|The Bridgeport Hospital Auxiliary will host the fundraising reception, “Building Bridges…Building Communities,” Saturday, March 26, at the Patterson Club in Fairfield. The event will honor attorney Ronald B. Noren of Easton, a hospital board member since 2002 and its immediate past chairman. Proceeds will support the Auxiliary’s $500,000 pledge to the expansion and renovation of the Bridgeport Hospital Emergency Department. |
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“Ron’s leadership on the board has helped keep Bridgeport Hospital financially strong through the recent national recession and firmly committed to providing high-quality patient care,” says William M. Jennings, hospital president and CEO. “He has been a model of volunteer leadership for our hospital and the community.”
The Auxiliary reception is co-chaired by Rachel Dayan and Wendy Martinenas, both of Fairfield. For information about the event or to request tickets, call the Auxiliary office at the hospital, 203-384-3331.
“With this event, we expect to complete our half-million dollar multi-year pledge to the Emergency Department project,” says Auxiliary President Ilene Feldman, also of Fairfield. “We have been pleased to support this important initiative to improve the emergency care environment for patients of Bridgeport Hospital.”
The Emergency Department project began with the addition of 11,000 square feet of new space in early 2007 for treat-and-release services, including new reception, waiting and examination areas as well as a new X-ray suite and additional patient parking. The major medical and holding areas were modernized in 2008. The final phase of the project is underway now, involving upgrades to the psychiatric and trauma rooms. The department receives more than 75,000 patient visits a year, more than any other emergency department in Fairfield County.
A Lifetime of Community Service – A graduate of Tufts University and Suffolk University Law School, Noren is a principal with the Southport law firm of Brody Wilkinson PC. He serves on the firm’s executive committee and practices in the area of trusts and estates. He has received the highest possible professional rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been named as both a Connecticut Super Lawyer and New England Super Lawyer.
Noren follows his grandfather Rudolph F. Bannow and his father Ernest H. Noren as a member of the hospital board. In addition to his term as chairman, Noren has been a member of the board’s professional and quality, investment, finance, management affairs and director affairs committees. He also co-chaired the Emergency Department capital campaign and led the successful search for the hospital’s new president & CEO.
In the past, Noren has served on the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation board as vice chairman and as chairman of the president’s council and planned giving committee.
Noren also serves on the boards of the Yale New Haven Health System, Fairfield County Community Foundation, Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, Mary L. Fitch Charitable Trust, the Samuel Staples Free School Fund and the Preston Mountain Club. He is chairman of the Plantain Pond Mortgage Club and in the spring will resume a board position for the Kennedy Center, Inc.
Noren is a past board member of the Greater Bridgeport Area Foundation, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and the Easton Board of Ethics. In addition, he has assisted with fundraising efforts for the United Way and the Easton Public Library.
Noren and his wife Renee have three grown sons, Adam, Trevor, and Parker, two daughters-in-law, Maya and Damaris, and two grandchildren, Cyrus and June.
The Bridgeport Hospital Auxiliary: Supporting Healthcare for 50 Years – Since it was established more than 50 years ago, the 400-member Auxiliary has donated more than $4 million to Bridgeport Hospital facility improvements, equipment purchases, nursing scholarships and other projects. The Auxiliary sponsors a variety of fundraising activities throughout the year, including dinner dances and art, book and jewelry sales. In addition, the group operates the hospital gift shop in the main lobby, which underwent an extensive renovation in 2009. Profits from gift shop sales are also donated to the hospital. Many Auxiliary members are also active volunteers who contribute their time and energy in patient care and support areas of the hospital.