TORRINGTON/PRESS RELEASE — In a week set aside to honor the value and contributions of nurses at hospitals across the Nation, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is thanking all of its nurses and nominating Jennifer Bellefleur, RN and Susan Kellogg, RN, for this year’s 2021 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing.
“We are so pleased to recognize and congratulate Jennifer and Susan for their devotion and commitment to their profession and patients. They are both special colleagues and mentors to so many at Charlotte.” Said Teresa Fuller, VP for Patient Care Services at HHC Northwest Region.
Jennifer Bellefleur, RN, BSN, is the Clinical Manager of Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, going above and beyond the call and leading by example each day for patients and coworkers. She is not only a strong leader, but also a loving, loyal, compassionate and empathetic caregiver who has had a lasting impact on the culture and spirit of her unit. Jen is committed to improving the experience of our team and continues to be honest and transparent about changes and challenges her team faces as they navigate the tumultuous waters of a global pandemic. Even during the darkest days, Jen’s bright light of caring, critical thinking and emotional support keeps her team cohesive and capable of delivering the very best.
Susan Kellogg, RN, CNOR, is Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s Operating Room Scheduling Coordinator and 34 year veteran of the Surgical Services Department. Throughout her career she has made a significant impact on patient caregiving support to patients, mentoring staff, and most recently ensuring that all patients receive the appropriate COVID-19 testing for upcoming surgeries. She continues to raise the bar and redefine her position, and contributes to the department’s success by cultivating relationships with surgeons’ offices so patients receive the care they need with the supplies and equipment they need. Sue is 100% the definition of a consummate team player and her willingness to step outside her typical role and support staff members throughout the department makes her a vital member of the Surgical Services team.
“All of us at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital would like to give special thanks to them and all of our dedicated nurses for their continued service.” added Dan McIntyre, Senior Vice President for HHC and President of the Northwest Region.
The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing program was originally developed by the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut to be a collaborative effort to celebrate outstanding nurses and elevate the nursing profession. The goals of the program are to encourage retention, inspire future nurses, focus public attention and recognize the breadth and scope of nursing practice at the local level.
Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners may be nominated for recognition by their employers if they are involved in clinical practice, leadership, scholarship and/or education. Nominees should have made a significant impact on patient care and the nursing profession, demonstrated excellence above what is normally expected, and shown commitment to the community served in a way that is above the norm.