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he second annual Healium Ball was held on May 7, 2011, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, raising $225,000 for cancer programs. This signature black tie event consisted of an elegant cocktail reception with abundant passed hors d'oeuvres followed by a gourmet dinner and dancing. Bock & Blu provided live music that kept the crowd dancing all night. The walls were beautifully lit with projections of a fairytale forest, while the tables were decorated in castle form with towers of orchids and roses cascading throughout the room.A tribute to cancer survivorship video, featuring Meg Berté Owen and the Berté family, brought a positive message about survivorship to the 250 attendees, inspiring a standing ovation. A brief speaking program featured Jeffrey Heidtman, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of ECHN, and Peter Karl, President and CEO. After dinner, a grateful patient video clip was presented of Charles Lindsey, who then stepped on stage to share his remarkable story. This brought the attendees to their feet again.The Healium Ball, first held in 2010, is a celebration by the community of the state-of-the-art services offered at the Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute, housed at the John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center. This year, the proceeds from the Healium Ball were used to fund two critical support programs associated with the Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute: Nurse Navigation, through the DeQuattro Cancer Center Fund, and Survivorship Navigation, through the Meg Berté Owen Survivorship Fund.These two services provide non-reimbursable care that supports patients and families before, during and after medical treatments. Both programs are vital to the overall healing of each cancer patient and help guide them through their journey. Many times cancer causes additional complexities such as nutritional, emotional/psychosocial and financial issues. Navigators partner with the patient and family to identify options that involve counseling and education, transportation arrangements and complementary and integrative medicine therapies.All of these supports are in place at the Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute for each and every patient, but are solely funded through philanthropic contributions. Generous support for these services is valued and critical to keep these programs in place for our neighbors, families and friends in Eastern Connecticut.This event would not have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors. Presenting SponsorCommunity CancerCare Silver SponsorsMedical Oncology & Blood Disorders, LLPAmbulance Service of Manchester Neighbors & Friends SponsorsConnecticut Business SystemsGriffin York & KrauseHartford Radiation Oncology AssociatesMurtha CullinaShopRite of ManchesterMrs. Valerie F. DeQuattroMrs. Josephine KrikorianMEI Healthcare GroupRobinson & ColeVisiting Nurse & Health Services of ConnecticutVery special thanks to ShopRite of Manchester for the generous donation of stunning floral arrangements for the tables, and to Chris and Carolyn Didden for their generous donation of 2Fly wines.9

At ECHN we believe successful hip or knee replacement surgery is a Joint Effort. Joint Effort is a free, pre-operative education program offered monthly at Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital. This free, two-hour workshop features orthopedic nurses, care managers and physical therapists, who thoroughly review the surgical and recovery experience, pain management and the rehabilitation process. Patients who attend Joint Effort share that they feel more informed, less anxious and are able to be more proactive in their own recovery. Joint Effort is open to patients with a surgical date, or those currently exploring options. Caregivers, family members and patients of other regional facilities are also welcomed and encouraged to attend.This program is generously sponsored by the Auxiliary of Manchester Memorial Hospital.he auxiliaries of Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital are organizations dedicated to supporting the hospitals. Since the inception of these organizations, members of the auxiliaries have worked as volunteers at the hospitals to raise funds that have been donated to the hospitals to purchase equipment and enhance services.The Auxiliary of Manchester Memorial Hospital celebrated its 85th year of service in 2008 and to date has donated more than $4 million to the hospital. The Auxiliary also is involved with special services such as coordinating the Tree of Love during the holiday season, offering scholarships to high school students in the region, and running the following shops: the Gift Shop at Manchester Memorial Hospital, the DeQuattro Boutique specializing in products for cancer patients undergoing therapy, and The Penny Saver Thrift Shop on Broad Street in Manchester.The Rockville General Hospital Auxiliary celebrated its 65th year of service in 2008, and to date has distributed more than $1 million to the hospital. The Auxiliary also is involved with special services such as coordinating the Light of Life during the holiday season, offering scholarships to high school students in the region, hosting the Bountiful Baskets fundraiser each fall, and running the Gift Shops at Rockville General Hospital and Woodlake at Tolland.Hundreds of men and women in the community are members of the auxiliaries. Membership dues are a nominal amount, and there is no pressure to be an active member unless one wants to do so. Joining the auxiliary is a way to support and give back to the community.For more information on the Auxiliary of Manchester Memorial Hospital or to join, please call 860.647.6842.For more information on the Rockville General Hospital Auxiliary or to join, please call 860.872.5141.10860.647.4753