Darien resident donates world transplant medals to hospital
Robert "Pete" Kenyon III, of Darien, a record-breaker, recently donated four gold medals he won last year at the World Transplant Games in Goteborg, Sweden, to the cardiac inpatient units at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Kenyon, who set a new world record at the World Games last summer in the 50-, 100-, 200- and 400-meter freestyle swimming events, in the 70 years or older age bracket, donated his medals in recognition of the "professional, compassionate and healing care he received" during his hospitalization at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he received a heart device and heart transplant. Kenyon is a record-holder for surviving more than three years on a device that replaced the left side of his heart.
Yale-New Haven Hospital is a nationally recognized, 966-bed, nonprofit hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Yale School of Medicine. Yale-New Haven was founded as the fourth voluntary hospital in the U.S. in 1826 and today, the hospital complex includes Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital. Yale-New Haven Hospital has 8,000 employees and a combined medical staff of 3,600 university and community physicians practicing in more than 100 specialties. Yale-New Haven Hospital is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet hospital, national confirmation that the nursing staff provides outstanding patient care.
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