Nicole Spagnoletti

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December 2017 – January 2018 Upcoming Events

Library Resources and Technology Learn more about how services at Southington Library are much different today than in the past; it’s not only books anymore. Light complimentary lunch will be served. Thursday, Dec. 21 at 12-1pm The Hospital of Central Connecticut- Bradley Campus, 81 Meriden Avenue, Southington Presented by: Susan Smayda, director,...


November 2017 Events

Craft Fair A craft fair and bake sale will feature an array of gifts just in time for the holidays. Vendors welcome. Saturday, November 4th, 10:00am-3:00pm Mulberry Gardens of Southington 58 Mulberry Street Plantsville, CT Call Donna Johnson at 860.276.1020   Managing Chronic Back Pain New guidelines from the American...


October 2017 Events

Risk Factors, Prevention and Early Detection of Breast Cancer Geared to women. This program will take a more in-depth look into risk factors: for those over 60; are very young; have a family history; and African Americans. Light complimentary dinner provided. Thursday, October 5th, 5:00pm Arbor Rose at Jerome Home...


September 2017 Events

Growing Older Can Bring New Purpose, What is Yours? Celebrate how what you have to offer can change along this journey called life. Discussion will include how physical changes can affect our mindset and vice versa. Thursday, September 7th, 3:00pm Plainville Senior Center 200 East Street Plainville, CT Presented by:...


August 2017 Events

Posture and Pain Join us as we discuss how poor posture can lead to numerous muscular-skeletal problems, including back pain, neck pain, and joint issues as well as what you an do to improve it. Tuesday, August 8th, 10:30am Elmwood Senior Center 1106 New Britain Avenue West Hartford, CT Presented...


July 2017 Events

Cooking for One Cooking for one can seem lonely and confusing. Join us as we share easy, healthy recipes sure to tempt your taste buds! Wednesday, July 5th, 10:30am Bristol Senior Center 240 Stafford Avenue Bristol, CT To register, call 860.584.7895 Staying Safe and Independent at Home Discuss falls and...


June 2017 Events

Mental Health 101 Discuss mental health issues including opioid/heroin epidemic, schizophrenia, depression/anxiety, dementia and bi-polar disorders, and learn about local resources that are available. Complimentary light dinner- space is limited. Thursday, June 1, 6:30pm Plainville Public Library 56 East Main Street Plainville, CT Presented by: Laurel Reagan, APRN, and Pat Rehmer, RN,...


May 2017 Events

Depression in Seniors Depression is common in individuals over the age of 65 and affects seniors differently than younger adults. Learn the signs and symptoms of depression and what can be done to help. Complimentary lunch- space is limited. Thursday, May 11, 12:00pm The Hospital of Central Connecticut- New Britain...


April 2017 Events

Lunch with the Doc: Living Well with Heart Failure Understand your diagnosis and learn what you can do to prevent hospital re-admissions. Tuesday, April 4, 12:30-2pm Jefferson House 1 John H. Stewart Drive Newington, CT Presented by: Dr. Ronald Pariser, Cardiologist To register, call 1.855.HHC.HERE (1.855.442.4373) Living with Back Pain?...


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February 27, 2017

Up2Date* >> Feb. 27, 2017 * A weekly resource for HHC’s Planning and Sales Teams Up2Date is made fresh every Monday. Contributors for this Up2Date include: Helayne Lightstone, Shawn Mawhiney, Dan Small, Erika Stinson, Carol Vassar Look, ma: No attachments: In this issue, we’re using Dropbox links rather than attachments for items referenced....


Backus Hospital, Hartford HealthCare bring new services to shoreline

Hartford HealthCare and Backus Hospital are expanding services in southern New London County, offering comprehensive primary and specialty care to residents on the shoreline. Hartford HealthCare’s expanded and existing services are providing advanced and coordinated care in the areas of primary care, urgent care, cardiology, urology, women’s health, oncology, pediatrics,...


Employee wellness symposium stresses prevention, accountability

Prevention and accountability are the keys to any successful employee wellness program.  That was the theme of the inaugural Workplace Health Symposium hosted by American Heart Association and the Hartford HealthCare Heart and Vascular Institute on Feb. 14 at the East Region System Support Office in Norwich. Keynote speaker Dr....


March 2017 Events

Downsizing & Making the Most of Your Transition Steps needed to downsize while keeping your sanity & making the most of what you own. Prepare your home for maximum mobility and safety, and address questions and concerns about staying in your home or making a transition to a new home....


