Hartford HealthCare News

  • Can Too Much Exercise Be Bad For Your Heart?

    October 17, 2017 | By Steve Coates

    There is no doubt that exercise is good for you? But at what point does it become too much of a good thing?

  • Hartford HealthCare Physician Provides Perspective On Anthem Dispute

    October 03, 2017

    Hartford HealthCare, in its second day of a contract impasse with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, released a video statement Monday by a high-ranking physician who called for a quick settlement that would minimize patient disruption.

  • Middle-aged women prescribed more opioid painkillers, study finds

    September 29, 2017

    A recent study is adding a new face to the growing opioid crisis.

  • 'Jansporting': The Backpack And The Bottle

    September 28, 2017

    A warning for parents about the latest dangerous - perhaps even deadly - college campus trend: Jansporting.

  • NFL Week 4 Injury Report: Andrew Luck (Shoulder)

    September 28, 2017

    Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports orthopedic specialist from the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital.

  • Learn About Life After Cancer

    September 28, 2017

    The Hartford HealthCare (HHC) Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) is hosting “Cancer Transitions, A Guide to Your Life After Cancer,” a free four-week series open to all cancer patients who have recently completed treatment.

  • A Peak Inside The World Of Retail Healthcare

    September 28, 2017

    Imagine for a moment your favorite retail experience. What makes it so unique? What makes you go want to go back again and again?

  • NFL Protest: 'Mom, What Does 'Taking A Knee' Mean?'

    September 27, 2017

    The latest hot social media trend -- NFL players and other athletes "taking a knee" during the national anthem in a show of solidarity after comments by President Trump -- has parents scrambling on what to tell their kids.

  • HHC Behavioral Health Leader Urges Employers to Offer Support for Staff Fighting Addiction

    September 27, 2017

    Senior Vice President of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network Pat Rehmer is urging business leaders to give employees support and access to treatment if they’re battling opioid or other addiction.

  • Natchaug Hospital to Offer Free Depression Screenings at Outpatient Sites on Oct. 5

    September 26, 2017

    To mark National Depression Screening Day on October 5, Natchaug Hospital and Hartford HealthCare at Home are offering free, confidential depression screenings at several outpatient centers throughout Connecticut.

  • HHC engineer seeks to ‘pay it forward’ as recovery coach

    September 26, 2017

    Recovery is Michael Meheran’s passion. Now, the Hartford Hospital Engineering Department staff member would like to make helping people find the peace he’s experienced in sobriety a career.

  • Cheers! WNPR Stops By Bone & Joint Institute For 'Food Schmooze'

    September 25, 2017

    Let's put aside bones and joints for a moment. You must be starving by now. So let's talk about food, the topic du jour Thursday on WNPR when Faith Middleton brought "Food Schmooze" to the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute demonstration kitchen for an hour of cooking tips (whole fish on the grill) and good-for-your-muskuloskelatal-health tips from the institute's physician in chief, Dr. Courtland Lewis.

  • A New Voice Of Recovery At Behavioral Health Network

    September 25, 2017

    For Karen Kangas, the Behavioral Health Network’s new Director of Recovery and Family Affairs, hope is the best tool you can give a person battling addiction and mental illness.

  • How Recovery Coaches Can Reshape The ER

    September 25, 2017

    With crowded waiting rooms and busy clinicians, mental health and substance abuse patients don’t always receive the most optimal care in healthcare settings. And for good reason – emergency room staff are generally focused on serious physical problems, rapid assessments and “in the moment” treatment.

  • GoHealth Urgent Care Opens In Meriden

    September 15, 2017

    Is this the new shape of urgent care in America, with a reception area but no receptionist and no patient paperwork, open space instead of walls, no magazines (but complimentary decaf Tazo tea) in the waiting area and oversize examination rooms?

  • Life Star Feted By Peers For Excellence In The Workplace

    September 14, 2017

    The crew and staff of Hartford HealthCare's critical care helicopter service Life Star have been recognized with the 2017 Connecticut Nurses Association (CNA) Excellence in the Workplace award.

  • Study: Hormone Replacement Therapy Not A Health Risk

    September 14, 2017

    For years, women experiencing menopause have been faced with conflicting studies about the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy. Now, a landmark study is offering some reassurance for women who have undergone or plan to undergo the treatment aimed at relieving some menopausal symptoms.

  • Waterford Oncology Practice Expands

    September 13, 2017

    The Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Oncology and Hematology in Waterford recently expanded its clinical staff with the addition of a trilingual specialist interested in breast cancer as well as other solid tumors and blood-borne cancers.

  • A Life Worth Living: Zero Suicide Initiative Focuses on Helping At-Risk Patients

    September 13, 2017

    Suicide prevention is a topic that’s very close to Patricia Hayward-Paige’s heart. The Natchaug pharmacy technician lost a close friend to suicide nearly 20 years ago.

  • Hartford HealthCare announces regional leadership changes

    September 11, 2017 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Hartford HealthCare (HHC) Monday announced executive leadership changes that include new presidents in each of its regions, including Backus and Windham hospitals, Hartford Hospital, the Hospital of Central Connecticut and MidState Medical Center. The changes will take effect Oct. 1, the start of the health system’s fiscal year.

  • Movement Disorders Neurologist Joins Chase Family Movement Disorder Center

    September 08, 2017

    Dr. Michelle Lavallee Dagostine is a board-certified movement disorders neurologist and joins the Ayer Neuroscience Institute at the Chase Family Movement Disorder Center at MidState Medical Center.

  • Preventing Teen Suicide

    September 07, 2017

    It's a serious subject that some people avoid talking about - but it needs to be spoken of regularly for the purpose of saving lives!

  • Cancer And The Immune System: FDA Panel’s Approval Of Pioneering T-Cell Therapy

    September 05, 2017

    The availability of a pioneering T-cell therapy, the first treatment that genetically alters a patient’s cells, moved one step closer recently with FDA approval.

  • With New Therapy Guide, Hoarding Goes From Pop Culture To Evidence-Based Practice

    August 30, 2017

    Movies and television have long featured people suffering from common mental health conditions. Hoarding disorder has been highlighted on “The Dr. Oz Show,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show and the A&E series “Hoarders.”

  • Headache Help Comes to Waterford

    August 29, 2017

    If you struggle with chronic headaches, the last thing you need is to wait a year and drive several hours for an appointment with a specialist. The opening of the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center in Waterford means sufferers from three states can cross that off the list of things causing their heads to throb.

  • Stanley Black & Decker Commits $2 Million to the Campaign for Hartford Hospital

    August 28, 2017

    Hartford Hospital announced that Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) has committed to donate $2 Million to the Campaign for Hartford Hospital. The donation will be used to support Hartford HealthCare’s Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI).

  • GoHealth Urgent Care Opening Sept. 1 In Meriden

    August 28, 2017

    The latest Hartford HealthCare-GoHealth Urgent Care center opens in Meriden Sept. 1. The center, across the street from the Townline Square Shopping Center, is among the first wave of as many as 15 urgent-care centers in the next 18 months to be operated jointly by Hartford HealthCare and GoHealth Urgent Care

  • Cancer Institute Head: Fight Teen Smoking By Raising Legal Age

    August 22, 2017

    There is absolutely nothing good about tobacco, according to Dr. Peter Yu, head of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute.

  • Baby Boomers, Beware: You Are At Risk For Hepatitis C

    August 18, 2017

    More than 3 million people live with hepatitis C, the most common blood-borne disease affecting the baby boomer generation - but many don't even know they have it. Hartford Hospital's Dr. Michael Einstein tells you what you need to know about this devastating liver disease:

  • New Melanoma Center Offers ABC’s of Skin Cancer

    August 17, 2017

    We love our beach days and warm sunshine, but the sobering fact is that there are more new cases of skin cancer in this country each year than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined.

  • Is West Nile Virus At Threat, Even After Mosquitoes Test Positive In 12 Towns?

