June 18, 2010       

Waterbury Hospital Volunteer Named a Community “MVP” by the New England Patriots Foundation

WATERBURY – Velma Sego of Naugatuck, who has volunteered her time and energy to Waterbury Hospital for over 19 years, was one of 21 volunteers from non-profit organizations across the New England area to be recognized as a “Community MVP” by the New England Patriots Foundation during a ceremony at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., last month.

Sego, 69, and the other award recipients were honored at a May 27 ceremony in which they had an opportunity to meet New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft as well as Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick and current and former players such as Kevin Faulk and Andre Tippett. Sego and the other award recipients also had their photos taken with Mr. Kraft and the players while being lauded for their dedication to volunteerism. 

Sego was recognized for the more than 19,000 hours of volunteer service she has given to the hospital over the years. A retired waitress and cashier, she regularly shows up at the hospital before 7 a.m. to provide assistance to the hospital’s Dietary Services and Medical Records departments before leaving at 2:30 p.m. She routinely volunteers more than 35 hours a week. 

Sego said she was honored to be recognized with the award, which also included a $2,500 donation from the Patriots Foundation to support the mission of Waterbury Hospital.  

“I don’t do this for any kind of recognition,” Sego said. “I just do it because it’s something I like to do.”

Waterbury Hospital is the largest private employer in the Greater Waterbury region, and serves a vital role in the economic vitality of Western Connecticut. It is a private, non-profit acute care teaching hospital licensed for 367 beds and affiliated with the Yale School of Medicine, the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Founded in 1890 as Waterbury’s first and Connecticut’s fourth hospital, Waterbury Hospital is a full-service community health-care institution with centers of excellence in primary care, cardiac services, behavioral health and orthopaedics.