HARTFORD –Two Hartford HealthCare social workers were recently honored for their work on behalf of cancer patients at Hartford Hospital.
The Connecticut Sports Foundation presented its first-ever Advocacy Award to Charmain Ali and Hillary Keller at its annual celebrity dinner at Mohegan Sun on Feb. 7.
The foundation, which provides financial support to cancer patients across the state, praised the social workers for their “tireless dedication on behalf of cancer patients” at HHC, which includes the hospital and its cancer institute. The Advocacy Award is intended for those who have a long history of partnering with the Foundation to make sure cancer patients in the greatest need are being assisted, a press release noted.
“It has been my great pleasure to have worked with Hillary and Charmain for many years; they are perfect examples of what an oncology social worker should be,” said Jane G. Ellis, the foundation’s president and executive director. “They have set the bar extremely high for the award selection process in the future.”
Donna Handley, vice president of operations for the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, also praised the award recipients.
“We are extremely proud of Charmain and Hillary and the exemplary work they do every day on behalf of our patients,” Handley said. “They are richly deserving of this recognition.”
Both women are residents of the greater Hartford area, Ali is from South Windsor and Keller is from West Hartford.
Photo: Rebecca Lobo© poses with Charmain Ali (l) and Hillary Keller (r)