    August 17, 2017

    The mosquito, eclipsed by the tick as a summertime health threat in the state, attracted renewed interest this week after the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station announced mosquitoes in 12 towns tested positive for West Nile virus this season.

  • Hartford HealthCare Hosts Pitching Clinic at Dunkin’ Donuts Park

    August 16, 2017

    Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford, the home of the Hartford Yard Goats, is usually quiet on a Sunday morning. But this past Sunday, August 13th, nearly seventy-five young people took part in the 2017 Hartford HealthCare Pitching Clinic.

  • What Happens If You Look At The Sun During A Solar Eclipse?

    August 15, 2017

    Don't look now, but the solar eclipse is coming Aug 21. It's the first total eclipse visible from the United States since 1979, though Connecticut residents will see only a partial eclipse when the moon blocks the sun from 1:25 p.m. to 3:59 p.m.

  • Back to School Means Back to Sleep - Tips for Getting your Kids Back in the Groove

    August 15, 2017

    Ah, summer vacation – for teens and adolescents that may be a signal to become nocturnal, staying up long into the night in the glow of a screen and lounging in bed until well past noon.

  • Immunotherapy Treatment Brings Hope to Melanoma Patients

    August 10, 2017

    More than one million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the year ahead, but with precision medicine, more targeted treatment and new options like immunotherapy, there is more hope than ever before. This is particularly true when it comes to melanoma, a particularly deadly form of skin cancer.

  • Celebrate life at Hartford Hospital’s annual Cancer Survivor’s Day

    August 10, 2017

    The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital will host its 28th annual Cancer Survivor’s Day event on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Marriott Hartford Downtown.

  • U.S. News & World Report Names Hartford Hospital Best in Region

    August 08, 2017

    Hartford Hospital has been ranked #1 in the Hartford region and among the best in Connecticut for 2016-2017 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 28th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. This year, Hartford Hospital ranks in six specialties and five procedures.

  • New physician to oversee thoracic program at MidState Medical Center, Hospital of Central Connecticut

    August 08, 2017

    Dr. Stefan Kachala has joined the medical staffs of MidState Medical Center and The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) and will oversee their thoracic program, which provides multidisciplinary, coordinated care to patients who need surgical treatment of the chest – including the lungs, esophagus and thymus.

  • Disc Replacement Better Option for Some Patients With Neck and Lower Back Pain

    August 03, 2017

    When it comes to disc replacement surgery, there aren’t many surgeons with more experience than Backus’ Michael Halperin, MD.

  • White House Commission Urges President to Declare Opioid Epidemic a National Emergency

    August 02, 2017

    A White House commission focused on addressing drug addiction released its preliminary report on Monday, including its “most urgent recommendation” – that the president declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency.

  • Hartford Hospital Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

    August 02, 2017

    Dozens gathered in front of the Hartford Hospital campus on Aug. 2 at a special event to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, recognized around the world each year during Aug. 1-7.

  • K2 vs. Marijuana: Why The Synthetic Is So Much More Dangerous

    July 31, 2017

    Do not confuse marijuana with a synthetic version marketed as K2 or Spice. Marijuana, now legal for medical purposes in 29 states (in Connecticut, a 2.5-ounce limit per month) and the District of Columbia, has earned a reputation as a drug known for a laid-back high and its increasing medicinal usage.

  • Know the Difference Between Real and “Fake” Health Care

    July 27, 2017

    Most health care practices help people feel better and can save lives. But there’s a side of health care that’s not only not helpful, but potentially harmful.

  • Alcohol is the Most Commonly Used Addictive Substance for Adolescents

    July 25, 2017

    Dozens of people, most of them in their late teens and early 20s, were hospitalized at a Friday night concert in Hartford, bringing increased attention to the issue of underage binge drinking.

  • Why The Spike In Heart-Rhythm Disorders That Prompted Hartford Hospital's Expanded Electrophysiology Lab?

    July 24, 2017

    The Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute's Electrophysiology Lab at Hartford Hospital, which last year performed 1,300 procedures for more than 800 patients, knows what to expect from an aging population -- more and more patients with heart-rhythm disorders.

  • Garden Blooms from Cancer Diagnosis

    July 24, 2017

    The Lowengard family cancer odyssey began the afternoon of Sept. 13, 2016. I was heading north on I-91 from New York City to Hartford to accompany my mother to a doctor’s appointment when I was pulled over in Wethersfield for allegedly texting while driving.

  • Expanded Electrophysiology Lab Opens At Hartford Hospital

    July 21, 2017

    The Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute opened its expanded Cardiac Electrophysiology Lab at Hartford Hospital on July 10, offering state-of-the-art technology and a dedicated, eight-patient suite for pre- and post-procedure care.

  • Hartford HealthCare Family Health Center Opens In Prospect

    July 20, 2017

    Hartford HealthCare Family Health Center, a familiar presence in central and eastern Connecticut, is reaching into new territory with its latest location in Prospect that opened July 20 at 73 Waterbury Road.

  • Hartford HealthCare-GoHealth Urgent Care Center Now Open in Glastonbury

    July 17, 2017

    Is this the new shape of urgent care in America, with a reception area but no receptionist and no patient paperwork, open space instead of walls, no magazines (but complimentary decaf Tazo tea) in the waiting area and doctors in oversize examination rooms visible to all through transparent "smart glass" until a patient enters, when it turns a privacy-preserving opaque with the flip of a switch?

  • Headache Center Opens in West Hartford

    July 14, 2017

    Shortly after joining Hartford HealthCare in 2015, Headache Center Medical Director Dr. Brian Grosberg said “our mission is to develop a nationally recognized” headache center.

  • Netflix Takes On Anorexia In “To The Bone”

    July 13, 2017

    First suicide, now anorexia. Netflix certainly isn’t shying away from controversial topics. On the heels of the “13 Reasons Why” series on suicide, Netflix has created a new movie, “To the Bone,” that focuses on anorexia and debuts July 14.

  • Alcohol Addiction: Out From The Shadows Of Opioid Abuse

    July 13, 2017

    While opioid abuse is getting the headlines, the recent death of actor Nelsan Ellis confirms that alcohol addiction remains a major problem in society.

  • Podcast: Cardiologist Dr. Paul Thompson Weighs In On Kids’ Heart Health, Exercising In The Heat

    July 11, 2017

    Cardiologist Dr. Paul Thompson is co-physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute. He is also a recognized national and international expert on the athlete’s heart. In these set of wide-ranging interviews with radio hosts Rob Dibble and Ben Darnell, Dr. Thompson talks about exercising in the heat, heart health in kids, the effects of anabolic steroids on the heart, and why bad CPR is better than no CPR.

  • ERRACE = Everyone Ride/Run Against Cancer Everyday

    July 10, 2017

    ERRACE stands for Everyone Ride/Run Against Cancer Everyday. It was started in 2010 to raise awareness of cancer, raise funds for cancer research and to inspire the community to be active and health conscious.

  • Neuroscience Institute-Trinity College Partner Now for the Future

    July 07, 2017

    Trinity College is known for offering lots of opportunities for its students, including a neuroscience curriculum, which is rare for a liberal arts college.

  • Hartford HealthCare’s Preferred Provider Network Partners With Nursing Homes to Improve Post-Hospital Care

    July 05, 2017

    Hartford HealthCare recently introduced a skilled nursing Preferred Provider Network, a partnership that is expected to help quicken recovery times, improve outcomes, provide personalized care plans and reduce hospital readmissions for patients.

  • Debilitating migraines can be treated

    June 30, 2017

    While June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, millions of people around the world suffer from intense migraines throughout the year.

  • National Events Encourage Suicide Conversation

    June 23, 2017

    Once a taboo subject, suicide is being talked about openly lately due to the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” and a recent controversial court case in Taunton, Mass. in which a teenage girl was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide through text messages and phone calls.

