NEW BRITAIN – As the Hospital for Special Care gears up for its annual Ivan Lendl Golf Classic on August 16, it has announced a new chair and a new focus.
The hospital named Jonathan Slifka of West Hartford as chair of the event.
The golf event typically takes place at TPC River Highlands and helps individuals living with disabilities pursue their dreams through competitive sports for 25 years. But due to the circumstances caused by the covid-19 pandemic, this year’s event will temporarily shift focus to help HFSC overcome its financial challenges.
HFSC has operated at surge capacity throughout the pandemic caring for patients above the 228 licensed bed capacity, which includes patients severely impacted by covid-19. HFSC said its ability to care for some of the most challenging medical conditions has helped keep intensive care beds open for covid-19 patients at other hospitals.
“Hospital for Special Care has been an extraordinary home for adaptive sports and the Ivan Lendl Adaptive Sports Camp for more than 25 years, and they’ve been on the front lines of a global pandemic for the past year,” Slifka said. “I am absolutely committed to keeping HFSC strong. The adaptive sports camp and program my family and I helped create and build through the years won’t survive without that solid foundation.”
The tournament was started by Slifka and his family who also got tennis legend Ivan Lendl involved. Slifka, executive assistant to the commissioner of the Connecticut State Department of Aging and Disability Services, has remained actively involved in the camp and sports programs at HFSC.
“Jon, Ivan Lendl, our sponsors and volunteers recognize the financial impact the pandemic has had on HFSC, layered on top of years of chronic under-funding,” said Lynn Ricci, HFSC president and CEO. “We are incredibly grateful for their support of our core mission as we work toward long-term funding solutions with state leaders to ensure we can maintain the capacity to care for our most vulnerable patients.”
For more information about the HFSC Ivan Lendl Golf Classic, contact Dee Goodrich at the Hospital for Special Care Foundation at 860-827-4826, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit hfsc.org.