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April 15th, 2014

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Hartford HealthCare’s Integrated Care Partners and Cigna Start Collaborative Care Program to Improve Health and Lower Costs

April 7th, 2014

Cigna (NYSE: CI) and Integrated Care Partners, Hartford HealthCare’s physician-led clinical integration organization that will play a critical role in improving how patient care is delivered, have launched a collaborative care initiative to improve patient access to health care; enhance care coordination; and better achieve the goal of improved health, affordability and patient experience. The program became effective April 1, and is Cigna’s seventh collaborative care initiative in Connecticut.

  • Consumers benefit from improved care coordination and greater emphasis on preventive care
  • Primary care doctors are rewarded for improving patient health and lowering medical costs
  • Program includes registered nurse care coordinators aligned with Cigna case managers
  • Cigna’s seventh collaborative care initiative in Connecticut

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Getting Fit? Hartford HealthCare Has an App for That!

April 7th, 2014

Hartford HealthCare (HHC) is taking health and wellness to the mainstream by launching its HealtheMinder app and a radio station on Pandora designed to inspire listeners to get fit.

HealtheMinder is a free, all-in-one health tracking app to monitor your well-being – including your weight, BMI, calorie intake, medicine type, dose and frequency; blood pressure and glucose levels – while even keeping track of your doctor appointments.

It’s the perfect app to complement your fitness goals. And when it’s time to exercise, tune into Hartford HealthCare’s exclusive new fitness radio station on Pandora.

Hartford HealthCare developed the HHC-branded radio station, along with Pandora’s Music Creation Team, and created a special radio station with music selected to keep you moving.

To listen to the Hartford HealthCare’s Pandora radio station go to the Pandora app and search Hartford HealthCare Wellness Radio.  To download the HealthEMinder app go to the app store and search for it on your smartphone or tablet.

Recent CT Forum featuring Dr. Schwartz to air on CPTV on April 8th, 14th & 20th

March 19th, 2014

Dr. Harold I. Schwartz, Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Vice President for Behavioral Health at Hartford Hospital/Institute of Living, was a panelist at the Connecticut Forum at The Bushnell on March 7, 2014. The topic was “An Honest Look at Mental Illness,” and the Forum was hosted by Hartford HealthCare.

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Behavioral Health Network to Host Next Connecticut Forum at the Bushnell

February 21st, 2014

The Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network is partnering with The Connecticut Forum to host, “An Honest Look at Mental Illness:  A conversation about perceptions, realities, and what it’s like to work and live with the stigma of mental illness” on Friday, March 7, at 8 p.m. at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford. Read the rest of this entry »

Black & Red Gala raises more than $1 million to benefit The Institute of Living

February 21st, 2014

Hartford Hospital celebrated its most successful Black & Red Gala ever on January 22nd at the Bushnell. More than 1,200 guests attended the annual fundraising event, which this year benefited The Institute of Living. Read the rest of this entry »

Hebrew Health Care and Hartford HealthCare Form Partnership

February 20th, 2014

Hebrew Health Care in West Hartford and Hartford HealthCare have agreed to form a strategic partnership in order to improve access to resources, services and programs throughout both systems. The partnership will be achieved through management consulting and clinical affiliation agreements with Hartford HealthCare. Hebrew Health Care will continue to be governed by an independent Board of Trustees and its own management team. A definitive agreement is in development.
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New Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program Announced

December 20th, 2013

The ACGME recently approved the IOL’s application to establish a University of Connecticut/Institute of Living training program in Geriatric Psychiatry, effective July 1, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

John W. Goethe, M.D. to present at the annual meeting of the World Psychiatric Association

September 18th, 2013

Dr. John Goethe, Director of the Burlingame Center for Psychiatric Research and Education and Director of the Mood Disorders Program, has been invited to make two presentations at the annual meeting of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA). Read the rest of this entry »

Hartford HealthCare Selected to Be First MSK Cancer Alliance Member

September 17th, 2013

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center today launched a transformative initiative to improve the quality of cancer care and the lives of cancer patients. Hartford HealthCare, a multi-hospital health care system in Connecticut, was selected as a pioneering member of the newly formed Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Alliance.

The joint announcement, made in Hartford by leaders of the two organizations, comes after year-long discussions resulting in a distinctive clinical and research partnership built to rapidly move innovative, evidence-based cancer care into the community setting and enable bi-directional learning across the institutions.

Andrew Salner, Jose Baselga, Craig Thompson, Elliot Joseph

L-R: Andrew Salner, MD, Director of Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center; Jose Baselga, MD, Physician-in-Chief, Memorial Sloan-Kettering; Craig Thompson, MD, PhD, President & CEO, Memorial Sloan-Kettering; Elliot Joseph, President & CEO, Hartford HealthCare

“For more than a century, Memorial Sloan-Kettering has delivered exceptional cancer care and generated the discoveries necessary to develop effective new treatments. Today, we recognize the need to do more,” said Craig Thompson, MD, President and CEO of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. “Through the MSK Cancer Alliance—and in collaboration with Hartford HealthCare as a pioneering member—we are looking to create a new model to address the fundamental challenge of providing high-quality cancer care in a wider population of patients.”