  • With Budget Deadline Looming, State’s Fiscal Crisis Weighs On Hospitals Facing Tax Hike

    June 21, 2017

    Connecticut’s hospitals, wary about the round-and-round state budget talks that could add hundreds of millions of dollars in tax increases to the healthcare industry, have released a television advertisement that calls on legislators to “stand up and strengthen our care.”

  • Report: State Near Top In ED, Hospital Visits For Opioid Abuse

    June 20, 2017

    Connecticut has one of the nation's highest rates of opioid-related inpatient stays in the country, according to a federal government report released June 20 that also shows 1.27 million emergency department visits or inpatient stays nationwide in a one-year period.

  • Leaky Mitral Heart Valve? There's A New Repair Technique Available.

    June 19, 2017

    For those with a leaking mitral heart valve, a new way to repair (rather than replace) it is now possible, thanks to a surgical technique developed by Dr. Sabet Hashim, co-physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute.

  • Hartford HealthCare Officially Opens New Family Health Center in Plainfield

    June 16, 2017

    PLAINFIELD—More than 50 people including community leaders, physicians and staff helped Hartford HealthCare, Hartford HealthCare Medical Group and Backus Hospital officially open the new Hartford HealthCare Family Health Center in Plainfield during a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 15.

  • Community and Hartford HealthCare Leaders Cut the Ribbon to Celebrate CESI Expansion

    June 15, 2017

    Before healthcare providers, surgical techniques and medical devices go to work in the clinical setting, they need to be trained and tested to ensure the highest quality. Very few facilities are capable of offering simulation-based education and training, and only a handful have a reputation as a true center of excellence where providers and corporate clients alike can learn new skills and develop the latest in medical products and practices.

  • Is There Anything Good about ‘13 Reasons Why?’

    June 14, 2017

    The Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why,” based on a young- adult novel of the same name, has captured the attention of adolescents and adults alike since its release on March 31. Many have criticized the series for glamorizing suicide and risking an increase in copycat suicides.

  • Signs, symptoms and treatment of hernias

    June 13, 2017

    One of the most frequently performed operations by general surgeons worldwide is the repair of an abdominal wall hernia. Approximately one million hernia operations are performed each year in the U.S.

  • Study: Waist Only 4 Inches Bigger Than Average Can Increase Cancer Risk

    June 13, 2017

    If your waist measures 40 inches or more -- the average adult American waist, both male and female, is 36 inches -- it could be as revealing as your body mass index in assessing your risk of cancers associated with obesity, according to research published this week in the British Journal of Cancer.

  • Hartford HealthCare at Home opens new location in Southbury

    June 09, 2017

    To better provide home care services to the public in the tri-town area of Southbury, Middlebury and Woodbury, Hartford HealthCare at Home opened a new location in Southbury on June 8.

  • Hartford HealthCare Launches Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at MidState Medical Center

    June 08, 2017

    Hartford HealthCare has opened a new Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at MidState Medical Center. The Institute brings together more of Connecticut’s best orthopaedic surgeons to create a new center for the care and recovery of patients with musculoskeletal injuries and disorders.

  • Ms. Senior Mulberry Pageant Showcases Women Who Embrace Healthy Aging

    June 06, 2017

    Eighty-three-year-old Celia Harris put her hands to her face and shed a tear when she heard that she was the 2017 Ms. Senior Mulberry Pageant winner.

  • Even in small amounts, daily alcohol consumption increases breast cancer risk, new study says

    June 05, 2017

    From helping to shed pounds to improving your immune system, a glass of red wine a day has long been seen as being good for a your overall health. However, a new study by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research shows that both premenopausal and postmenopausal women have a greater risk of breast cancer if they consume even a small amount of alcohol daily.

  • Center for Healthy Aging Opens Library For Dementia Caregivers

    June 01, 2017

    A lending library that opened May 25 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut will make it easier for caregivers who prefer physical browsing with dozens of books, DVDs and literature available.

  • Dr. Karen Blank: How To Find The Right Care After A Dementia Diagnosis

    May 31, 2017

    Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. More than 5 million Americans currently have the disease — and that number could rise to 16 million by 2050. With diagnoses of Alzheimer’s and dementia on the rise, coordination between providers and community organizations is critical to support patients and their caregivers.

  • Tiger Woods’ DUI Arrest: The Dangers Of Mixing Medications

    May 31, 2017

    Golfer Tiger Woods is apologizing to family, friends and fans for his DUI arrest in the early morning of Memorial Day in Jupiter, Fla.

  • Beyond Lyme Disease: A Tick Can Transmit These Potentially Fatal Diseases, Too

    May 25, 2017

    The tick built its reputation in Connecticut as a pathogen-carrying menace through the local origins of Lyme disease, but this blood-sucking parasite is no one-trick carrier.

  • Gypsy Moth Caterpillars: Cute And (Possibly) Itch-Inducing

    May 24, 2017

    Gypsy moth caterpillars are out in full force this spring - and with them come an annoying and itchy (if relatively harmless) contact dermatitis, or rash.

  • Safety Assessments Of Homes Essential For Older Adults

    May 24, 2017

    Over time, a lovely home may no longer be the safest home for an aging adult. Instead, it may become a dangerous obstacle course challenging mobility and safety.

  • What To Say To Your Child About England Concert Bombing

    May 23, 2017

    What should your young children know about the suicide bombing Monday night in Manchester, England, that killed 22 people and injured at least 119 at a concert by pop artist Ariana Grande attended by thousands of teens?

  • HHC Behavioral Health Network to Host Screening and “What’s Wrong (and Right) with ‘13 Reasons Why’” Forum

    May 18, 2017

    The Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network (BHN) is hosting a community screening and forum entitled, “What’s Wrong (and Right) with ‘13 Reasons Why’” on Monday, June 12 starting at 6 pm at Real Art Ways in Hartford.

  • Understanding the ‘Gender Revolution’

    May 17, 2017

    IOL’s Family Resource Center to host documentary film screening and panel discussion at Real Art Ways June 6

  • The Movement To Create Generation “ZERO Prostate”

    May 16, 2017

    It is a cancer that only affects men – and in a way so personal that those who receive a diagnosis are all-too-often stigmatized into silence.

  • ’13 Reasons Why’ Risks Copycat Suicides

    May 16, 2017

    This op-ed was originally published May 15 in The Hartford Courant. It is reproduced here with permission.

  • ’13 Reasons’: How Do Parents Deal With A Show For Kids About Suicide?

    May 12, 2017

    The Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why,” based on a young- adult novel of the same name, has captured the attention of adolescents and adults alike since its release on March 31. The series tells the story of teenager Hannah Baker who takes her own life and leaves behind cassette tapes chronicling the 13 reasons why she did it.

  • A Warning To Parents On Blue Whale Challenge Suicide ‘Game’ For Teens

    May 12, 2017

    Most people have heard of Russian Roulette. But now a lesser-known game emanating from Russia is a new threat to children and teens across the globe – including Connecticut.

  • Accomplished Spine Surgeon Performs First Case at Windham Hospital

    May 12, 2017

    Windham Hospital continues to expand orthopedic surgical options for patients.

  • DeLauro: $5.5 Million Federal Grant A ‘First Step’ In Fighting Opioid Crisis In State

    May 11, 2017

    Connecticut’s battle with the opioid epidemic will be aided by a $5.5 million federal grant, but sustained effort is key, said U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro during a press conference at Rushford’s Middletown facility on Tuesday.

  • Family Health Center To Open In Southington In September

    May 11, 2017

    SOUTHINGTON – The Hartford HealthCare Family Health Center on Queen Street is expected to open in September, offering a wide range of new and expanded services to the community, as well as economic benefits.

  • HHC Cancer Institute Receives National Recognition

    May 08, 2017

    The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute (HHCCI) meets or exceeds all the national standards required by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, according to recent site surveys and data analysis.

  • Free event for prostate cancer survivors to be held May 9

    May 03, 2017

    Being diagnosed with prostate cancer can be a confusing time. That’s why the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute offers a nurse navigator program – to help guide cancer patients and their families through what can be an unfamiliar healthcare system.

