Healthy Living: Always Innovating


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Sharon Hospital
50 Hospital Hill Rd., Sharon
(860) 364-4141, 
Once again, the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted three-year Accreditation with Commendation to the hospital’s cancer program. In addition, the hospital’s Primary Stroke Center has again been designated an approved Primary Stroke Center by the state Department of Public Health. The designation recognizes the hospital’s ability to care for stroke patients at the highest level for a community hospital. The hospital also received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award for implementing a high standard of stroke care.

Stamford Hospital
30 Shelburne Rd., Stamford
(203) 276-1000,
Stamford Hospital is in the process of obtaining regulatory approval to build a new health-care campus, which will include a larger emergency department with a dedicated pediatric treatment area, larger operating rooms, an ICU and an inpatient bed tower with private rooms. Recently, the hospital launched its Center for Surgical Weight Loss and received designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the state. Stamford’s Orthopedic Services earned Joint Commission certification for the Lumbar Spine Fusion Program, making it the state’s only Joint Commission-certified program. In addition, the hospital renovated its orthopedic/neurosurgery unit.

Waterbury Hospital
64 Robbins St., Waterbury
(203) 573-6000, 
In 2010, the hospital responded to national trends by aligning itself with large local medical practices such as Alliance Medical Group, one of the largest practices in Connecticut with more than 100 practicing physicians. Both Alliance and Waterbury Hospital have taken strides toward fully computerizing all medical records, a process that will enhance patient care by improving and streamlining communication among caregivers. Waterbury Hospital also successfully recruited the region’s first colorectal surgeon, Dr. John Zhang of the Alliance Medical Group.

The William W. Backus Hospital
326 Washington St., Norwich
(860) 889-8331,
A year ago, The William W. Backus Hospital opened a new Plainfield Backus Health Center in Plainfield, and Montville Backus Health Center in Montville; it also received state approval to open a satellite emergency department in Plainfield. In addition, the hospital opened the new Backus Weight Loss Center  in Norwich, offering bariatric surgery, nutritional counseling, support groups and behavioral screenings. In addition, a $6 million hospital laboratory expansion was completed at the main facility, which also saw the purchase of a new Business and Technology Center for staff training and nonclinical departments. Finally, the hospital’s Critical Care Unit (CCU) received a Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence, an award given to only 242 of 6,000 CCUs nationwide.

University of Connecticut Health Center (John Dempsey Hospital)
263 Farmington Ave., Farmington
(860) 679-2000, 
In 2011, UConn Health Center hopes to move forward with the first major upgrade to the John Dempsey Hospital in its history, plus a new patient-care tower. The center opened a cardiac catheterization lab to support the work of interventional specialists at the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center, and launched a women’s heart health program. Led by two female cardiologists, the program will help women understand their risk of heart disease and learn how to manage risk factors. Working with the national Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, the center has established the state’s first bladder-cancer support group. In addition, the facility continues to oversee clinical expansion at the New England Musculoskeletal Institute and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

Windham Hospital
112 Mansfield Ave., Willimantic
(860) 456-9116,
The paramedic team at Windham Hospital recently completed a national course in Critical Care Emergency Medical Transportation from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), making the Windham paramedic team the only fully licensed Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport Paramedic team in the state. Training for the paramedics included life-support skills and EMT certification, but the Windham team additionally sought out the UMB course to hone and expand their ability to serve critically ill and severely injured patients—patients whose survival could depend on the team that transports them to the hospital. Windham Hospital’s recent integration with Hartford Healthcare (HHC) will broaden its ability to provide personalized care and expands the range of services provided.

Yale-New Haven Hospital
20 York St., New Haven
(203) 688-4242,
Yale-New Haven Hospital was the only Connecticut hospital to be named one of the top hospitals in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals.” YNHH had three specialties that were ranked in the nation’s top 10: diabetes and endocrinology, geriatrics and psychiatry. YNHH also established an Aortic Institute for clinical care of patients with thoracic aortic aneurysms and research of aortic diseases. A partnership was forged with University College London to collaborate on scientific research and education and to create new programs to treat heart disease. In addition, the YNHH bariatric surgery program received national accreditation as a Level 1a facility.

Healthy Living: Always Innovating

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