Greenwich Hospital Giving In the News
Betsy Corman 1946-2015
Dedicated Greenwich Hospital volunteer, supporter and friend Betsy Corman passed away at her home in Stamford on April 17, 2015 after a valiant 18 month battle with pancreatic cancer. Though petite and soft spoken, Betsy was a powerhouse in her commitment to helping Greenwich Hospital’s oncology department care for cancer patients and their families.
“Betsy Corman was the heart and soul of committed volunteerism to cancer services at Greenwich Hospital,” said Maria Marini, director of Oncology Services. “Maintaining a rigorous work schedule and a work ethic like no other, staff, physicians and patients alike came to depend on her willing hand and thoughtful, compassionate listening.”
During the nearly 7,000 hours of time Betsy donated to the hospital since her retirement from IBM in 2000, she served as coordinator of oncology volunteers -- training new oncology and hospice volunteers and scheduling monthly educational sessions for the volunteers. She also served for two years as Vice President of the Greenwich Hospital Auxiliary and was one of the founding members who brought the Schwartz Center (for Compassionate Care) Rounds to Greenwich Hospital. Betsy remained as the coordinator for this program until her death. She started the Healing Shawls program, whose members have knitted more than 2,300 for oncology patients and was a member of the hospital's Cancer and Palliative Care Committees. Involvement with palliative and compassionate care led Betsy and her husband, Stephen, to become the founding donors of the hospital's Palliative Care Department. The couple also donated a blanket warmer and provided funding for an oncology dietician and patient kitchen in the oncology department.
“When we see a need we can fill, we just go ahead and do it,” Betsy once said in an interview.
Betsy’s ubiquitous presence in the halls of the hospital will be missed by all, but her tireless efforts and many financial contributions made along with her husband are a lasting legacy to this caring and compassionate woman. It was Betsy's wish that donations in her memory be made to the Greenwich Hospital Palliative Care Department here or by mail to Greenwich Hospital Palliative Care Department, c/o Greenwich Hospital Foundation, 35 River Road Cos Cob, CT 06807
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