  • Important Information for Patients with UnitedHealthcare and Oxford Health Plans

    April 15, 2017 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Hartford HealthCare and UnitedHealthcare have agreed on a new contract. Members of UnitedHealthcare and Oxford Health Plans may continue to use Hartford HealthCare services as usual, on an in-network basis.

  • Hartford HealthCare, GE Healthcare Join Forces To Create New Solutions For Faster, Better Care

    April 11, 2017

    Hartford HealthCare and GE Healthcare announced plans to launch a series of projects over seven years — all aimed at getting patients the care they need more quickly and safely.

  • After Tragic Loss Of Baby, Renewed Awareness Of State’s Safe Haven Law

    April 03, 2017

    After the discovery of a baby’s body in a Harwinton reservoir March 21, advocates and state lawmakers are speaking out to bring more awareness to the state’s Safe Haven Law that allows parents to drop off newborns at hospital emergency departments — no questions asked.

  • Why Their Visit To New Britain Museum Proves Invigorating For People With Memory Loss

    March 30, 2017

    Pouty “Miss Cara Burch” does not look very happy in her 1888 portrait by American artist John Singer Sargent, but she captivated a group of older adults viewing the painting March 22 at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

  • Stonehaven clients share their stories with teens

    March 24, 2017

    As part of their recovery program as clients at Rushford’s Stonehaven program, Steven Sokolowski and William Pugh were recently asked to share their stories of addiction and despair with a group of adolescent clients at Rushford’s Stonegate campus in Durham.

  • Substance-Abuse Crisis: Two Hospitals Add Recovery Coaches In Emergency Departments

    March 16, 2017

    In her time as nurse manager of the Emergency Department at Windham Hospital, Meghan Hilliard has seen firsthand the devastation caused by addiction and substance-use disorders in her community.

  • The storm is over. Stay safe during the cleanup!

    March 15, 2017 | By Hartford HealthCare

    The storm is over. All Hartford HealthCare locations will be on a normal schedule starting Thursday, March 16.

  • Backus Welcomes Baby Boy During Blizzard

    March 14, 2017

    While this late season blizzard has been a pain for most of us, it will be remembered with great joy by the Hardee family of North Stonington.

  • What You Need to Know About Hearing Loss

    March 09, 2017

    A: Hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic condition in adults, following hypertension and arthritis. One in 3 people over the age of 60 has hearing loss.

  • Federal Government Asks IOL To Research Different Type Of DUI (Marijuana)

    February 21, 2017

    When it comes to driving under the influence, a lot is known about the effects of alcohol on drivers, and the best tests to use to determine if a driver has been drinking too much.

  • HHC Heart and Vascular Institute and American Heart Association Team-Up for Employee Wellness Symposium

    February 17, 2017

    Prevention and accountability are the keys to any successful employee wellness program. That was the theme of the inaugural Workplace Health Symposium hosted by American Heart Association and the Hartford HealthCare Heart and Vascular Institute on Feb. 14 at the East Region System Support Office in Norwich.

  • MidState hosts presentation on advances in prostate health

    February 07, 2017

    A free presentation on the latest advances in prostate cancer screening and testing featuring Dr. Jean Wong.

  • Trump’s Immigration Ban Fuels Fear For Young Doctors Whose Jobs May Be In Limbo

    February 03, 2017 | By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, Kaiser Health News

    President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, which sparked protests abroad and in the U.S., is also raising fears about the impact on international medical students vying for training programs at U.S. hospitals, as well as young doctors in training from affected countries who are already working here.

  • Hartford HealthCare Neuroscience Institute Receives Transformational Gifts

    January 31, 2017

    Hartford HealthCare has announced two transformational philanthropic investments to support the Hartford HealthCare Neuroscience Institute, advancing Hartford HealthCare’s place as a leader in the neurosciences.

  • 16 From '16: Innovations That Helped Define The Year At Hartford HealthCare

    January 30, 2017

    Let’s remember 2016 as the year Hartford HealthCare established the Neuroscience Institute, Heart & Vascular Institute and the Bone & Joint Institute, opened the Headache Center and was recognized by Connecticut Magazine as a great place to work, but also for the way we distinguished ourselves and served our patients through innovation.

  • Rushford teams up with Meriden police, and a life is saved

    January 25, 2017

    Barely a month after receiving training from Rushford on how to properly administer Naloxone, or Narcan, the medication which can help reverse the symptoms of an overdose, Meriden police officers were successfully able to use their training to save the life of a man experiencing an overdose who was found laying unresponsive in the street.

  • Portion of Black & Red Gala to air on NBC 30

    January 25, 2017

    This Saturday at the Bushnell, Hartford Hospital’s signature fundraising gala, the Black & Red, will raise money and awareness for the Hartford HealthCare Neuroscience Institute.

  • IOL leader appointed to prestigious board

    January 13, 2017

    When Annetta Caplinger first came to the Institute of Living as a nurse in 1984, she had already worked at several psychiatric healthcare centers at locations from South Carolina to Hawaii. But as soon as she stepped foot on the IOL’s historic grounds, she knew she had found her professional home.

  • Hartford HealthCare Celebrates Opening of New Bone & Joint Institute

    January 10, 2017

    From unique patient gowns to sophisticated gait analyses, the $200-million Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital showcased the future of orthopedic care when the facility opened its doors to patients on Monday, January 9.

  • Hartford Hospital Named Best of Business Award winner by Hartford Business Journal

    December 28, 2016

    Hartford Hospital has been named a 2016 Best of Business Award winner in the Hospital/Medical category by the Hartford Business Journal (HBJ).

  • Hartford HealthCare at Home opens new location in Watertown

    December 21, 2016

    To better provide home care services to the public in the Waterbury area, Hartford HealthCare at Home opened a new location in Watertown on Dec. 14, 2017.

  • Hartford HealthCare facilities achieve U.S. News & World Report national rating for Best Nursing Homes

    December 21, 2016

    Three skilled nursing facilities that are Hartford HealthCare Senior Services partners are among the best in the country, according to a U.S. News & World Report article published on Nov. 16.

  • Becker's Hospital Review Recognizes Elliot Joseph

    December 14, 2016

    Elliot Joseph, CEO of Hartford HealthCare, has been named one of the “130 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know” in 2016 by Becker’s Hospital Review. The list features presidents and CEOs across the country working in healthcare’s not-for-profit sector.

  • Sandy Hook Anti-Gun Violence Video Goes Viral; Dr. Schwartz To Appear On ‘CBS Evening News’

    December 07, 2016

    A powerful new public service announcement by Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit formed by families of victims of the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, hopes to demonstrate that mass shootings are preventable if only people can recognize subtle warning signs.

  • How Mental Health Reform Fits Into The Mammoth Health Bill Awaiting Senate Approval

    December 05, 2016

    The hulking 21st Century Cures Act, which promises the biggest healthcare overhaul since Obamacare, includes provisions that would empower mental-health patients as perhaps never before.

  • Hartford HealthCare Family Center Opens In Bloomfield

    December 02, 2016

    Healthcare served family style, and close to home, represents an ongoing shift in the way people now expect health services and specialties.

  • Hartford HealthCare Senior Services skilled nursing facilities achieve national rating

    December 02, 2016

    Three skilled nursing facilities that are Hartford HealthCare Senior Services partners are among the best in the country, according to a U.S. News & World Report article published on Nov. 16.

  • The World AIDS Day Pledge By United Nations: End Scourge By 2030

    December 01, 2016

    People with Human Immunodeficiency Virus now live longer and more healthful lives that at any time since the outset of the AIDs epidemic in 1981.

  • Rushford distributes Narcan supplies to Meriden police

    November 30, 2016

    It looked like a scene from a TV crime drama, but the topic could not have been more real.

  • Rushford answers the call in Avon

    November 22, 2016

    As part of its ongoing effort to tackle the epidemic in heroin and opioid abuse across Connecticut, Rushford officially announced the opening of its new outpatient adult treatment center in Avon on Monday, telling members of the media that no community is immune to the crisis.

