Healthy Living: Always Innovating
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200 Seaside Ave., Milford
(203) 876-4000, milfordhospital.org
The hospital’s Connecticut Joint Center, dedicated to knee, hip and shoulder replacement, is expanding to 12 rooms. The hospital has also enhanced its infant security system. The facility implemented a full-service EMR (electronic medical records) system this year, and added a voice-recognition component so physicians can input patient status updates by speaking them. The hospital now features automatic integration of patient vital signs into the system, which ensures updates are added in near-real time without errors. The hospital is also sponsoring community programs—e.g., one for mothers and their teenage daughters, a second on cancer diagnoses and a third on “Sugar Blues.”
New Milford Hospital
21 Elm St., New Milford
(860) 355-2611, newmilfordhospital.org
NMH finalized its affiliation with Danbury Hospital in October 2010, forming a new regional health system known as Western Connecticut Healthcare. By joining forces, both hospitals can improve quality and access to medical care for area residents. NMH also boosted its imaging capabilities with a 64-slice low-dose CT scanner, a 1.5-Tesla Open Bore MRI and a Trilogy linear accelerator for advanced radiation oncology treatment. NMH maintains specialty centers for cancer, orthopedics, emergency care, one-day surgery, cardiovascular services, sleep disorders, women’s imaging and family birthing. The hospital consistently ranks high in Connecticut and nationally for patient satisfaction.
34 Maple St., Norwalk
(203) 852-2000, norwalkhospital.org
Norwalk Hospital is offering a new incisionless solution for gastric reflux disease (GERD). The procedure, known as Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication, helps reconstruct the antireflux valve to prevent reflux. It involves the insertion of an EsophyX device and an endoscope through the mouth. The device forms tissue folds to reconstruct the antireflux valve where the esophagus and the stomach meet. The procedure benefits patients with moderate to severe GERD, symptoms of which include heartburn, frequent swallowing, regurgitation, hoarseness, persistent cough, bloating and sleep disorders.
Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center
114 Woodland St., Hartford
(860) 714-4000, stfranciscare.org
The new John T. O’Connell tower at Saint Francis is set to begin phased openings next month. The 10-story, 318,000-square-foot tower is approved for an enlarged emergency department with 70 treatment areas, 13 ambulance bays, 19 new main operating rooms, 135 private patient rooms, six dedicated orthopedic operating rooms and a new rooftop helipad. Also, the Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute offers free prostate screening and surgical services to the uninsured and underinsured, with a focus on the high rates of prostate cancer among African-American men. Those diagnosed with the disease may undergo robotic surgery for free.
Saint Mary’s Hospital
56 Franklin St., Waterbury
(203) 709-6000, stmh.org
A leader in minimally invasive surgery, Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury is moving into the next generation of spinal surgery. In collaboration with surgeons who specialize in neurosurgery, orthopedics and spinal conditions, the hospital offers advanced techniques such as the XLIF, which is performed through an incision in the patient’s side. This approach spares the muscles in the back while decompressing nerves in the spine and alleviating pain. Spinal surgery patients may also benefit from the new concierge program, which includes free valet parking and a dedicated concierge to assist with testing, admission and preparations for surgery.
Saint Vincent’s Medical Center
2800 Main St., Bridgeport
The new Elizabeth Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, which opened last February, consolidates cancer prevention, diagnostic, treatment and survivorship services in one location. The 125,000-square-foot building, constructed to green standards at a cost of $50 million, is the most significant expansion in the medical center’s history. Through screening, education and psychosocial support, the cancer center offers a healing environment for patients and their families. Its new technologies include a Novalis™ linear accelerator with Rapid Arc™ technology to target tumor sites while minimizing damage to healthy tissue. The center also features the latest version of the da Vinci robot, which provides physicians with high-definition 3-D images, enabling greater refinement and improved dexterity during procedures.