GREENWICH, Conn. – Longtime health advocate Dr. Romelle J. Maloney received the Female Trailblazer Award at the 2016 Doctors of Distinction ceremony Wednesday for her work to empower women of all ages and ethnicities to take charge of their health.
“I became a doctor to help women realize that they have much to offer their families, community and the world,” said Maloney, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Greenwich Hospital and Northeast Medical Group, both part of Yale New Haven Health. “Excellence in clinical service and patient satisfaction are top priorities at Greenwich and I am happy to be a member of the staff.”
Maloney also thanked her 87-year-old mother, Dorothy Jones, who traveled from Memphis, Tennessee, to attend the ceremony, and her grandmother, Gertrude Betty Jones, a “forward thinking woman” in the Jim Crow state of Mississippi who “dared to believe her children should receive a college education.”
“It is in their honor that I accept this Doctors of Distinction award,” she said.
Maloney’s medical reach extends far beyond her work as a physician to her service in the greater community.
“This is a much-deserved award. Dr. Maloney has assumed increasing leadership roles at Greenwich, especially in the areas of providing high quality care to our patients and educating the communities we serve,” said Spike Lipschutz, M.D., senior vice president, medical services and chief medical officer.
Maloney sits on the board of Fairfield County American Heart Association (AHA). She serves on its community action committee, which successfully advocated having Connecticut high schools require cardiopulmonary resuscitation classes. They are now focusing on changing vending machine offerings in Connecticut schools and corporations to allow for more healthy choices.
She is a member of the Mavis and Ephraim Hawthorne Golden Krust Bakery Foundation board and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, both of which provide scholarships to college-bound students. She also mentors young, at-risk women through the sorority’s signature youth enrichment program, ASCEND (Achievement, Self-awareness, Communication, Engagement, Networking and Development Skills).
Maloney received her medical degree at East Tennessee State University and completed her OB/GYN residency at New York Medical College. She resides in Stamford.