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“It’s an honor to be selected as the first partner of the MSK Cancer Alliance,” said Elliot Joseph, President and CEO of Hartford HealthCare. “Memorial Sloan-Kettering chose Hartford HealthCare because of our dedication to delivering high-quality, consistent care across the state and because of the proven expertise of our physicians and medical teams. This will save lives by bringing evidence-based, world-class standards to our entire provider network. We are proud to be the model on which the MSK Cancer Alliance will grow.”

The MSK Cancer Alliance is designed to enable an ongoing, “living, breathing” dynamic partnership between the comprehensive cancer center and community oncology providers, in order to bring the newest knowledge into the community setting.

“Currently, the vast majority of cancer care in the United States is delivered by community oncologists, but cancer advances can take years to be adopted in a community setting,” said José Baselga, MD, Physician-in-Chief of Memorial Sloan-Kettering, who notes that ongoing, interactive real-time relationships are needed to effectively close this gap. “We want to rapidly accelerate the pace of integrating the latest advances of cancer care into a community setting.  This unprecedented approach will demonstrate real value to both organizations and most importantly will improve the lives of cancer patients,” he added.

Among the many distinctive aspects of the collaboration is the establishment of the first MSK Alliance clinical trials site at Hartford Hospital, where many of the cancer clinical trials from MSK’s robust portfolio will be provided on-site. This will dramatically improve patient access to the latest cancer advances and breakthroughs.

“Through the MSK Cancer Alliance, MSK and HHC will together develop strategies to improve outcomes, and reduce the barriers to high-quality cancer care that many patients and families in Connecticut face today,” said Andrew Salner, Director of the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center. “This alliance gives us the chance to expedite the time it takes to get the most advanced treatment to our patients, eliminating barriers that often exist.”

Memorial Sloan-Kettering physicians and leadership will now be collaboratively guiding HHC toward excellence in both its cancer care and clinical research programs. This will be achieved, for example, by collaborating on disease management teams, through on-site observations of new techniques, by sharing educational resources, by conducting quality and outcomes research, and by working together toward expanded access to MSK’s clinical trials. Through these ongoing efforts, HHC will be empowered to learn, adapt to and adopt Memorial Sloan-Kettering standards of care within the context of its own institution and in the context of the communities it serves.

Over the next six months, teams from MSK and the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute will work collaboratively to assess the resources and capabilities of each of the system’s five acute care hospitals, identifying specific areas of focus. In addition, they will jointly recruit a physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute who will be on the staff at both Hartford HealthCare and Memorial Sloan-Kettering. The two organizations will work over the next few months to integrate Hartford physicians into MSK’s disease management teams.

The critical need for such an Alliance can be found in a report recently issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) that described the challenge of delivering high-quality cancer care as a national “crisis” and noted advances in treatment may be unavailable to patients who lack access to sophisticated genetic tests or clinical trials. It noted that by 2030 new diagnoses are expected to reach 2.3 million a year as the population ages and that there may not be enough oncology specialists to care for these patients. In addition, doctors are having a hard time keeping up with complex new treatments, and too often decisions about cancer treatments aren’t based on good evidence.

“When it comes to cancer treatment, one size no longer fits all. We need outcomes-based solutions on an entirely new scale due to these extraordinary challenges,” said Dr. Thompson. “Our approach will substantively address issues raised in the IOM report,” added Dr. Thompson, who notes that we are building this Alliance—and beginning in Hartford—based on the belief that we all have something to learn from each other.”

MSK and HHC will work collaboratively to measure changes in outcomes including survival rates, quality of life, and total cost of care. HHC and future Alliance members will provide MSK with first-hand knowledge of how cancer advances are practiced in a community setting, where more than 80 percent of cancer patients in the United States receive cancer care.

While this approach to bringing truly state-of the-art cancer care to local communities is focused on the rapid application of new knowledge, it does not require building new facilities, thus further providing a cost-effective model for delivering care.

After already spending more than a year to develop the structure and plan for the Alliance, both organizations are deeply committed to this initiative and believe this innovative model holds much promise to significantly improve cancer outcomes for patients.

“Good cancer care is not just treating cancer—it’s treating your cancer. Likewise, our partnership was designed to adapt and respond to the particular needs of Hartford HealthCare, its clinicians and its patients—and, together, MSK and HHC can evolve with the ever-changing practice of oncology,” said Dr. Thompson.

About Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center with more than 125 years devoted to exceptional patient care, innovative research, and outstanding educational programs. Memorial Sloan-Kettering is one of 41 National Cancer Institute–designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, with state-of-the-art science flourishing side by side with clinical studies and treatment.

The close collaboration between physicians and scientists enables Memorial Sloan-Kettering to provide patients with the best care available as they work to discover more-effective strategies to prevent, control, and ultimately cure cancer in the future. Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s education programs train future physicians and scientists, and the knowledge and experience they gain at Memorial Sloan-Kettering has an impact on cancer treatment and biomedical research around the world. For more information, go to