NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Last month, Hospital for Special Care (HSC) kicked off its new Center for Cognitive Health with a reception at the hospital's New Britain campus. Kelser Corporation presented a check for $25,500 to support the new initiative raised at the 2018 Kelser Charity Challenge golf tournament held in September.
Lynn Ricci, HSC President and CEO, described to those in attendance how the nonprofit’s relationship with Kelser Corporation led to the creation of the new center. Kelser is a technology consulting firm which Ricci said for years has “helped [HSC] ensure that we would have sophisticated information technology infrastructure and that we would be able to continue to support our highly specialized services.”
“Last year, in conversations with Kelser,” Ricci continued, “we began to partner about a new way of dedicating the proceeds of their Kelser Charity Challenge golf tournament. During this time, we developed the memory disorder services focus.” The event has raised $43,000 since 2017 to help launch the new program.
During the reception, Dr. Jennifer Cromer, clinical neuropsychologist, provided an overview of the uniquely comprehensive suite of services available at the Center for Cognitive Health, which includes speech and occupational therapy as well as neuropsychological evaluation and treatment. Andrew E. Budson, M.D., author of Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory: What’s Normal, What’s Not and What to Do About It, gave an interactive keynote address which helped attendees differentiate between normal aging and potential signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
In a video recorded at the Kelser Charity Challenge in September and shown at the reception, Kelser Corporation President and CEO Barry Kelly spoke about his journey with his brother, who founded Kelser and is currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. “If I had something like [the Center for Cognitive Health] available to me and my sister in law," he said, "it would have been great because she and I went it alone. It is not easy to figure out the best path for somebody who has a memory disorder.”
The Kelser Charity Challenge will continue to support the Center for Cognitive Health in 2019.
About Hospital for Special Care
Hospital for Special Care (HSC) is the fourth largest, free-standing long-term acute care hospital in the U.S. and the only one in the nation serving adults and children. HSC is recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders including ALS research, spinal cord injury, comprehensive heart failure and comprehensive inpatient and outpatient treatment for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.
Located in New Britain and Hartford, CT, HSC operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England and the Tri-State area on a not-for-profit basis.
More information: http://hfsc.org/
About Kelser Corporation and the Kelser Foundation
Since 1981, Kelser Corporation has helped organizations achieve their goals through technology. Based in Glastonbury, Kelser is proud to assist a wide variety of organizations in the Northeast—including some of the largest companies in Connecticut—in using technology to move their businesses forward. Kelser’s experienced team of technology consultants understand their clients’ businesses as deeply as the products and services Kelser provides. The result is technology that works on behalf of businesses, not the other way around.
Kelser is extremely active in volunteering and philanthropic activities contributing more than $900,000 and countless food items, man hours, and articles of clothing to those in need over the years. In 2011, the Kelser Foundation was created to expand and formalize these service efforts. In addition to the Kelser Charity Challenge, Kelser is the 2018 presenting sponsor of Manchester Community College’s Evening of Fine Wines and a sponsor of the Travelers Championship for the past 25 years, among many other events and initiatives.
More information: https://www.kelsercorp.com/kelser-foundation/