(Torrington, CT) – The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) received a gift of $5,200 from the Northwestern Connecticut Dialysis Fund that was used to renovate and add patient centered improvements to the hospital’s two-bed Dialysis Unit. New technology, shelving, supplies, and paintings were added to the unit to enhance its functionality and comfort for patients while they undergo dialysis treatments and medical care.
The Northwestern Connecticut Dialysis Fund, Inc. was formed in 1972 by Joseph Marcantonio with a group of friends and family members of local dialysis patients to help provide them with financial support for medical and transportation costs related to treatments and Kidney Disease. The Fund also helped CHH purchase equipment for the Dialysis Unit in the early years.
“In the 1970s, dialysis treatments were not covered by Medicare causing a great need in the community for some type of help. We wanted to help our friends and loved ones with their care so we started having fundraisers to fund our goal. Over the years our board raised over $350,000 through fundraisers, special events, and memorial donations.” said President Janice Colangelo. “We are so happy that CHH could use our assistance to ensure that dialysis patients at the hospital have a nicely appointed setting for their treatments.” she added.
Times have changed and now treatments are covered by insurance and take less time and resources. Having served their mission for over 42 years, the Board of Directors winded down the foundation in 2014 with their final gift to CHH.
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, serving 100,000 residents of northwest Connecticut in 15 towns. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org.
(Left to right) Teresa Fuller, CHH Administrative Director, Foundation members Janice Colangelo, Bonnie Rossi, Jeanne Barrio (seated), Jayne Martigneni, and Brian Mattiello, CHH Vice President of Organizational Development review improvement to the Hospital’s Dialysis Unit. (Board Members not present are Delia R. Donne, Robert DellaDonna, Lawrence M. Peck, Jr., and Keith M. Phalen.