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Breast Cancer Surgeon Joins Central Connecticut Team

Dr. April Duckworth, a breast oncology surgeon, is joining the Comprehensive Breast Center at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut in October. Dr. Duckworth previously served as a fellow at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where she performed nipple-sparing, skin-sparing and other types of mastectomies; biopsies; dissections; ductoscopy;...

Pink Party

How Hartford HealthCare Paints the Town Pink in October

Hartford HealthCare shows its support for breast cancer awareness in October by participating in events throughout the month. Tree of Hope To kick things off on Oct. 1, the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut will unveil the Tree of Hope, featuring postcards fluttering from the...

Rabies

When Rabies Can Kill: Watch for These Signals

When most people think of rabies, they think of the awful disease that turned a loving family dog like Old Yeller into a vicious animal like Cujo. But outside of Hollywood, how much do you actually know about rabies and how this disease has affected residents in their own backyard?...


New Wound Care Center Opens at HOCC

Some of the most serious medical issues can start as a tiny cut on the heel or toe. For patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, or high cholesterol, a small abrasion can quickly turn into a serious wound, resulting in loss of mobility, intense pain, and in the...


New Breast Program Director: Changing the Post-Diagnosis Experience

Finding out you have breast cancer can be overwhelming. Finding out you need to contact and make appointments with several experts in different locations after you’ve been diagnosed only makes it more difficult. Dr. Camelia Lawrence has a vision and a plan to change everything about the post-diagnosis process. “We...


The Hospital of Central Connecticut Recognized by Healthgrades for Clinical Excellence

The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) has been recognized for its consistently high quality of care in a wide range of conditions, including a hospital-wide award for clinical excellence. Healthgrades, an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals, named HOCC a 2018 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence, putting the...


A Guide to Life After Cancer

The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) is offering a free educational series, “Cancer Transitions, A Guide to Your Life After Cancer,” for cancer survivors. Starting May 10, this educational series will educate patients who have recently completed treatment or who are undergoing hormone therapy on what they can expect in...


How Organ Donation Saved One Life, Healed Another

Five years ago, Jammy Davies faced a parent’s worst nightmare. Her 20-year old daughter, Chelsea, became critically ill with bacterial meningitis, an infection in the brain and spinal cord. When Chelsea died at Hartford Hospital, Davies and her husband faced a wrenching decision: Would they be willing to donate their...


Providing Health Care Goes Beyond Medicine

Midstate Joins Project to Address the Social Underpinnings of Health A medical history can reveal health risks that may help providers anticipate problems and provide treatment that offers the best outcome. In the Emergency Department at MidState Medical Center, a survey asking patients about their access to stable housing, health...


Adjusting Your Sleep Schedule for Daylight Saving Time

Spring is almost here and that means daylight saving time is right around the corner! That luxurious extra hour of sunlight means one less hour of sleep at the time change, but do we really need to adjust our sleep schedule to prepare for March 10? Dr. Susan Rubman, insomnia...


A Tip of the Hat to Tom Harwood

Tom Harwood’s co-workers at The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) Bradley Memorial campus will always remember him for his smile, that pep in his step, and his annual holiday hats. “Tom had a hat for every holiday,” said Lisa Hendrickson, ultra sonographer in Diagnostic Radiology at Bradley Memorial campus. “Some...


It’s Super-Caloric Sunday: Fun Facts About Super Bowl LII

Super Bowl LII is almost upon us. As family and friends prepare to gather around their screens Sunday to watch the New England Patriots face the Philadelphia Eagles, it’s a near-cinch they’ll indulge in their favorite game-day foods, share a few laughs and lament the fact that the Monday after the...


Coming Attraction in Cheshire: New Medical Building on Former Cinema Site

A new Hartford HealthCare medical office building in Cheshire, approved in January by the Planning and Zoning Commission, will be a 49,000-square-foot facility on the former Cheshire Cinema site. It’s scheduled to open in 2019. The current plan is for the facility to include primary care, dermatology, endocrinology, neurosciences, rehabilitation,...