jay Fishman announced that our ALS Clinic would be the primary beneficiary of the 2016 Travelers Championship. The Travelers Championship is the single largest professional sporting event in Connecticut and we are honored to have this year’s focus be on our ALS patients and their families.
Perhaps the biggest news of the year was the commencement of a year-long leadership transition that will carry us into the future. I announced my retirement as CEO of our hospital, Lynn was appointed as my successor and Dr. Paul Scalise was named Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. We have taken this one year transition period to not only learn from each other, but also to ensure the entire hospital community that the culture that makes HSC such a special place will never change.
This truly was an inspirational year at HSC. Nothing inspires us more, though, than the sustained success of the very people we are all here to serve: our patients. Both on the cover and throughout this annual report, we have highlighted just four of the many thousands of patients we have treated here at HSC. Their stories are each unique, but the inspiration they provide us as caregivers is unquestionably universal.
As we prepare to celebrate our 75th Anniversary this June, we’d like to thank you all, as always, for all of your friendship and support. Without each and every one of you, our hospital would not be where it is today!