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Griffin Childbirth Center Dedicates Breakroom to Beloved Maternity Nurse

By Christian Meagher on 11/12/2021

Griffin Health recently honored a beloved member of its Childbirth Center by dedicating the Center’s breakroom in memory of her friendly and loving character.

Helena Carpp, of Seymour, was a maternity nurse for many years at Griffin Hospital before retiring in 1984. She passed away in 2010.

Earlier this year, Helena’s son, Alexander “Oley” Carpp, and his wife Glenda made a donation to purchase two advanced Affinity® 4 Birthing Beds for the Childbirth Center, which are designed to easily adjust to support the patient and hospital staff throughout the birthing process

As a thank you to the Carpp family and to memorialize Helena’s love for the Center and her fellow nurses, Griffin dedicated the center’s breakroom in her name. The breakroom was remembered as a special place for Helena as she considered her co-workers as family and enjoyed spending time with them.

“In addition to providing exceptional care and support to women during their maternity experience, Helen also brought joy to the lives of her fellow nurses,” said Griffin Hospital President and CEO Patrick Charmel. “We consider all Griffin employees to be caregivers and all caregivers part of the Griffin family. Helen really took that to heart by doing everything she could to help and support her fellow caregivers and create a warm and friendly atmosphere throughout the Childbirth Center.”

Helena was known for organizing Scrabble tournaments in the breakroom as a way for nurses to relax and bond. She was remembered for helping the nurses work together not just as a team, but care for each other like a family.

“She loved Griffin Hospital and Maternity was her place,” Oley Carpp said. “It was where she could be herself. I know mom would have enjoyed having the breakroom dedicated to her because it was more than just a place where they played Scrabble, it represents all the nurses she worked with and loved. It was a place she was truly ‘just one of the girls.’”

A plaque to be installed in the breakroom reads, “This Maternity Nurses’ Breakroom is lovingly dedicated to the memory of one of its own Helen Carpp – Mother, Grandmother, RN. May all who enter find the friendship and love of life that she enjoyed here.”

As a not-for-profit community hospital, Griffin depends on support from the community to help provide exceptional, patient-centered, compassionate care for which we are known.  For more information on naming opportunities at Griffin, please contact Janet Hall at jhall@griffinhealth.org or 203.732.7539.

Photo caption: Griffin Health recently dedicated the nurses’ breakroom in its Childbirth Center to former nurse Helen Carpp. On hand for the dedication celebration were, from left, Alexander “Oley” Carpp, and former Childbirth Center nurses, Barbara Synos, Harle Carlucci, Dorothy Moccia and Reggie Porter.