Michael Timura Donation to Hospital for Special Care Creates New Scholarship for Physical Therapy Students

Nov 02, 2015
Hospital for Special CareNEW BRITAIN, Conn. (Nov. 2, 2015) –  Hospital for Special Care (HSC) announced this week that Mike Timura, a longtime friend, business associate and benefactor has funded an additional scholarship at HSC. With Timura’s latest gift, he has donated in excess of $750,000 since 2000. These donations now fund seven scholarships. The newly established Florence Timura Physical Therapy Scholarship, named after Timura’s late wife Florence, will provide financial assistance to an applicant who is within 24 months of completing all requirements for graduation from the entry-level program, including entry-level doctor of physical therapy (DPT) programs. 

The first scholarship will be awarded Sept. 1, 2016. The first scholarship recipient must graduate by Aug. 31, 2018. This new scholarship will compliment ones Timura had already established in memory of his wife, mother, son, brother and father-in-law.

“Mike feels strongly about the care our clinicians provide at the Hospital,” said Carl R. Ficks, Jr., vice president corporate & donor relations, Hospital for Special Care Foundation. ”Mike wanted to recognize their contributions by establishing these scholarships.” 

“Hospital for Special Care is very grateful for Mike’s generosity and community stewardship,” said John Votto, DO, FCCP, president and CEO, Center of Special Care. “Mike is the single largest individual donor in the history of HSC, and we’ve been around since 1941,” commented Votto. “These scholarships have impacted, and will continue to impact, countless lives of young men and women entering health care professions. Mike’s cumulative giving to HSC has really been transformative. This community, like this hospital, is lucky to have a friend like Mike Timura.”

Timura, a Farmington resident and Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, enjoyed a long and storied career in the construction industry, having joined the Frank E. Downes Construction Company in 1952 and retiring as its Chairman in 2003. He is a National Lifetime Member of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America board of directors and received the National AGC Chairman of the Year Award for two consecutive years for leading its Safety and Health Committee. 

Timura was past president of National AGC Consulting Constructors Council and was also the past president of the Connecticut Chapter of AGC. In addition, Mike is a trustee Emeritus at the New Britain Museum of American Art and a Lifetime Member of the Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers. In 2011, Timura received the inaugural Hands Across Generations Award from the Boys & Girls Club of New Britain, where he continues to serve on the board of directors after 40 years.

About Hospital for Special Care
Hospital for Special Care (HSC) is one of the five largest, free-standing long-term acute care hospitals in the United States and the nation’s only long-term acute-care hospital serving adults and children. HSC is recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders (including ALS research), spinal cord injury, comprehensive heart failure as well as diagnostic, assessment and consulting services for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.

Located in New Britain and Hartford, CT, HSC operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England and the Tri-State area on a not-for-profit basis. For the latest news and information, please visit www.hfsc.org, and follow us on Twitter @HospSpecialCare.


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