Honored for decades of service to Hospital for Special Care patients
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (July 22, 2011) – Hospital for Special Care and McCue Mortgage Company are proud to announce that New Britain resident, Ted Duncan, and Berlin resident, Frank Sweeney, are this year's recipients of the M. Gertrude McCue "Volunteer of the Year Award."
The volunteers donate their time and expertise to refurbish and repair donated medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility devices. These items are then made available to the public, through Hospital for Special Care's Equipment Exchange program, at no charge.
"These men volunteer their time to repair and rebuild medical equipment that would have otherwise been a new purchase," said David Crandall, president and CEO, Hospital for Special Care. "By doing so, these volunteers provide a tremendous service to families for whom the purchase of this type of equipment would be a financial burden."
Ted Duncan has volunteered at the equipment exchange since 1997, and Frank Sweeney has been with the service since 2001. Duncan and Sweeney will join 23 other previous McCue award winners on a plaque displayed in the main lobby of Hospital for Special Care. The "Volunteer of the Year Award" was launched in 1991 by Hospital for Special Care to posthumously honor M. Gertrude McCue, who dedicated more than 45 years of service, both as a patient-advocate and friend of the hospital.
"Gert" helped found the hospital's Auxiliary in 1952, as well as its gift shop and thrift store. Gertrude McCue was the wife of the late William D. McCue who founded the New Britain-based McCue Mortgage Company in 1949. Today, the company is managed by their son, William J. McCue. Hospital for Special Care volunteers, who exemplify the spirit of volunteerism and the unwavering service that Gert McCue exhibited in her lifetime, are selected as recipients of the award each year.
For more information, please call 860.827.4774.
Pictured (L to R): Judith Trzcinski, Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Hospital for Special Care; David Crandall, President & CEO, Hospital for Special Care; Kate McCue, Vice President, McCue Mortgage Company; "Volunteer of the Year" recipients Ted Duncan and Frank Sweeney; and Lyn Robinson, Director of Volunteers, Hospital for Special Care.
About Hospital for Special Care:
As the only long-term acute-care hospital in the nation serving adults and children, Hospital for Special Care (HSC), located in New Britain and Hartford, Connecticut, is nationally recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in the highly specialized areas of pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders, spinal cord injury, as well as inpatient comprehensive heart failure care. Hospital for Special Care operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England on a not-for-profit basis.
HSC is one of the ten largest, free-standing long-term acute care hospitals in the United States. Please visit www.hfsc.org  for more information.
About the McCue Mortgage Company:
The McCue Mortgage Company, with headquarters in New Britain, CT, is a leading provider of mortgage lending services in Connecticut, employing 80 mortgage professionals. Founded in 1949, McCue Mortgage has a long history of helping Connecticut homebuyers at every level of the financing spectrum, from first-time homebuyer to those refinancing their mortgages. For more information please visit www.mccuemortgage.com  or call 800-382-0017.