Celebrating at a reception for YNHH care partners were (l-r): Antonio Hardy and Yolanda Langston, PCAs, Renal/General Medicine, EP 7-5; and Rhonda LeShane, clinical technician, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Saint Raphael Campus.

The song "I'll be there" took on special meaning Nov. 9 at an event to honor YNHH's patient care associates, clinical technicians, emergency department technical associates and technicians, medical assistants, technical associates,  milieu counselors, mental health workers and radiology care assistants. 

The Michael Jackson song was played during a slide show featuring photos of these caregivers, but Ena Williams, RN, vice president, Patient Services, also recalled the Spinners' song with the same title.

"When you say ‘I will,' it's a very definitive statement that means, ‘I will be there no matter what the conditions are,'" she told the group gathered in the 55 Park St. Auditorium. "You understand what that truly means to people who are at the most vulnerable times of their lives." 

The event included recognition of caregivers who had advanced on the clinical ladder, and a YNHH version of the game show Family Feud, in which caregivers from each campus answered patient safety-related questions. 

Special guests at the event included Mark Grindell and Beth Ann Grindell Spargo, who announced The Frances Grindell Patient Care Associate, Clinical Technician and Emergency Department Technical Associate Scholarship. This new scholarship provides financial assistance to employees in these positions pursuing a nursing degree. Frances Q. Grindell, RN, was a YNHH nurse for more than 44 years until retiring in 2004. Her children established the scholarship to honor her love for education and dedication to nursing and her commitment to the education and orientation of many PCAs throughout the years. Many of those PCAs were in the audience and fondly remembered Frances' support and mentorship.  

Scholarships of up to $750 for full-time employees and $500 for part-time employees will be awarded annually to qualified applicants currently enrolled in a Connecticut registered nursing licensure program. YNHH full-time and part-time employees in good employment standing and working at least 24 hours per week for at least one year as a PCA, CT or EDTA are eligible. 

Applications must be submitted online only between March 1 and April 30 each year. Applicants must also submit official transcripts, a letter of recommendation from a YNHH manager and an essay. PCAs, CTs and EDTAs can visit HR Connect for more information, deadlines and application requirements.