Nurse Patricia Trotta Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

May 04, 2016

Hartford HealthCare at Home recently announced that Patricia Trotta, RN, MSN received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Connecticut Coalition to Improve End of Life Care. Trotta, a Southington resident, is a clinical nurse specialist in palliative and hospice care for Hartford HealthCare at Home’s hospice teams in Hartford, Waterbury, and central and eastern Connecticut. In August 2010, she joined the Hartford HealthCare at Home team, based in Wethersfield.

“We are so proud of the recognition Pat Trotta has received and the work she has done to advocate for hospice and palliative care in CT. She has been a tremendous asset,” said Laurie G. St. John, RN, MSN, vice president of Hospice and Palliative Care, Hartford HealthCare at Home.

A graduate of the Yale School of Nursing, Trotta was first an oncology clinical nurse specialist and worked in this role for more than 25 years, starting at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Newington, continuing to Hartford Hospital and then the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Meriden, now MidState Medical Center.

Her experience has included working as program manager of the American Cancer Society’s New England Pain Relief Project, organizing pain education and advocacy initiatives in all New England states. She also was coordinator of the Connecticut Cancer Partnership and a founding co-chairwoman of the Partnership’s Palliative & Hospice Committee, developing goals and objectives for the State of Connecticut’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.

Trotta, who is currently a board member of the Connecticut Coalition to Improve End of Life, was instrumental in the coalition receiving two $30,000 grants from the Connecticut Cancer Partnership for palliative and hospice care projects. In 2013, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy appointed her to the Connecticut State Palliative Advisory Council whose charge is to analyze the current state of palliative care in Connecticut and advise the Department of Public Health on matters related to improving palliative care and the quality of life for people with serious illnesses.

She accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award at the coalition’s annual meeting on Dec. 9.
“Over the past 30 years I have seen exciting growth and advances in palliative care. However, there are still barriers to ensuring that high-quality palliative and hospice care is available and accessible to all people with serious illnesses. I am certain that Hartford HealthCare/Hartford HealthCare at Home will continue to be a leader in providing this important care to Connecticut residents,” Trotta said.

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