Dr. Juan Ruiz has joined The Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute‘s Norwich and Mystic offices. Ruiz comes to Hartford HealthCare from Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Washington, where he worked as a multidisciplinary and interventional pain medicine specialist. His areas of clinical interest include neuromodulation, both spinal cord stimulation and peripheral nerve stimulation; ultrasound-guided pain procedures; radiofrequency ablation; verterbrogenic pain; and minimally-invasive treatment of spinal stenosis. He is fluent in Spanish. Dr. Ruiz is seeing patients at 111 Salem Turnpike, Norwich, and 100 Perkins Farm Drive, Suite 302, Mystic. For appointments in either location, call 860-572-5440. For more on care for chronic pain at Hartford HealthCare, go to www.hartfordhealthcare.org/services/pain-treatment.
During a Norwich Arts Center monthly Board of Directors meeting, Guy Smith of Mystic was voted in for a 2-year term. He was a counselor for the hearing impaired at the Florida School of the Deaf & Blind and a manager of the Disney Institute.
Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT‘s discussion on the Diversity in Leadership will be held Jan. 13 at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum. The panel will feature Chairman Rodney Butler, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation; Attorney General William Tong; Dr. Elsa Nunez, President, Eastern CT State University; and Dr. Tracy Espy, President, Mitchell College. Sponsored by Robinson + Cole and Comcast. Register at www.ChamberECT.com/events or 860-701-9113.
Join the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT, SECT Cultural Coalition and SeCTER for a free webinar on Jan. 20 to best utilize CORE, the region’s one-stop directory listing for events, activities and professional development opportunities. Register at www.ChamberECT.com/events or 860-701-9113.
Nancy D. Butler of Waterford has been presented the 2021 Woman of The Year award by The Southeastern Connecticut Women’s Network. She has been a member of SECT Women’s Network for over 25 years. Butler, founder of “Above All Else, Success in Life and Business,” a is the treasurer of Soroptimist CT Shoreline and the New England Hebrew Farmers of The Emanuel Society. Through Soroptimist in 2018, 2019 and 2020, Nancy was appointed a delegate to the United Nations for the Commission on the Status of Women.
Nominations for the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT’s 71st Citizen of the Year are now open. Use the form at www.chamberECT.com to submit a nominee by Jan. 14 at midnight. The winner will be announced late January.
Rite-Solutions, which has an office in Pawcatuck, is one of the 849 recipients of the 2021 HIRE Vets Medallion Award presented during a virtual award ceremony presented by U.S. Department of Labor. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act) Medallion Program is the only federal award program that recognizes employers who successfully recruit, hire, and retain veterans. For more information, visit www.rite-solutions.com and www.HIREVets.gov.
Westerly Community Credit Union has donated 50 turkeys to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center for the seventh year in a row. The PNC used these turkeys, in addition to all other donations they received, to create and distribute Thanksgiving baskets. To support the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, call (860) 599-3285 or visit www.pawcatuckneighborhoodcenter.org.
Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded a total of $4,500 in grants to support local libraries. The Foundation awarded a $2,500 grant to Slater Library in Jewett City to purchase a metal outdoor bench, trash receptacle, and moveable signs to enhance outdoor programs and curbside service. Slater Library also received a $1,000 grant for annual support. Additionally, the Foundation awarded a grant of $1,000 to Aldrich Free Public Library in Moosup to help update the office portion of the library. For more information, visit www.JCSBank.com.
The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT welcomes its newest members: Coastline Cleaning & Restoration, LLC, Groton; New London Cultural District; High Tide Capital; Robert Boris Ventures, Groton; Recovery Twelve Solutions, Inc.; and The Lefty Cycles Project. Visit www.ChamberECT.com to discover the full Chamber member directory.
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