that his family’s donation of $1 million for the newly renovated birth center
at the Hospital of St. Raphael, donated in memory of his late wife, Lena, “made
sense personally and professionally.”
project unveiled with a ribbon-cutting and blessing on Jan. 24 – the same date
as the March for Life in Washington – emphasizes a family-centered design for
new moms and dads. It features soft lighting, art, earth-toned decor, soothing
wallpaper patterns, wood-paneled ceilings, and flooring with a wood-finish
renovated concierge-appointed lobby and waiting room, complete with a
waterfall, to greet visitors; a family area in the postpartum unit; a
state-of-the-art nurses’ station; and patient rooms with draperies, sleeper
sofas and bathrooms with pedestal sinks and frameless glass shower doors.
as we complete this important project,” said Christopher O’Connor, president
and CEO of St. Raphael. “The Vidone Birth Center will be a fitting tribute to a
family that has exemplified the mission of St. Raphael’s for many years.”
pathologist at St. Raphael Hospital.
died last August after a brief illness and whose portrait now hangs in the
birth center, was struggling with infertility issues after nine years of marriage.
and completing two years in the Navy, he took a job at Yale as an assistant
professor of pathology and met Dr. C. Lee Buxton, chair of the department of
obstetrics and gynecology at the Yale School of Medicine and chief of
obstetrics and gynecology at Yale New Haven Hospital.
said Dr. Vidone.
infertility, which was caused by polycystic ovarian disease – a problem now
treated with hormones. The procedure was a success.
dentist and a lawyer.
– born in 1965 and the eldest of the children – she gave Debra the appointment
card that Dr. Buxton had given her in 1964.
nurse in the Family Health Center at St. Raphael and has two boys.
infertility problem,” she said. “It was so important to her that Dr. Buxton was
able to help her have a family.”
Hospital of St. Raphael. My mother was always donating her time here. Her
social life, friends, everything was focused around the hospital. So this birth
center in her memory is very much in line with how she lived.”
Massachusetts; and a son, Marc, the lawyer, in New Jersey.
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington.
department. He began working with Dr. Brian Rigney, who is acting chief of
obstetrics and gynecology at St. Raphael, to implement gynecological cancer
conferences at the hospital. They now routinely discuss their gynecological
cancer cases twice a month.
part-time at St. Raphael’s as an attending physician.
center like this,” said Dr. Vidone, “and St. Raphael’s is at the forefront of
also offers advanced services for premature and at-risk babies, including the
newborn intensive care unit and special testing, and care for high-risk
patients in the maternal fetal medical unit.
postpartum rooms and the lobby.
it a warm and intimate setting while providing the latest in medical care,”
said Dr. Vidone.