Press Release

Farmington Resident Funds Scholarship in Memory of Brother Who Fought in World War II

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (March 9, 2010) - John Timura was just one week shy of his twenty-first birthday when he was killed in action fighting in Italy in World War II. Now, on the sixty-fifth anniversary of John’s death, Farmington resident Michael Timura is honoring his brother’s ultimate sacrifice to his country by establishing a scholarship in his name at Hospital for Special Care (HSC).

The John Timura Management of Information Systems (MIS) Scholarship will provide financial support to a student enrolled in a MIS program with a concentration in healthcare informatics. Applications for the first annual scholarship will become available in September 2010.

“Eligible students must be pursuing a MIS degree on a full-time or part-time basis leading to a four-year baccalaureate degree with the healthcare concentration,” noted David Crandall, HSC President and CEO. “One scholarship will be awarded annually to a candidate residing in the Greater Hartford area and attending one of the following colleges or universities: Central Connecticut State University, University of Hartford, Trinity College, Saint Joseph College or the University of Connecticut,” added Crandall.

With computerization and technological advancement on the rise, Michael Timura’s individual interest in making healthcare data more secure was a logical focus when developing the MIS scholarship.

“We need capable young people going into this field, and we need the best and brightest minds to get us there,” Timura said. “The MIS scholarship will ensure that the new generation of young men and women entering the field of healthcare informatics will be our finest and most prepared yet. Who among us really knows what demands will be placed on hospitals in the coming decades with respect to technology? We must learn how to best preserve, protect and disseminate critical patient healthcare information.”

Michael Timura, a long-time friend, business associate and benefactor of Hospital for Special Care, established the scholarship gift through his own successful career, which helped with the decision to fund the gift. “If John had been given a full life with all of the opportunities I had, his accomplishments would have been formidable,” said Timura.

“My brother never had a chance to experience what he might have done for the business world,” said Timura. “This gift personifies John’s courage and duty to country, and the unbreakable bond between brothers.”

The MIS scholarship is the second such scholarship funded by Timura at Hospital for Special Care. A nursing scholarship, which he launched in 2000 in honor of his wife, Florence Timura, provides annual scholarships to students attending college in the Greater New Britain area and pursing a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

For more information on HSC’s scholarship program, please contact Sheila Hogan, Vice President, Hospital for Special Care Foundation, at (860) 832-6257.