Healthy Living: Always Innovating


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Griffin Hospital
130 Division St., Derby
(800) 354-3094,
The new Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital has just opened. The center, located across the street from the hospital, combines advanced technology, an expert clinical staff and evidence-based, patient-centered treatments and services—all with a singular focus on reducing patient anxiety and waiting time. “We will be offering a true continuum of care for patients that can be compressed into the same day when circumstances like a suspicious finding on a screening mammogram is detected,” says Dr. Zandra Cheng, a fellowship-trained breast surgeon and the center’s medical director.

Hartford Hospital
80 Seymour St., Hartford
(860) 545-1888,
At Hartford Hospital, physicians-in-training are now able to hone their emergency- medicine skills inside a simulated emergency room, working on Sim-Man, a robot for medical training. It’s part of Hartford Hospital’s new 20,000-square-foot Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation. The simulation center will help personnel refine their skills using hands-on simulation equipment. In addition, the O-arm® Surgical Imaging System has arrived at the hospital. It provides spinal surgeons with GPS precision during procedures, which translates into less invasive procedures, shorter recuperation time for patients and increased confidence in their physicians. With the O-arm and its up-to-the-minute images, surgeons can attain more precision than ever.

Hospital of Central Connecticut
(includes New Britain General and Bradley Memorial Hospital)
100 Grand St., New Britain, and 81 Meriden Ave., Southington
(860) 225-6244 (New Britain) and (860) 276-5000 (Southington), 
HCC surgeons are now using the da Vinci® robotic system for minimally invasive surgeries for prostate and gynecological cancers and other conditions. Robotic surgery means quicker recovery with fewer side effects because incisions are tiny, and the surgeon-controlled robotic arms can work in much smaller spaces. Also new are HCC’s offices at 11 South Rd., Farmington, which house the Center for Bariatric Surgery and Weigh Your Options nonsurgical weight-loss program. Also located there is the hospital’s Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate; Joslin has two additional offices, at HCC’s New Britain General campus and Bradley Memorial campus in Southington.

Hospital of Saint Raphael
1450 Chapel St., New Haven
(203) 789-3000, 
The Hospital of Saint Raphael recently unveiled new facilities, including the Cronin Short-term Surgery Center, a state-of-the-art endovascular operating room and the Vidone Birth Center, which was built to a family-friendly design. New procedures offered by the hospital include the radial-artery approach to cardiac catheterization, lateral interbody-fusion spine surgery, the latest in weight-loss surgeries and liver-directed cancer therapy using drug-eluting beads. The hospital’s Father Michael J. McGivney Cancer Center–Hamden Campus opened in 2009, establishing itself as a center for cancer treatment in central New Haven County.

Johnson Memorial Hospital
201 Chestnut Hill Rd., Stafford Springs
(860) 684-4251, 
Johnson Memorial Medical Center, the parent company of Johnson Memorial Hospital, emerged from Chapter 11 as a standalone organization in October 2010. JMMC made important investments in JMH to enhance patient care and expand services throughout the turnaround process, an extraordinary accomplishment for an organization in financial distress. JMMC invested $9 million in capital improvements while in bankruptcy, including purchases of clinical equipment, facility repairs, expansion and infrastructure development. In addition, JMMC welcomed 75 new members to its medical staff in recent months. The approval of a total restructuring of the governance and organizational structures at JMMC is expected soon.

Lawrence & Memorial Hospital
365 Montauk Ave., New London
(860) 442-0711,
This year, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital opened a new medical center, Lawrence & Memorial at Stonington, to provide physicians’ services, lab services, walk-in care and diagnostic imaging—all at one location. At the main hospital, Dr. Garth Ballantyne was named chief of surgery, and with his appointment came the first laparascopic bariatic surgery performed in eastern Connecticut. The pharmacy continues to move toward a patient-centric model of care, installing more accurate and efficient systems to improve patient care and safety—another step toward  an electronic medical-records system.

Middlesex Hospital
28 Crescent St., Middletown
The Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center is now using new technology to deliver radiation therapy with pinpoint accuracy to a variety of tumors, sparing healthy tissue. The Novalis Tx allows radiation oncologists to surround and target radiation from every angle. It also provides the ability to perform stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), which allows for noninvasive surgery, often on very small or delicate targets such as in the brain or lungs, with extremely precise doses of radiation. Middlesex is one of only a limited number of state hospitals to offer Novalis Tx.

MidState Medical Center
435 Lewis Ave., Meriden
(203) 694-8200, 
The year 2010 was one of growth and success for MidState. Completing its 100,000-square-foot emergency department and building-expansion project—its largest expansion to date—it doubled the size of the emergency area from 28 to 53 private rooms and added a new patient unit as well as a dedicated main entrance and lobby. MidState also made available new technologies, including the da Vinci® Surgical System for robotic surgery and the Elekta Infinity™ Radiation Therapy System for oncology patients.

Healthy Living: Always Innovating

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