Brenda Kestenbaum

Recent Articles


Inpatient Rehab Team Engages Bride-to-be

Laura Day had a lot to look forward to – her two-year old daughter was anticipating Santa’s arrival, she had a baby on the way, and life with her boyfriend was good. In the days before Christmas, Laura was stricken with a stomach bug – nothing out of the ordinary,...

Patient Liaison

How Patient Liaisons Help Smooth the Way at Hospitals

Being in the hospital can be unsettling, unfamiliar and uncomfortable for many patients. After all, it’s not where they would rather be. To help smooth the way and enhance patient experience, patient liaisons are now on staff at The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) in New Britain and Bradley campuses,...

Healthcare Hero Awards

Dr. Gluck, Nurse Scirpo Honored as Healthcare Heroes by Hartford Business Journal

Two Hartford HealthCare professionals were among the honorees at the 2019 Hartford Business Journal Healthcare Hero awards ceremony. Dr. Jason Gluck from Hartford Hospital and Shawnna Scirpo, Director of Nursing for Emergency Services at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, were recognized in early December. Dr. Jason Gluck doesn’t shy away...

New PET-CT Scanner

For Plainville Cancer Patients, New PET-CT Scanner Reduces Radiation

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut in Plainville is now using a General Electric  Healthcare Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography (PET-CT) scanner that provides superior image quality while reducing patient scan times, radiotracers, as well as radiation needed. The GE Discovery PET-CT 710 is the highest-sensitivity...

Mammography

Mammogram? Let a Women’s Health Coordinator Be Your Guide

Whether it’s a woman’s first or the fifth, having a mammogram can bring a flood of emotions and anxiety. Patients face unfamiliar, sometimes uncomfortable equipment designed to detect abnormalities in the breast. If a mammogram reveals a cause for concern, many women’s minds race as they wait with uncertainty and...

Overweight woman talking to medical professional.

Overcoming Obesity: When Diet and Exercise Aren’t Working

Millions of Americans are considered obese, fighting every day to take off the extra pounds. Some have struggled with weight since childhood, others gained weight in adulthood. Understanding obesity and its complexity is important to combatting it. The science behind losing weight is more than eating less and doing more...

Organ Donor Ceremony

Organ Donors Remembered at HOCC Ceremony for Giving Gift of Life

“This is how I make ‘Katie memories.’ These are my memories now,” says Pat Kupec as she takes a long look at the banner that bears the image of her daughter, Katie, who died nearly 5 years ago, and was an organ donor. “She passed away at age 32, but...

Cooled RF

How Cooled Radiofrequency Can Help Osteoarthritis, Back Pain

For people who suffer with chronic knee, hip or back pain, discomfort can affect every aspect of day-to-day living. Going up and down stairs, taking a walk around the block, running errands and even sleeping can be physically painful and emotionally draining. Maybe you’ve suffered for years with knee, hip...