Norwalk, Stratford residents receive top employee awards at Bridgeport Hospital

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Connecticut Burn Center physician assistant Katharine (Kate) Connolly of Norwalk was named 2015-2016 Employee of the Year, and social worker Ellen Massey of Stratford received the George B. and Alice P. Longstreth Humanness Award during Bridgeport Hospital’s May 25 Employee Recognition Dinner at Webster Bank Arena.

“Kate is a healer,” said President and CEO William M. Jennings, echoing comments from her colleagues. “Her special knowledge contributes to our patients’ experience and supports the staff.”

Connolly was also cited for being instrumental in the burn center’s burn survivor program, which encourages participation in activities that promote healing and help patients return to their daily lives.

Bridgeport Hospital Foundation President Stephen M. Jakab presented Massey, who works in the Care Coordination department, with the Longstreth award. Named for a former hospital board member and his wife, a longtime hospital volunteer, the award recognizes the humanitarian side of patient care.

“Ellen’s caring and empathy are unmatched,” Jakab said, quoting Massey’s peers. Her knowledge, values and opinions are invaluable. She spends quality time with her patients and families, who appreciate her personal, professional approach.” More than 500 employees were recognized at the dinner for achieving milestones of five to 50 years of service.

“Your dedication and compassionate service to our patients, their families and each other, and your attention to quality and safety is what keeps our hospital and health system strong, despite the challenges we face each and every day,” hospital Board of Directors Chairman Newman Marsilius told the audience. “You are not only part of our healthcare system – you are role models for the system. We cannot thank you enough for what you do.”

Medical Staff President Jairo Eduardo Castillo, MD, added his thanks to employees. “There has been tremendous change in health care since I came to the hospital 25 years ago,” he said. “We have formulated pathways and found ways to provide better care. You are the reason for our success.”

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Ellen Massey

Katharine Connolly

Bridgeport Hospital, part of Yale New Haven Health, is a non-profit 501-bed acute care hospital with two campuses (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale New Haven Children's Hospital). Its Bridgeport and Milford Campuses serve patients from across the region. The hospital admits more than 23,000 patients and provides nearly 350,000 outpatient treatments annually. The Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital is the only burn center in the state and one of only 64 verified burn centers in the United States. Bridgeport Hospital is committed to providing safe, compassionate and cost efficient care to its patients and the community.