Jerry Belanger

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Jefferson House makes wedding dream come true for rehab patient

The bride looked ethereal as she practically floated down the aisle, beaming brightly. However, one guest wore an even bigger smile: her grandmother, Helen Piersa. To capture the joyous occasion, photographs were taken in the gardens with the generations gathered around the senior member of the family to celebrate not...


The Orchards at Southington announces new executive director

LeaAnn Blanchard, of Southington, was named the new executive director effective Oct. 1 of The Orchards at Southington, an assisted and independent senior living community located at 34 Hobart St. Blanchard was named executive director to replace Audrey Vinci who retired on Sept. 28 after 15 years at The Orchards....


Nexera to oversee Supply Chain operations

Over the past year, we have been working with a nationally recognized firm, Nexera, on a comprehensive assessment of Hartford HealthCare’s Supply Chain operation and structure. Together with information and insights from our staff, Nexera has explored ways we can streamline workflow, further improve our supply cost trends and use...


Free Diabetes Prevention Program in Southington

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects more than 30 million people in the United States with more than 1 million people being diagnosed each year, according to the American Diabetes Association. To address the problem locally, the Southington Community YMCA is launching the free 12-week Diabetes Prevention Program in...


Dementia Committee outing to Carousel Museum takes visitors on ride to the past

Tom and Sue Scanlon sat side by side holding hands while riding in the carousel chariot as it took them on a “journey” – back in time reminiscing about childhood. The Scanlons and several other Jerome Home residents recently visited the New England Carousel Museum, located at 95 Riverside Ave.,...

Skip & Jane Stamms

Cedar Mountain Commons becomes home for couple in the town they built

Ever dreamed of visiting Thailand, Russia, Australia or other exotic points on the map? Clifford and Jane Stamm have likely been there. Even before globetrotting, they kept a non-stop pace of life with Mr. Stamm often working seven days a week. Now they have slowed down, enjoying retirement at Cedar...


Hartford HealthCare Senior Services Presents 13 Legacy Awards to Employees

Thirteen Hartford HealthCare Senior Services employees who have distinguished themselves through their dedication and work ethic were honored at the Legacy Awards Celebration held May 17 at Hawk’s Landing Country Club. Honorees received either the Trish Walden Legacy Award – Excellence in Resident-Centered Care or the Clarence J. Silvia Legacy...


2018 Desmarais Scholarship awarded to Windham food services worker

Kevin Howe was recently awarded Windham Hospital’s Jane M. Desmarais Memorial Scholarship, granted each year to an individual furthering their education in the field of nursing. The $1,000 scholarship was created to memorialize the professional standards of excellence that Jane M. Desmarais exemplified while practicing as a nurse at Windham....


Hartford HealthCare names new VP Patient Care Services in East Region

Hartford HealthCare announces the appointment of Laura Currie, RN, MS, as Vice President of Patient Care Services for the East Region. She began April 30. Laura is an executive nurse leader with more than 25 years of experience supporting and guiding teams at Baystate Health System in Massachusetts. She is...


The Orchards at Southington receives Activate Southington grant

LeaAnn Blanchard, director of social services at The Orchards at Southington, third from left, gathers with members of Activate Southington and other grant recipients outside the Southington YMCA Women’s Health & Wellness Center. Blanchard’s program, “Laughter with LeaAnn,” received funding to support its expansion to several days each week. The...


Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging specialist certified as dementia practitioner

Adrianne DeVivo, a dementia specialist with Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, was recently designated a Certified Dementia Practitioner by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. This credential is the highest standard in Alzheimer’s and dementia education. The goal of the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners is to...


Cedar Mountain Commons Names Director of Operations

Cedar Mountain Commons, an independent and assisted living community located at 3 John H. Stewart Drive, recently welcomed its new director of operations. Maley W. Hunt, MHA, LNHA, started this position in February. Hunt began with Hartford HealthCare Senior Services, which manages Cedar Mountain Commons, in 2012 as an administrative...


Hartford HealthCare Senior Services Announces New Community Outreach Manager

Hartford HealthCare Senior Services recently announced Cheryl Olson as the new community outreach manager effective January 2018. In this role, she is responsible for providing education to professional referral sources regarding the organization’s assisted living communities, services and continuum of care through outreach visits and professional events. She is based...