  • New Orthopedic Practice Performs First Cases at Windham Hospital

    November 22, 2016

    Windham Hospital’s plans for increasing orthopedic surgery options for patients took a big step forward on Nov. 8 as surgeon Kevin Reagan, MD, from the Center for Bone and Joint Care Orthopedic Associates of Windham County performed his first procedures at the hospital.

  • Institute of Living Introduces Forensics

    November 18, 2016

    It’s not “CSI” yet, but it’s a start. Identifying a growing need in medical, legal and academic circles, the Institute of Living is launching a forensic psychiatry program that will offer psychiatric expertise in a variety of civil, criminal, and legislative areas.

  • Hartford HealthCare unveils the future of orthopedic care

    November 15, 2016

    Hartford HealthCare unveiled its all-new $150-million Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital, culminating years of planning and construction.

  • Where’s The Nasal-Spray Flu Vaccine This Year?

    November 14, 2016

    Something’s missing this flu season for the first time in 13 years. Sorry, kids, the nasal flu vaccine spray, like “Bella and the Bulldogs” on Nickelodeon, won’t be back this year.

  • Daylight Savings: Changing Your (Body) Clock

    November 04, 2016

    Every six months, Americans (except those residing in Arizona and Hawaii) fumble through the ritual of adjusting their timepieces to mark either the start or the finish of Daylight Savings Time (DST).

  • Hartford HealthCare's Bone & Joint Institute Pioneers Robotic Assisted Technology for Total Knee Replacement

    November 03, 2016

    Hartford HealthCare’s Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital has pioneered a new and advanced technology to improve outcomes for total knee replacement.

  • Report: Infants Should Share Room With Parents For Up To A Year

    November 01, 2016

    The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that parents spend even more quality time with their infants, specifically in the same room during the overnight hours to reduce the risk of sleep-related deaths.

  • Dr. Kristen Zarfos receives grant for research on breast cancer rates

    October 27, 2016

    Kristen Zarfos, MD, medical director of the Comprehensive Breast Health Center at The Hospital of Central Connecticut and a leading breast health expert in Connecticut, was among four researchers to receive Community Education and Clinical Research grant funding from the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative (CBHI) at its annual awards ceremony Oct. 6 at Shuttle Meadow Country Club in Kensington. The event celebrated the announcement and presentation of research and education awards and the recognition of sponsors and volunteers of distinction.

  • How to Watch What You Eat at Holiday Party

    October 26, 2016

    No one likes to miss a good party. But during the holidays, it’s hard to stay true to your exercise routine and eating habits.

  • Two New Breast Cancer Research Studies Available To Patients At Cancer Institute

    October 24, 2016

    The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, through its charter membership in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Alliance, now offers clinical trials to cancer patients who might benefit from new treatments still under study before their widespread use.

  • Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging at Windham Hospital celebrates grand opening

    October 24, 2016

    The Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging at Windham Hospital hosted more than 100 staff and community members on Oct. 20 for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the official opening of new services at Windham.

  • How To Survive A Stressed-Out Presidential Election

    October 19, 2016

    A request, dear candidates to-be-named for the 2020 presidential election: Don’t freak us out again! Please.

  • HHC Cancer Institute Names Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinator

    October 17, 2016

    Silvia Willumsen, RN, BSN, is the new Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinator for the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, assuming oversight of the institute’s evolving bone marrow transplant program as part of its membership in the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance.

  • Hartford Hospital surgery team honored for quality

    October 17, 2016

    The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized Hartford Hospital for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care. Hartford Hospital is among the only 61 out of 615 hospitals considered to receive this distinction nationwide.

  • Hartford Hospital’s Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation Named to Top 50 Innovations list

    October 11, 2016

    The Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation at Hartford Hospital (CESI) has been named to the list of 50 Hospitals with Innovation Programs by Becker’s Hospital Review.

  • Hartford HealthCare Headache Center Awarded Inaugural IMPACT Grant from Migraine Research Foundation

    October 10, 2016

    Dr. Brian Grosberg, medical director of the Hartford HealthCare Headache Program, was awarded the first-ever Migraine Research Foundation “Impact” Award, a $250,000 grant designed to fund leading-edge research on status migrainosus, a severe form of migraine that lasts longer than three days. 

  • Jeff Hatch, A Former NFL Player, Finds A Personal Victory In Sobriety

    October 04, 2016

    Addiction, in all its apparent randomness, is ruthlessly nondiscriminatory. As if Jeff Hatch didn’t know.

  • Prostate Cancer: The Numbers

    October 03, 2016

    The American Cancer Society’s 2016 estimates for prostate cancer in the United States

  • It's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October 01, 2016

    We’re Connecting you to Healthier with lots of activities throughout October!

  • Rushford opens new center for addiction services in Avon

    September 29, 2016

    Responding to the ongoing epidemic in heroin and opioid addiction across Connecticut, Rushford, a comprehensive center for the treatment of addiction and mental health issues in Connecticut, has announced the opening of a new facility for the treatment of adults with addiction issues in Avon.

  • HHC Expert Weighs in on QU's Snapchat Incident

    September 26, 2016

    The Snapchat photo gone bad at Quinnipiac University in Hamden shows the power, and risks, of social media, says Institute of Living child psychologist Laura Saunders.

  • ‘Moonshot’ Brings Cancer Institute’s Dr. Peter Yu Together With Vice President Biden

    September 26, 2016

    Peter Yu, MD, physician-in-chief at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, shakes hands with Vice President Joseph Biden at the Annual Meeting for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago.

  • New Natchaug Commercial: When are kids just being kids, and when do they need help?

    September 22, 2016

    Learn about the signs of mental illness in children in Natchaug Hospital's new commercial.

  • Cancer survivors celebrate with laughter, gratitude and friendship

    September 13, 2016

    Hundreds of former and current cancer patients gathered in Hartford and Meriden over the weekend to celebrate their journeys to recovery, and share their experiences with others who have walked the same path.

  • Sepsis As The ‘Silent Killer’: Know The Symptoms

    September 13, 2016

    Sepsis can kill anyone. Boxer Muhammed Ali, Pope John Paul II and Muppets creator Jim Henson died from complications related to sepsis, the body’s extreme reaction to infection that causes tissue damage, organ failure and, in these severe cases, death.

  • Dr. Mark J. Alberts appointed as physician-in-chief of Hartford HealthCare Neuroscience Institute

    September 12, 2016 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Hartford HealthCare has appointed Dr. Mark J. Alberts as physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Neuroscience Institute. He will begin his new role in early 2017. In addition to his Institute role, Dr. Alberts will also provide leadership as Chief of Neurology at Hartford Hospital.

  • Three Steps To Avoid The Flu: Start With A Vaccine

    September 08, 2016

    “Take 3 Actions” offers three simple steps to stopping the spread of the flu.

  • Honoring World Suicide Prevention Day

    September 08, 2016

    Each year, over 42,000 people commit suicide in the United States, making suicide the tenth leading cause of death in the nation. On September 9 at 10:30 AM, a flag lowering ceremony at Hartford Hospital raises awareness of the issue.

  • When Kids Say No To School: What Parents Can Do

    August 30, 2016

    As summer draws to a close, the new school year can stir mixed emotions for parents and children alike. But for some, the transition can be especially difficult.

  • How The Opioid Epidemic Has Changed Care For Newborns With Withdrawal Symptoms

    August 29, 2016

    The national opioid epidemic’s effects are most often measured in number of deaths.

  • Hartford HealthCare announces new executive leadership structure

    August 29, 2016 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Hartford HealthCare has announced a change to its organizational structure, separating the roles of president and chief executive officer, and expanding the responsibilities of some senior leaders. Elliot Joseph, who has served as president and chief executive officer of Hartford HealthCare since 2008, will remain as CEO of the integrated healthcare system. Jeffrey Flaks will be named president and chief operating officer; he had previously served as executive vice president and COO.

