Healthy Living: Always Innovating
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When it comes time to choose a general hospital, we in Connecticut are in an enviable position. Because of the small size of the state, most of us live within easy driving distance of multiple facilities. As a result, we can choose hospitals based not on necessity, but on their features, specialties and reputation. Hospitals, like any other service providers, must remain current with technologies and programs to meet the public’s changing needs. To provide a snapshot of the changes and updates Connecticut general hospitals have undergone in the past year, we’ve compiled a summary of some of the new offerings out there.
267 Grant St., Bridgeport
(203) 384-3000, bridgeporthospital.org
Last year was a milestone year for Bridgeport Hospital: The facility welcomed a new president and CEO, William M. Jennings; the Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute made significant facility enhancements, including the opening of a new outpatient chemotherapy suite and digital mammography suite; ground was broken for a new radiation therapy facility in Trumbull that will become part of an outpatient satellite cancer center upon its completion in late 2011; and the hospital’s excellence in cardiac care was affirmed by its best-in-Fairfield County ranking for heart failure survival by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Brewster Rd., Bristol
(860) 585-3000, bristolhospital.org
The Bristol Cancer Care Center was granted a three-year approval with commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The hospital was also designated a Primary Stroke Center by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, with accreditation through 2012. The bariatric program, launched in July 2009, performed 40 surgeries in the first year and has gained a reputation for excellence. In March 2010, the hospital opened the Comprehensive Spine and Pain Center to offer a full range of pain-management options. Also new is a healing garden outside the Cancer Care Center, a peaceful setting for patients, visitors and employees.
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
540 Litchfield St., Torrington
(860) 496-6666, charlottesweb.hungerford.org
CHH has implemented new information technology as part of its Patient Care Support Network, a secure computer network that supports “Isabel,” a Web-based clinical decision-support and knowledge-mobilizing system that provides physicians with time-saving resource materials to assist with diagnoses. Isabel enables instant processing of patients’ key symptoms and uses natural language to search and display data. The system brings together in one database online resources and knowledge, including photographic images, symptoms and lists of drug side effects. CHH is also building a 2,200-square-foot addition at the Center for Cancer Care that will accommodate new staff and patient areas, plus a linear accelerator capable of delivering image-guided radiation therapy.
24 Hospital Ave., Danbury
(203) 739-7000, danburyhospital.org
Danbury Hospital is a regional medical center and university teaching hospital offering centers of excellence in cardiovascular services, cancer, weight-loss surgery, orthopedics and digestive disorders. It also has a Level IIIb Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital recently affiliated to offer Connecticut residents improved quality and access to health care. The hospital has been recognized by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Surgical Quality Program, and its Center for Weight Loss Surgery is nationally accredited. The Center for Advanced Orthopedic and Spine Care is a leader in clinical outcomes for joint and spine procedures. The hospital plans to begin construction on a new tower later this year.
Day Kimball Hospital
320 Pomfret St., Putnam
(860) 928-6541, daykimball.org
Last year, Day Kimball hospital added the region’s first Open Bore 1.5-tesla magnetic resonance imaging system (MRI). In addition, the hospital’s c.cam Cardiac Nuclear Medicine Camera System, installed in February 2010, was awarded three-year accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The new system is ideal for the early detection and handling of heart disease. Day Kimball Healthcare also announced that the Windham County Multidisciplinary Team’s (MDT) Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), called “Wendy’s Place,” has received accreditation from the National Children’s Alliance in Washington, D.C. Wendy’s Place is a grant-funded program coordinated through Day Kimball Healthcare to facilitate the investigation of child abuse in Windham County.
Eastern Connecticut Health Network
(Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital)
71 Haynes St., Manchester
(860) 872-0501 (Rockville General); (860) 646-1222 (Manchester Memorial), echn.org
ECHN’s John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center, home to the Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute (ECCI), is located across from Manchester Memorial Hospital at 100 Haynes Street. The center’s continuum of care is driven by new technologies, supportive resources and a team of board-certified oncologists, infusion therapists, pathologists, radiologists and nurses. At ECCI, patients and their families are provided with quality cancer care in a comfortable environment. Integrative-medicine services are provided, as well as support services offered by nurse navigators, medical social workers and a nutritionist. Contact the John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center at (860) 533-2929.
5 Perryridge Rd., Greenwich
(203) 863-3000, greenhosp.org
At Greenwich Hospital, The Institute for Healthy Living was established to coordinate the many educational and personalized health programs offered in both conventional and holistic medical traditions. The Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Healing offers specialized wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy with the largest single-person hyperbaric chambers available. The Bendheim Cancer Center now has the Novalis TX linear accelerator that customizes radiation therapy while sparing healthy tissue. A new on-site diagnostic imaging suite in the emergency department allows patients to stay under the constant care of the department team.