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Beacon Falls Woman to Receive Caring Heart Award

By on 3/29/2019

The Women’s Heart Wellness Committee will honor Elizabeth “Betty” Montefusco, of Beacon Falls, with the Caring Heart Award at the 14th Annual Women's Heart Wellness Caring Heart Award Ceremony on Wed., April 24 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Birchwoods at Oak Lane Country Club, 1027 Racebrook Road, Woodbridge.

The Caring Heart Award recognizes individuals who promote and improve the general health and wellbeing of all.

This year’s recipient has been a valued member of Griffin Health for more than 45 years. Montefusco started her career as a nurse’s aide working in the Emergency Department and in Griffin Hospital’s Critical Care Unit, tending to many patients suffering from heart conditions and other life-threatening ailments. Today, Montefusco serves as the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Patient Care Services and manages the Griffin Nursing Administration Office, which oversees more than 350 nurses and 130 Multi-Skilled Technicians.

In addition to her professional duties at Griffin, Montefusco is the Chairperson of the Griffin Recreation, Entertainment & Arts Team (G.R.E.A.T.), which organizes events for Griffin staff and their families to promote comradery. She is an elected member of the Parish Council at the Assumption Church in Ansonia; where she serves as a Eucharistic Minister, and is called upon to administer the sacrament to Griffin patients when needed. She also helped to organize weekly celebrations of the Mass at the hospital.

Outside of her work, Montefusco volunteers her time with several community organizations. She is a Spooner House Team Captain, organizing and cooking meals for the residents of the homeless shelter in Shelton. She volunteered as a religious education teacher, and is a volunteer member of the Connecticut ACTS chapter, an organization where she is responsible for organizing and leading religious retreats for women.

She has organized a food drive for the St. Vincent DePaul in Derby and has donated Christmas Gifts and Easter Baskets to families and children through St. Vincent DePaul. She makes necessity bags for the homeless through the Brian O’Connell Homeless Project. In her most recent volunteer project, she has teamed up with the Knights of Columbus to make baby blankets for cribs being donated to community organization that supports mothers and babies by the Knights.

The Caring Heart Award Ceremony is open to the public. The event will feature an interactive presentation by Griffin Faculty Physicians Cardiologist Dr. Sayena Azarbar. There will also be a health fair with information on overall wellness and more.

Tickets for the dinner are $35 per person and includes plentiful hors d'oeuvres, dessert and a complimentary glass of wine. To reserve a seat, visit griffinhealth.org/whw. The deadline for reservations is April 17.

For more information, contact Eunice at 203-732-7107 or elisk@griffinhealth.org.

The Women’s Heart Wellness Committee consists of healthcare professionals, heart patients and women from throughout the Valley communities. The primary focus of the group is to increase heart health awareness among women, empower them to love and save their hearts, and ensure they are provided the means to do so through education and rehabilitation. Membership is open to all interested persons.

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