  • In The Poverty Of Peru, A Hartford Medical Mission Finds A Home

    August 25, 2016

    In April, Drs. Subramani Seetharama (shown at right) and Andrew Wakefield were among a group of close to two dozen people – including four prosthetists, rehabilitation specialists and four students from the University of Hartford master’s program in prosthetics and orthotics -- who traveled to Callao, Peru, as part of a Hartford HealthCare's Center for Global Health initiative for a week to volunteer at the Nacional Daniel Alcides Carrion Hospital. Seetharama helped fit and create prosthetics in one week -- many patients were injured in landmine incidents -- a dizzying pace by conventional United States standards.

  • Sen. Murphy Visits East Region in Support of Mental Health Reform

    August 24, 2016

    One of Connecticut’s most staunch supporters of mental health reform stopped in Willimantic recently to call for more money and more equity for the treatment and support of patients and behavioral health providers.

  • Hartford Hospital Recognized for Increasing Organ Donors

    August 23, 2016

    Hartford Hospital is among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries in a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

  • Hartford Hospital Recognized as Top Hospital for Cancer Care

    August 23, 2016

    Hartford Hospital has been named to the list of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Program by Becker’s Hospital Review.

  • As Connecticut Population Ages, Alzheimer’s Cases Spike

    August 19, 2016

    By 2025, at least one in five Connecticut residents will be older than 65, according to Connecticut’s Legislative Commission and the CT Data Collaborative. With a spike in the over-65 demographic, cases of Alzheimer’s disease are also expected to rise from the current 74,000 with dementia-related illness to 91,000 by 2025, according to the Connecticut chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

  • Advanced Parkinson’s Patients Show Improvement With Two New Treatments

    August 18, 2016

    People with advanced Parkinson’s disease have two new options to control their symptoms: Duopa, a carbidopa-levodopa gel infusion, and deep-brain stimulation.

  • Q&A: New Treatments for Glaucoma

    August 12, 2016

    Your sight is precious, but there is an eye disease that can sneak up on you and steal your sight, particularly as you age. It’s called glaucoma.

  • Even Olympic Athletes Struggle with Depression

    August 11, 2016

    It was January of 2015 when Allison Schmitt hit rock bottom – not that you could guess by looking at her.

  • Charlotte Hungerford and Hartford HealthCare boards agree to affiliation

    August 05, 2016

    The boards of The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) and Hartford HealthCare (HHC) have approved a formal affiliation of their two organizations.

  • Jason Day And Vertigo: The Various Shades Of Dizziness

    August 05, 2016

    Jason Day’s collapse during the the second round of the 2015 U.S. Open is probably the most public display of vertigo since filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological thriller by the same name in 1958. Not all episodes of dizziness are vertigo. But dizziness is a common symptom that can include lightheadedness and unsteadiness — The Hartford HealthCare Dizzy Clinic sees more than 900 patients a year, diagnosing and treating numerous causes of dizziness.

  • Study: Obesity, Alcohol Heighten Risk Of Esophageal Cancer

    August 02, 2016

    As a New Zealand preventive and social medicine expert’s perspective piece in the journal Addiction on the demonstrated link between alcohol and cancer last week was somehow interpreted as a newsworthy new study, an actual study found new concerns about alcohol, obesity and cancer

  • Zika: CDC's Unprecedented Travel Warning After Miami Outbreak

    July 29, 2016

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Monday warned travelers to avoid a small area north of downtown Miami where active Zika virus cases have been reported, the first time the CDC has advised people not to travel somewhere in the continental United States. Four new cases of the Zika virus in Florida could be the first contracted within the United States, according to a published report July 29.

  • Study: Concussions Spike 500 Percent Among Young People

    July 26, 2016

    A new study published by Fair Health, a not-for-profit that compiles an independent database of healthcare costs, found that more concussions occur between September and October each year. (Those months coincide with youth football seasons throughout the United States.) According to the study, which used insurance claims from 2007-15 for ages 22 and under, 46 percent of diagnosed concussions involve some age 15 to 18. Also, concussion diagnoses for people under age 22 increased 500 percent between 2010 and 2014.

  • A Q&A With Dr. Ed Sauter

    July 25, 2016

    Ed Sauter, MD, PhD, the director of the breast surgery program for the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, met with a group of current and former patients and other members of the public on Thursday to answer their questions about breast cancer.

  • A Smart Way To Handle Smart Media Overindulgence On Family Vacations

    July 22, 2016

    So, kids, how did you spend your summer vacation? Did you take a few keepsake pictures with your smartphone while you were away with your parents, or did you go away determined to pump photos all day onto Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter? The problem with consuming too much media.

  • Yoga As A Key To Sobriety? It's More Than A Stretch At Behavioral Health Network

    July 21, 2016

    After decades of struggling with addiction, Tom Miles thought he would never be able to recover. But in April, after members of his family intervened and arranged for him to seek help at Rushford, the burly, sometimes gruff 60-year-old found himself in a setting he would never have thought possible.

  • Five Things To Know About Recently Passed Federal Opioid Legislation

    July 20, 2016

    The U.S. Congress last week passed a sweeping piece of a federal legislation aimed at addressing the opioid crisis gripping states across America, including Connecticut. The bill is now headed to the President's desk for approval before becoming law.

  • Heatstroke Deaths: The Dangers Of Leaving Kids In The Car

    July 15, 2016

    A child left unattended in a car on a hot day, even momentarily, becomes vulnerable to heatstroke and possible death. Since 1998, an average of 37 children have died each year in the United States from the condition also known as hyperthermia.

  • Pokemon Go: When Does A Child’s Video Game Fascination Become An Addiction?

    July 14, 2016

    Pokémon Go, the breakout smartphone game downloaded more than 15 million times in less than a week, has been praised as a charming health fad with its catch-me-if-you-can format. But an expert on video-game addiction cautions parents that too much Pokémon Go is potentially harmful to their children.

  • IOL Hoarding Study Examines the Brain Function of People Who Just Can’t Get Enough— Stuff

    July 11, 2016

    We’ve seen the images in newspapers and on TV: garages stuffed to the rafters, homes so cluttered that it’s impossible to walk from room to room.

  • Food and Firework Safety for the Fourth of July

    June 30, 2016

    Don’t spend the Fourth of July in the Emergency Department. Brush up on food, grilling and firework safety tips before the biggest holiday of the summer arrives.

  • HHC VP Assumes Top Role at Connecticut Hospital Association

    June 30, 2016

    David A. Whitehead, senior vice president and chief strategy and transformation officer for Hartford HealthCare, has been named chairman of the Connecticut Hospital (CHA) Association Board of Trustees. Whitehead began his two-year term at the Annual Meeting on June 28.

  • New Law Restricts Opioid Prescriptions

    June 30, 2016

    A new state law now limits initial opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply and tightens the way pharmacies report controlled-substance prescriptions.

  • Pat Summitt's Death Shines Spotlight On Alzheimer's Disease

    June 28, 2016

    Pat Summitt, the former Tennessee women's basketball coach who won more games than any other coach (male or female) in college basketball history, died this morning after a five-year fight with Alzheimer's disease.

  • Summer Solstice: Things You Need to Know on the First Official Day of Summer

    June 20, 2016

    Summer has arrived. Here are few things you should know before heading out the door this summer:

  • Dr. Peter Yu Completes Term As Clinical Oncology Group President

    June 13, 2016

    Dr. Peter Paul Yu, who becomes the first physician-in-chief for the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute later this month, completes his yearlong presidency of the prestigious American Society of Clinical Oncology.

  • Tragedy in Orlando: Explaining the Unexplainable to Your Children

    June 13, 2016

    How to speak to your children about the Orlando mass shooting.

  • Celebrating National Hospital Week

    May 09, 2016

    National Hospital Week, which runs through Saturday, recognizes everyone who supports the health and wellness of our communities through professional expertise and personal attention to each patient’s care.

