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ilson Vega, president of Newington-based Connecticut Business Systems (CBS) since 2002, calls the monies and resources his company gives to ECHN "peanuts." He believes there's no comparison between what CBS gives and what ECHN gives back to the community. "When you donate to or work with ECHN, you always get back much more than you give," Wilson says.Still, the copier sales and service company contributes plenty of "peanuts." This year CBS donated three $4,000 smart boards for classrooms in the Clinical Day School at Manchester Memorial Hospital that serves children with behavioral health issues. CBS provided the hardware, software, installation and training to complete this tremendous gift-in-kind. CBS's other 2011 contributions to various ECHN fundraising needs totaled $20,000. Those donations included gifts to the Healium Ball (to benefit the John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center), the Meg Berté Owen Survivorship Fund, the Business Alliance for Community Health (BACH) and the Mason & Purcell Golf Classic.Wilson also donates time. Two years ago, he joined the ECHN Community Healthcare Foundation board, and CBS became a member of BACH. BACH is an ECHN membership program that promotes positive health-related education for businesses and the community. Wilson also serves on the Corporate Relations Committee of the ECHN Foundation board, which seeks to establish relationships between local businesses and ECHN."I love the culture at ECHN," Wilson says. "Senior management is close-knit. They continue to innovate even with all the tough issues in today's healthcare environment."Comprehensive Healthcare System"The awareness of the quality of care provided by ECHN - very close to home - really needs to get out more," says Wilson. He sees ECHN not as just hospitals, but as a comprehensive healthcare system that provides for everything from maternity to cancer treatment, behavioral health, elderly health, women's health and more.Between his company and ECHN, Wilson also sees a shared focus on wellness. CBS, now a part of Xerox, emphasizes employee health. CBS employees have easy access to annual health assessments, quarterly health challenges, online seminars and healthy living programs."We want our employees to understand that they can do a lot to manage, improve and sustain their own health," Wilson says.According to Wilson, the importance of healthcare and the strength of the ECHN continuum of care demand emphasis. "Local businesses need to recognize that ECHN is an incredibly responsible healthcare system and that it employs so many people. ECHN is a keystone to the community."17

he Jack Mason Memorial Golf Tournament and the Daniel Paul Purcell, MD, Memorial Golf Classic have been held annually since the early 1980s. These events have attracted strong support from local businesses and community representatives. At a meeting between the Mason and Purcell families and the principals of ECHN and the ECHN Foundation after the 2010 tournaments, it was determined that combining these two tournaments into one was the most effective use of our resources and would bring the most benefit to both hospitals. Combining efforts and operating as one golf tournament would illustrate the unification of the ECHN organization, considerably reduce expenses and celebrate the historical merging of two established families in the Eastern Connecticut community.ECHN extends its gratitude to the following sponsors: Scoreboard SponsorsAllscriptsBNY Mellon Wealth ManagementRegistration Table SponsorsCerner CorporationConnecticut Business SystemsCrown Healthcare Apparel ServicesCWPM, LLC DeRoyal IndustriesEMC CorporationHarmony Healthcare International, Inc.Durant, Nichols, Houston, Hodgson & Cortese-Costa, PCThe first combined Mason & Purcell Golf Classic was held on Monday, July 25, 2011, at Tumble Brook Country Club in Bloomfield. This new tournament raised more than $135,000 to benefit Manchester Memorial and Rockville General Hospitals. The day of golf included lunch on the course, a cocktail reception, a live and silent auction and dinner, attracting close to 220 golfers.Lynch Toyota ScionInternational Computerware, Inc.Morrison & MahoneyO'Brien, Tanski & YoungVisiting Nurse & Health Services of Connecticut, Inc.Eastern Connecticut Pathology Consultants, PCWolff Financial Group, LLCAppreciation is also extended to John Fleet and Fleet Business Products, Hartford Distributors, Highland Park Market, Mercer, Bill Niarakis, Ten Penny Ale, and Tumble Brook Country Club for their generous in-kind donations.Presenting SponsorFirst NiagaraCocktail SponsorAmbulance Service of Manchester Lunch SponsorsCASLE CorporationMedconn Collection Agency, LLCMercerGriffin York & KrauseRubin & Raine18860.647.4753