Leaving A Nursing Legacy 65 over 65 - Betty Anne Fumiatti
Pearl of Wisdom
"Follow your passion, always do good, inspire people, and you will be rewarded in ways you cannot imagine."
About the Honoree
Elizabeth Anne Koval Fumiatti, affectionately known to friends and relatives as "Betty Anne", retired from the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Central Connecticut (now Hartford HealthCare at Home) as its president and CEO after 37 years of service. Her entire career was dedicated to improve the health of community members in the New Britain area. She began at the VNA as a novice registered nurse, providing homecare to clients from new mothers and their babies to the frail elderly. Throughout her nursing career, Betty Anne stayed true to her passion by providing, or by guiding others to provide, exemplary nursing care and companionship to clients in their homes. Her tireless and unselfish efforts epitomized the power to change the world around her and those she served in the community. Her presence and warmth was felt whether helping to care for patients, serving on community boards, or building partnerships with area agencies. Her vision and dedication have served to strengthen our community and ensure that those in need receive outstanding quality care. Betty Anne's expertise in nursing and business guided the VNA through numerous changes and mergers. She was a tremendous role model for the VNA team, offering encouragement during challenging times. Betty Anne always recognized the value of teamwork when caring for clients and families.
Betty Anne's extraordinary career began in July 1959 after she graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She then proudly obtained her registered nursing license and began working as a community health nurse in New Britain, visiting clients in their homes. She was promoted to clinical supervisor in 1963 and to executive director in 1970. Betty Anne successfully guided the agency through the ever changing healthcare environment and was instrumental to the success of multiple collaborative efforts with community agencies to improve the health of the people of New Britain and surrounding towns. Her leadership and team building skills were again rewarded in 1992 when she was promoted to President & CEO of the VNA of Central Connecticut. Betty Anne retired from the position after another merger in March 1997 and remained as a consultant during the transition. By that time, she and her husband Vic of 32 years, who was already retired, decided it was time to start a new chapter in their lives - to use her words - "I retired from a paycheck, not from work" as they both immersed themselves to community work in numerous ways.
Through her endless hours of active participation on numerous (over 25) community boards and civic organizations Betty Anne exemplifies the true meaning of civic-minded leadership. In partnership with her late husband, she has devoted her time and talent in the greater New Britain community to make a better life for our youth. Most notably she has served as board member and chair of the Hospital for Special Care from 2008-2012 and continues as a board member; has served the YWCA and the YMCA in various capacities; has been a member of the New Britain and Berlin Rotary Club for over 25 years; and there are others too numerous to mention.
No wonder Betty Anne has been recognized with multiple awards - though clearly not the intent of her community service. To name a few: in 1987 and 1992 she received The Columbian Federation Achievement Award for Outstanding Community Service; in 1996 she received the ATHENA Award which is given annually to a woman in the New Britain community who has distinguished herself in her professional work and inspired others to do the same. In 2006 Betty Anne received The Channing Laboratory at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital for her participation in The Nurses' Health Study, Thirty-Year Anniversary, and 1976-2006 for furthering the knowledge of women's health issues. And in 2009 both she and her husband were recognized by the New Britain Chamber of Commerce with The Distinguished Community Service Award. And it doesn't end there; they also established The Vic and Betty Fumiatti Scholarship Fund through a local foundation to benefit a graduating senior from E.C. Goodwin Technical School pursuing higher education.
Congratulations Betty Anne, we applaud all that you do for nursing in Connecticut!