  • Nurses Week 2016: In Recognition of Loyalty, Devotion To Care

    May 06, 2016

    Nurses Week begins May 6 each year, timed to end on Florence Nightingale’s birthday (May 12). This is especially true meaningful for the 3,388 nurses at Hartford HealthCare, who share the requisite dedication, skill and compassion in providing our patients with the best possible care.

  • HHC At Home Opens In Bloomfield

    May 03, 2016

    Hartford HealthCare at Home and the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce celebrated the new office opening of Hartford HealthCare at Home at 1 Northwestern Drive on April 21. Professionals from both entities attended the event.

  • Pregnant Connecticut Woman Tests Positive for Zika Virus

    May 03, 2016 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Hartford HealthCare doctors are advising pregnant women who have traveled to Central America and South America and have at least two symptoms consistent with the Zika virus to receive testing after the state Department of Public Health Tuesday announced that a Connecticut woman has tested positive for the mosquito-borne illness.

  • Cancer Institute selects two students for prestigious fellowship.

    April 20, 2016

    Two Connecticut nursing students have been selected to take part in the Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. Maura Kenny, a third-year student at the University of Connecticut, and Lindsey Hermann, a third-year student at the University of Saint Joseph, will further their education over the course of an eight-week internship this summer at HHCCI locations. This prestigious nurse fellowship program was established by a Connecticut business executive after the death of his wife from ovarian cancer.

  • Celebrating the East Region’s Top Nurses

    April 18, 2016 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Fourteen nurses from Hartford HealthCare’s East Region have been named Nightingale Nurse Award winners for 2016.

  • Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute welcomes Ed Sauter, M.D., as Director of the Breast Surgery Program

    April 05, 2016 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute welcomes the appointment of Ed Sauter, M.D., Ph.D., a highly accomplished breast surgeon with extensive experience in surgical leadership and training as Director of the Breast Surgery Program at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute (HHCCI). He will lead the breast surgery programs at each of the Institute's five cancer centers.

  • Hartford HealthCare Announces Heart and Vascular Institute Appointments

    March 24, 2016 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Hartford HealthCare has appointed Dr. Sabet W. Hashim as chairman of cardiac surgery and co-physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Heart and Vascular Institute. Dr. Hashim, an international leader in cardiac surgery, will work collaboratively with internationally recognized Hartford Hospital cardiologist Dr. Paul Thompson, who also has been named the Institute’s Co-Physician-in-Chief. Dr. Thomas Divinagracia, director of endovascular services at Hartford Hospital, will lead system-wide vascular surgery strategy.

  • Hartford HealthCare names Peter Paul Yu, M.D., Physician-in-Chief of Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute

    March 21, 2016 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Hartford HealthCare has appointed Peter Paul Yu, M.D., as the first physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. He is a highly accomplished, internationally respected cancer expert with more than 30 years of experience and leadership. His appointment is the result of an extensive national search.

  • CHH & Hartford HealthCare Explore Affiliation

    February 25, 2016

    Community hospital plans to join comprehensive healthcare network

  • Longtime New London-Area Cardiologist Mark Fiengo, DO, Joins Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Cardiology in Norwich and Willimantic

    January 21, 2016

    Cardiologist Mark Fiengo, DO, has joined Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Cardiology in Norwich and Willimantic and is currently accepting new patients.

  • Innovation Ecosystems Require Collaboration

    January 17, 2016 | By Elliot Joseph

    General Electric's departure from Connecticut has set off a general alarm about Connecticut's business tax environment. That's a good thing, because our state's tax-and-regulatory environment stifles job growth and economic activity. But focusing only on taxes misses the point. GE isn't running away from its problems. It's moving toward its future.

  • Hartford HealthCare announces two leadership changes

    December 17, 2015 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Hartford HealthCare (HHC) Thursday announced two leadership changes: • David Whitehead, president of the HHC East Region, which includes Backus Hospital and Windham Hospital, will become Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer for Hartford HealthCare. • Bimal Patel, HHC’s vice president for operational integration, will become president of the East Region. Both retain their roles as senior vice presidents of the system.

  • Hartford HealthCare’s Elliot Joseph Named in Becker's Hospital Review of “Health System CEOs to Know”

    November 16, 2015 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Elliot Joseph, president and CEO of Hartford HealthCare, has been named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of its "130 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know," featuring some of the most impressive presidents and CEOs in healthcare's nonprofit sector.

  • Quest Diagnostics to Acquire Clinical Laboratory Partners’ Outreach Laboratory Service Business in Connecticut

    November 10, 2015

    Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the outreach laboratory service business of Clinical Laboratory Partners (CLP), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hartford HealthCare (HHC). HHC is an integrated health care system with five hospitals in Connecticut. The transaction, once completed, is expected to enhance access to quality, affordable and convenient laboratory services for people in Connecticut.

  • Day Kimball Healthcare and Hartford HealthCare Suspend Affiliation Talks Due to State Budget Cuts

    October 05, 2015

    Severe and unexpected cuts by the state of Connecticut to Medicaid payments have affected progress Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) and Hartford HealthCare (HHC) were making toward a strategic partnership.

  • Hurricane help from Hartford HealthCare

    September 30, 2015 | By Hartford HealthCare

    "Be Prepared" is a great motto for the Boy Scouts, but it’s important for everyone in a natural disaster — such as a hurricane. Hartford HealthCare has compiled these tips from many respected official sources.

  • Hartford HealthCare to lose $41 million due to governor's budget cut

    September 22, 2015 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s decision to slash Medicaid payments once again will hurt patients and the state’s economy. In all, Hartford HealthCare stands to lose an additional $41 million — all through the stroke of the governor’s pen on a Friday afternoon, without any consultation, discussion or vote.

  • Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute sponsoring bone marrow registry drive Sept. 16, 17, 2015

    September 09, 2015 | By Hartford HealthCare

    The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute (HHCCI) is sponsoring a Sept. 16 and 17 bone marrow registry drive in New Britain and Meriden with Be The Match Registry and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Connecticut Chapter.

  • Dr. Salner Receives Global Lung Cancer Coalition Journalism Award

    September 01, 2015 | By Tina Varona

    Andrew Salner, M.D., medical director of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital, received the "2014 Special Recognition Award/Global Lung Cancer Coalition Journalism Award." Dr. Salner was recognized along with Andrea McKee, M.D. chair of Radiation Oncology at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, for their work in bringing awareness to lung cancer screening in the U.S.

  • Stephen W. Larcen, PhD is the recipient of the 2015 Grassroots Champion Award from the AHA and CT Hospital Association

    July 07, 2015 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Stephen W. Larcen, Ph.D., president of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network, received the 2015 Grassroots Champion Award from the American Hospital Association and Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) at a June 30 ceremony recognizing those who have made significant contributions to supporting the mission of hospitals.

  • Charles L. Johnson III to join Hartford HealthCare (HHC) as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO)

    June 29, 2015 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Charles L. Johnson III will join Hartford HealthCare (HHC) next month as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO). His leadership and operational expertise will be critical as we continue to grow, innovate and become more efficient.

  • Hartford HealthCare and UnitedHealthcare Establish New Network Relationship

    April 14, 2015 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Hartford HealthCare and UnitedHealthcare have established a new multi-year network relationship, giving people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare individual, Medicare, and employer-sponsored plans, including Oxford-branded plans, in-network access to all Hartford HealthCare facilities and providers participating through Integrated Care Partners. The agreement means there is no interruption in coverage for patients with UnitedHealthcare plans, including Oxford-branded plans.

  • Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute programs receive prestigious Outstanding Achievement awards

    March 27, 2015 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Two cancer programs within the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute (HHCCI) – the region’s largest and most comprehensive cancer health system – have been recognized with 2014 Outstanding Achievement Awards from the Commission on Cancer, an accrediting arm of the American College of Surgeons. The cancer programs at Hartford Hospital and The Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain were among 75 programs nationwide to receive the annual award for demonstrated excellence across a wide range of standards.

