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May 4, 2012 / Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce

Retiring Co-President & CEO of Hospital for Special Care to be recognized in special newspaper section

Crandall’s Career to be Recognized in Special Newspaper Section

To be honored at Hospital for Special Care Annual Meeting, May 29

From: Bill Millerick, President                      

Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce: New Britain, Berlin

David Crandall, through his lifetime, has been an inspiration to his fellow colleagues in healthcare, his loyal employees and staff and today’s latest generation of young people who are entering the  vast number of healthcare jobs in greater New Britain.

Crandall, who retired as Co-President of the Hospital for Special Care several months ago, is a classic local kid makes good story. A New Britain native, he began his career as a nurse at the former New Britain General Hospital and rose through the ranks to become Co-President of Hospital for Special Care, one of the most highly-respected long term rehabilitation hospitals in the nation and where he was instrumental for developing some of the most innovative and ground-breaking treatment concepts in rehabilitative care.

Like so many people of extraordinary accomplishment, Crandall is a man of enormous humility, passing along compliments and praise to the people who work for and with him rather than taking credit himself. But there is no avoiding the profound impact he has had on patients with traumatic brain injury, autism and so many other areas where his ability to lead and at the same time collaborate has improved their lives immeasurably.

And there is no avoiding his deep love of the city and generous support of the people, organizations and events that make up the fabric of New Britain. On behalf of the Hospital for Special Care, Crandall has been a benefactor of virtually every organization in the city.

While he avoids the spotlight, there is no denying the desire of his friends, colleagues and the city to honor his career and service.

This year’s Hospital for Special Care annual meeting, May 29, will be something of a tribute to Crandall.

Prior to the event, the Hospital, in partnership with the New Britain Herald will be publishing a special, pull-out section on May 27 that looks back on Crandall’s career and the history of the hospital. It will feature articles and photos about the hospital, the many programs Crandall helped to innovate and originate and programs that are being planned even today.

There will be opportunities for individuals and organizations to offer their thoughts on Crandall’s career in this section and the Greater New Britain Chamber, not surprisingly, is assisting the Herald and Hospital, in ensuring that all of our member businesses and non-profit organizations are aware of the section and the opportunity to appear in it.

If you would like to be a part of the Sunday, May 27 newspaper, contact The New Britain Herald advertising department at 860-225-4601.

David Crandall will always remain a close, personal friend of the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce.  So many of the programs and services we offer to the community have been made possible in part thanks to his support and belief in our mission.

While his professional career may be ending, the relationship with him never will and he will always hold a very special place in the history of this 100-year old organization.

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