St. Vincent’s Honors Physician and Employees of the Year; Foundation Celebrates Volunteers of the Year

January 8, 2016

BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut – Recognizing outstanding service by its physicians, associates and volunteers, St. Vincent’s Health Services is proud to announce its Physician of the Year and Employees of the Year while St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation celebrates its Volunteers of the Year for 2015. Each year, all St. Vincent’s employees celebrating a milestone anniversary with the organization are recognized for their dedication. This year, associates were recognized for five to 40 years of service.

2015 Physician of the Year
Fairfield resident Jared Selter, MD, a cardiologist, is the 2015 Physician of the Year. Dr. Selter was nominated for his dedication and compassion when caring for his patients. He goes above and beyond, spending an extraordinary amount of time caring for vulnerable patients at the St. Vincent’s Family Health Clinic.

After receiving his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Selter completed an Internship and Residency at Yale New Haven Hospital. He went on to complete a fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at Yale New Haven Hospital. Board certified in Interventional Cardiology and Nuclear Cardiology, Dr. Selter has offices in Trumbull and Fairfield, CT.

2015 Employees of the Year
St. Vincent’s Medical Center Employee of the Year: Constance “Connie” Gabriel
Connie, a resident of Naugatuck, is a Clinical Support Associate for the Short Stay Center. Her reverence for her position and those she serves is demonstrated by her ability to soothe nervous patients and family as well as her dedication to the staff RNs, who depend so much on her wisdom.

St. Vincent’s MultiSpecialty Group Employee of the Year: JoAnn Flickman
Since joining St. Vincent’s MultiSpecialty Group (MSG) in 2011, JoAnn’s scope of responsibility has grown significantly. JoAnn, a Data Quality Analyst, is recognized by her colleagues as a hard working team member who embraces every opportunity to contribute to projects and initiatives. It is for these reasons JoAnn was chosen to be the first MSG Employee of the Year. JoAnn is a resident of Monroe.

St. Vincent’s College Employee of the Year: Antoinette Surrusco
Anet Surrusco, a resident of Trumbull, is the Director of Information Technology for St. Vincent’s College. In this hectic environment, Anet is always ready for a challenge, offering a warm and cheerful attitude and addressing all situations with kindness and patience. She works hard and always tries to lift the spirits of those around her with her positive attitude.

St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services Employee of the Year: Sarah Zopfi
Sarah Zopfi, also of Trumbull, is celebrating her 21st anniversary with St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services. She has the unique distinction of being certified in both Speech and Language Pathology and Special Education. Sarah is guided by compassion and the desire for students to achieve their fullest potential and quality of life.

St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health Services Employee of the Year: Matthew Markelon, RPh
Matt has been a Pharmacist Coordinator for St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health Services in Westport since March 2013. Matt regularly leads the daily Safety Huddle and started the “Med of the Month” newsletter, which provides clinicians with information on medications that are either low or high risk. Matt always has a positive attitude, treats his coworkers with respect and exhibits the values of St. Vincent’s. Matt is a resident of Middlebury.

“Our Employees of the Year represent a network of inspired associates who are committed to our mission and values,” stated Stuart G. Marcus, MD, President and CEO, St. Vincent’s Medical Center. “Amazing things happen here every day – from saving lives to supporting families, our community, and each other. Without doubt, it is our individual talents and perspectives that together define what makes St. Vincent’s special.”

St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation Volunteers of the Year
Mary Wheeling, Volunteer of the Year
Mary Wheeling, of Milford, is a St. Vincent’s employee who has volunteered for the Foundation since 1991. During that 24 year span, she has often used her vacation time to support various events from the Breast Cancer Luncheon and Swiss Army Sale to the Golf Tournament and the SWIM Across the Sound. Not only does she donate her time, she also has volunteered to deliver leftover food to local shelters on her way home from events. She can always be counted on to jump in to assist wherever the need is greatest.

Paul Fitzgerald, Corporate Volunteer of the Year
Paul Fitgerald, of Shelton, has been employed at Coca-Cola for 33 years and embodies the meaning of partnership. Coca-Cola has been a major sponsor of SWIM Across the Sound and the Medical Center Foundation for over 20 years. He consistently contributes Coca-Cola products for events including the SWIM Across the Sound Marathon, Aquathon, and golf tournaments. Most recently, the Foundation sponsored its first Medical Mission at Home. An urgent need for bottled water arose and, once again, Paul and Coca-Cola stepped up to the plate and met the needs of the community. 

“We consider Mary and Paul like family,” explained Lyn McCarthy, executive director, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation. “Both are committed to making a positive difference in the community and deserve to be celebrated for their contributions.” 

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