  • Hartford HealthCare and Iora Health Partner in Primary Care

    March 03, 2015 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Hartford HealthCare and Iora Health today announced a partnership to bring Iora Health’s innovative primary care delivery system to Hartford HealthCare employees and their families.

  • Hartford HealthCare Names Patricia Rehmer to Behavioral Health Network

    February 20, 2015 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Patricia A. Rehmer, MSN, ACHE, a nationally recognized leader in mental health and substance abuse, will join Hartford HealthCare (HHC) as a senior vice president. She will assume the role of president of the HHC Behavioral Health Network (BHN) later this year.

  • Hartford HealthCare Winter Safety Tips

    February 02, 2015

    Winter Safety Tips from Hartford HealthCare

  • Weather Alert: Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network announces delayed openings to 10am for Feb. 2

    February 01, 2015

    The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm warning for our region, an average of 6 or more inches of snow is expected in a 12 hour period. HHCRN is implementing a delayed 10am opening for our outpatient offices at Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network, The Hospital of Central Connecticut Rehabilitation Network, Backus Hospital Rehabilitation Network and Windham Hospital Rehabilitation Network.

  • WEATHER ALERT: Hartford HealthCare at Home still seeing patients throughout blizzard

    January 26, 2015

    We are making every effort to see patients in need.

  • Bimal Patel Named SVP, Operational Integration

    November 14, 2014 | By Hartford HealthCare

    In this new role, Bimal will work to optimize a range of services across our system, including: Pharmacy; Lab; Radiology; Real Estate, Facilities and Construction; Engineering; Environmental Services; Transport; Public Safety; Food Services; Linen Services; and Emergency and Disaster Management. To do this, he will collaborate with regional presidents, the HHC Executive Leadership Team and functional vice presidents as well as regional leaders.

  • Southington Surgery Center Exceeds Expectations

    October 29, 2014 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Hartford HealthCare’s Southington Surgery Center has exceeded its expected number of surgeries since its Sept. 29 opening, having seen more than 130 patients from over 25 towns across the state.

  • Ebola Response Plan

    October 21, 2014 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Hartford HealthCare has developed and is testing a coordinated response plan to safely care for potential Ebola patients.

  • Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute officially certified as the first member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance

    October 21, 2014 | By Hartford HealthCare

    The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute (HHCCI) has been formally certified as the charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, a transformative initiative to improve quality of care and outcomes for cancer patients in community healthcare settings. The Cancer Institute is comprised of five cancer centers - one at each of Hartford HealthCare’s acute care hospitals across Connecticut.

  • Hartford Hospital to Create Transformative Bone & Joint Institute

    October 21, 2014 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Hartford Hospital will begin construction of its $150-million Bone and Joint Institute and ambulatory surgical center to create a world-class orthopedic center. The Institute will integrate all elements of orthopedics and musculoskeletal treatment, including specialty care, diagnostics, rehabilitation, rheumatology, neurology, neurosurgery and pain management.

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Hartford HealthCare Reach Agreement

    October 02, 2014 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Hartford HealthCare (HHC) announced today that they have reached a multi-year agreement on the renewal of their contract. As a result, HHC’s acute care hospitals will rejoin Anthem’s networks as a participating provider effective October 1, the day the contracts were set to expire. Covered services provided by HHC to Anthem members will remain in-network without interruption.

  • Hartford HealthCare details plan for a 'New Bradley'

    August 12, 2014 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Hartford HealthCare plans to expand its long-term commitment to the Town of Southington with a proposal to transform The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Bradley Memorial campus. The vision for the “new Bradley” is to make major investments to meet the comprehensive health care needs of the Southington community, especially the growing demand for services that benefit older adults. The plan is subject to state approval.

  • HHC Behavioral Health Network Chosen as Access-MH CT Hub for Child & Adolescent Support Services

    July 14, 2014 | By Hartford HealthCare

    The Hartford HealthCare (HHC) Behavioral Health Network (BHN) has been chosen by ValueOptions and the Connecticut Department of Children and Families as one of three centralized hubs for the ACCESS-MH CT program, providing consultative psychiatry services to primary care physicians treating children and adolescents in Connecticut.

  • Ellen W. Blair, APRN, NEA-BC, to receive 2014 Award for Excellence in Practice from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)

    June 26, 2014 | By Hartford HealthCare

    The Institute of Living’s (IOL) Director of Nursing, Ellen W. Blair, APRN, NEA-BC, has been chosen to receive the Excellence in Practice Award from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA). This award recognizes an APRN member of the APNA who has made significant contributions to psychiatric mental health nursing practice though practice and research throughout his or her career.

  • Practice Manager for Adult Primary Care Services Announced

    June 25, 2014 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Hartford HealthCare (HHC) has appointed Dianne Stevens, MBA, as the Director of Practice Management and Program Development for the Duncaster Center for Adult Primary Care. Stevens has been serving as the interim practice manager for six months.

  • Linda S. Durst, MD, Appointed Medical Director at the Institute of Living

    June 05, 2014 | By Hartford HealthCare

    “Dr. Durst is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with extensive clinical, teaching and administrative experience, a mix of skills that make her the right person to take on the responsibilities as IOL Medical Director,” said Dr. Harold I. Schwartz, IOL Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Vice President of the HHC BHN.

  • Clinical Collaboration Between Hartford HealthCare and CVS Announced

    May 15, 2014

    Hartford HealthCare (HHC) and CVS have announced a clinical collaboration that will improve care management for our patients. HHC is pleased to be the first health system in Connecticut to enter this affiliation with CVS, the nation’s largest integrated pharmacy.

  • Breaking New Ground – The New Cancer Center at The Hospital of Central Connecticut

    May 13, 2014 | By Hartford HealthCare

    For the past several months, construction crews have been busily clearing and excavating a spacious parcel of land right on the town line between New Britain and Plainville. The mounds of rubble have given way to an inviting facade of stone and glass that is poised to become the gateway to the most comprehensive and convenient resource for cancer patients in the region: the new Hospital of Central Connecticut Cancer Center.

  • Leaning Towards Excellence: The HHC Cancer Institute embraces the Lean philosophy of eliminating obstacles to patient care

    May 13, 2014 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Mohamed Saleh used to design seats for airplanes. Today, the quality improvement expert is designing a better way to deliver cancer care. There is not as much difference as you might think.

  • Advocating for patients

    April 18, 2014

    Hartford HealthCare social workers receive award for their dedication to patients. Hartford HealthCare social workers Charmain Ali and Hillary Keller, who work on behalf of cancer patients at Hartford Hospital, have been awarded the first-ever Advocacy Award from the Connecticut Sports Foundation.

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

    April 07, 2014 | By ICP

    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.

  • Getting Fit? Hartford HealthCare Has an App for That!

    April 07, 2014 | By Hartford HealthCare

    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.

  • Hartford Hospital First in the Nation to Install Bleeding Control Bags

    March 22, 2014 | By Tina Varona, Media Relations Manager

    Hartford Hospital has installed the nation’s first bleeding control bags in public areas throughout the hospital campus. Much like AEDs (automatic external defibrillators) that are present in public spaces, experts believe bleeding control bags could save lives.

  • Behavioral Health Network to Host Next Connecticut Forum at the Bushnell

    March 21, 2014 | By Hartford HealthCare

    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”

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

    March 21, 2014 | By Hartford HealthCare

    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.

  • Genetics Research Center and the Institute of Living Receive $1.25 Million Grant to Study Treatment of Depression

    December 12, 2013 | By Tina Varona

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has just awarded the Center and the Institute a $1.25 million grant to examine the impact of using genetic testing for the selection of medication for psychiatric inpatients on their length of stay in the hospital and their rates of readmission.

  • Hartford HealthCare Selected to Be First MSK Cancer Alliance Member

    December 12, 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.

  • HoCC presents good news at annual meeting

    December 09, 2013

    The Hospital of Central Connecticut made about $7 million this year but has “put much of that back into our people, equipment and facilities,” hospital President Lucille Janatka said its annual meeting Wednesday night.

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