65 over 65 - Maria Pietrantuono
|Congratulations to Maria Pietrantuono, one of the distinguished honorees that will be recognized throughout the year culminating in a state-wide celebration at CLN's 65th Jubilee Luncheon to be held on June 1, 2018.|
Pearl of Wisdom
"Caring for patients and inspiring young people to join the profession have been the most professional rewarding experiences of my life."
About the Honoree
For over 8 years, Maria has spearheaded an initiative via the New Britain Health Academy to actively promote nursing and health careers to high school students. This initiative offers students insights into various health careers and provides academic and hands-on work experience preparation that they will need to be successful in a health profession.
Maria worked collaboratively with staff from the Consolidated School District of New Britain, Hospital for Special Care and The Hospital of Central Connecticut to design the curriculum for this newly established Health Academy which has become a model for the state and has graduated over 250 students all pursuing healthcare education or work placement.
For nearly five decades, Maria has shared her passion and expertise in healthcare beginning her career as a nurse’s aide at what was then known as New Britain Memorial Hospital – now Hospital for Special Care (HSC), and “retiring” from the position of Vice President, Patient Care Services, at Hospital for Special Care in June 2005 after holding the roles of Vice President of Quality Improvement Services and Corporate Compliance Officer. She joined HSC in 1995 as Director of the Respiratory Service Line and continues to have professional responsibilities at the facility.
Prior to joining HSC, she was Manager of Quality Improvement and Special Projects at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City, served on a project planning team to implement an Open Heart Center in Rome, Italy, and was as an educator in various local, regional and New York City hospitals. She has been an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford in the MSN program, at Charter Oak State College, and served as board member for The Fund of Greater Hartford from 2013 to 2016.
In recognition of her leadership, expertise and impact at the Hospital for Special Care; on September 27, 2013, the facility opened and dedicated a state-of-the-art Simulation Learning Center in Maria’s honor. In addition, her knowledge and talents were recognized beyond the facility and in August 2005 Maria was appointed by then Governor Jodi Rell to the State Board Examiners for Nursing and served for eight years.
Maria has been honored and received several awards: “Above The Rim Award”; a finalist for the “Hartford Business Journal’s 2012 Healthcare Heroes Award”; recognized by the YMCA at the 15th Biennial Women in Leadership Luncheon; inducted in the Women and Leadership Academy; the Reverend Leon Howard Sullivan Award from the Opportunity Industrialization Center of New Britain (OIC-NB); and the Mary Jane M. Williams Award for Lifetime Contributions to Nursing from the CT Nurses’ Association.
Maria received her RN Diploma from New Britain General Hospital School of Nursing, a BA in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University, a BSN from Western Connecticut State University, an MA in Nursing and an MS in Health Service Management, both from New York University. She has held two certifications, Certified Professional in Health Care Quality (CPHQ) and Nurse Executive Advanced – Board Certified (NEA-BC). She has been and continues to be involved with community organizations offering her expertise.
Congratulations Maria, we applaud all that you do for nursing in Connecticut!