Matt Burgard

Recent Articles


Newlywed Fights Cancer – And Wins.

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut had only been open a few months when a nervous and frightened Katie Poole walked through the building’s doors for the first time after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis. It was around Christmastime — six months after the center’s...


Crafts For Cancer Patients: How It Started, At Age 7, For Sofia Sheintop

When Sofia Sheintop’s father, Andrew Sheintop, was admitted to Hartford Hospital with stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma five years ago, she would cheer him up by giving him drawings to post in his room on the cancer inpatient floor. The drawings were not only a source of comfort for her father,...


Why This Cancer Patient Stayed Close To Home

For Lisa Bartlett, time is measured B.D. and A.D. — before-diagnosis and after-diagnosis. “It’s such an earth-shattering thing to be diagnosed with cancer, it changes everything, including your sense of time,” said Lisa, 44, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in June of 2016 during a routine examination at the...


Dr. Peter Yu: After Six Months, A State Of The Cancer Institute Assessment

Dr. Peter Yu, the new physician-in-chief at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, is a recognized expert in the cancer field with more than 30 years’ experience as a researcher and physician leader. After starting his career as a research fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Yu later became director of...


IOL Studies Marijuana’s Effect on Motorists

When it comes to driving under the influence, a lot is known about the effects of alcohol on drivers, and the best tests to use to determine if a driver has been drinking too much. But it’s a different story with marijuana, which affects people in different ways than alcohol...


Presidential Fallout: Why Some People Feel The Psychological Effects

The pace of change, and turbulence, the country has seen since President Donald Trump assumed office has been welcomed by his supporters while leaving others feeling uncertain and confused. That can lead to legitimate behavioral health disorders connected to stress, anxiety and depression, according to Dr. Michael Balkunas, chief of...


After Rushford Trains Meriden Police, A Life Saved With Narcan

Barely a month after receiving training from Rushford on how to properly administer naloxone, or Narcan, the medication that can help reverse the symptoms of an overdose, Meriden police officers saved thee life of a man experiencing an overdose who was found laying unresponsive in the street. “This one incident...


Meriden Police Chief Praises Officers, Rushford For Narcan Training

Meriden Police Chief Jeffry W. Cossette emailed Mayor Kevin Scarpati and members of the Meriden City Council recently to let them know that officers had helped save the life of an opioid overdose victim by administering the medication Naloxone, or Narcan, after receiving training from Rushford representatives. In the email,...


IOL’s Schwartz On CBS’s Sandy Hook Report: ‘End The Code Of Silence’

Dr. Harold I. (Hank) Schwartz, psychiatrist-in-chief at the Institute of Living, appeared on the “CBS Evening News” Dec. 14 to discuss the four-year anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the lessons that have been learned in the aftermath. Dr. Schwartz, who co-authored a comprehensive 2014 report on...


With Rushford’s Guidance, Meriden Police Learn How To Administer Narcan

It looked like a scene from a TV crime drama, but the topic could not have been more real. A group of about 20 Meriden police officers gathered in the roll call room at police headquarters Nov. 28 for the first of several training sessions on how to administer Naloxone,...


For Cancer Nurses, A Loving Reminder Of A Lost ‘Family’ Member

The teddy bears that were recently given to cancer nurses Maureen Bracco and Joanne Stranieri hold the mystical ability to make them both smile and cry, often at the same time. The soft, fuzzy bears were given to the nurses, who work at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The...