(Hartford, Conn. January 13, 2014) - Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell are the
recipients of the Saint Francis Care Spirit Award, a recognition of service
that exemplifies the Hospital’s mission and core values.
Over the past
three decades, the commitment of the Mandells to Saint Francis and the
community has been awe-inspiring. Their philanthropic pursuits – to name
a few – include support for: Babson College, the Boys and Girls Club of
Hartford, the Hartford Arts Council, the Mandell Jewish Community Center, the
Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Connecticut Science Center.
In 2008, Mount
Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, a Saint Francis provider, opened the doors to a
new, comprehensive medical center specializing in programs, services, and
groundbreaking research dedicated solely to the care of patients with multiple
sclerosis. The Center would not have been possible without this couple’s very
generous $1 million founding gift. It now bears the Mandell name: The Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center
for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research.
Prior to the
creation of the Center, this type of specialized and comprehensive service for
MS patients was not provided in the Greater Hartford region, and treatment was
rarely available nationwide. To date 1,517 MS patients have benefited
from this couple’s vision.
community, education, philanthropy – these are the core values of this couple
which they have instilled in their family and our community, for the benefit of
generations to come.
The Spirit Award
given to the Mandells features a representation of the chambered nautilus
shell, considered a symbol of perfection and harmony since the time of the
ancient Greeks. Living in its outermost chamber, the nautilus moves from old to
new as it grows, repeating the intricate, strengthening symmetry of its shell.