February 2017 Events

Featured Event: Dementia & Care-giving Series Learn strategies and effective communication tips to better understand and relate to individuals with memory loss. Mondays, February 6 to March 6, 1:30-3:00pm (Free) Calendar House 388 Pleasant Street Southington, CT Presented by: Michelle Wyman, LSW, CDP, and Patty O’Brian, CDP, dementia specialists Sponsored by:...


Re-inventing Ourselves, Getting it Right

All of us will re-invent ourselves several times during our careers as we respond to the continually changing landscape that is healthcare. If we are guided by a common vision for a better world, these can be tremendous opportunities for personal and institutional growth. In the few months that I...


Early Detection Program Recognized for ‘Going Above and Beyond’

The Connecticut Early Detection and Prevention Program, a statefunded effort to promote prevention and early detection of cancer and other health issues overseen by the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute’s Outreach Program, has been recognized for “going above and beyond” in performance standards by the state Department of Public Health and...


Immunotherapy Makes Debut at Hartford HealthCare Clinics

Immunotherapy, a groundbreaking new approach to fighting cancer that harnesses the power of the immune system, is being offered at cancer centers within the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute with encouraging signs of success, according to Peter Yu, MD, the Institute’s physician-in-chief. “For people like myself who have been in the...


Congratulations Flynn Fellows

Maura Kenny and Lindsey Hermann became the first nursing students to complete the Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital this summer. Kenny, a nursing student at the University of Connecticut, and Hermann, a nursing student at the University of Saint Joseph,...


Radiation Oncology Programs Achieve ‘Bronze Certification’

The radiation oncology Lean Daily Management Teams within the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute have earned Bronze Certification through the effective integration of Lean practices, principles and tools. The designation follows training and implementation of daily management techniques over the past year. Lean principles have been incorporated as elements of the...


Nurse Brings Passion to Help Breast Cancer Patients

Lori Baranowski, RN, has a passion for helping women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, which is why she was recently hired as the breast cancer nurse navigator for the Hartford Health-Care Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut. In her new role, Lori serves as the welcoming...


Local family builds upon 20-year relationship with Jerome Home

Nancy Judd and her family members have been grateful throughout the years that Jerome Home has been there to meet their many needs. It has an excellent reputation in the community, she said, known for its skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation, residential care, memory care and assisted living. Judd’s personal experience...


Healthy Family FunFest 2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017 10:30-3:30pm The Aqua Turf Club 556 Mulberry Street Plantsville, CT 06479 Join us for an exciting and fun-filled day with health information, speakers, screenings, demonstrations, and activities for everyone from children to seniors. Admission is free, and you can explore many different areas including: Healthy Minds:...


Geriatric Specialists Provide Free In-Home Assessments to Southington Residents

Older residents in Southington at large are benefiting from in-home health-related services made possible through the Bradley Henry Barnes and Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust of the Main Street Community Foundation. Earlier this year, the Trust provided funding to the Hartford HealthCare Center at Home for free home consultations with...


Identify and Treat Behavioral Health Disorders with Hartford HealthCare at Home

Since losing her husband one year ago, 86-year-old Helen has struggled with anxiety and depression. Recently discharged from the hospital for “weakness,” she was admitted to Hartford HealthCare at Home for skilled psychiatric nursing. Upon admission, Helen repeated that she “was overwhelmed with everyday life.” Once a vibrant older adult,...


Friendship is Good for the Heart

Written by Laurie St. John, RN- Hartford HealthCare at Home “Friendship is what gets you through the bad times and helps you enjoy the good times.” – Unknown Did you know that watching a movie, playing cards … even enjoying an ice cream cone can actually be beneficial to your...


Movement Disorders

Up to 1 million people in the United States are affected by Parkinson’s Disease each year. Even more are affected by other movement disorders and tremors such as tics, facial spasms and Tourette syndrome. A new center opened in Cheshire in July 2016 to assist and treat people with these...


January 2017 Events

Staying on Your Feet on Ice & Snow There are a few basic things we can all do when we’re out in ice and snow to prevent falls and injuries. Please join Mark Colello, GoodLife Fitness exercise physiologist, as he discusses ways to keep yourself safe this winter. Wednesday, January...


December 2016 Events

CHOICES Counseling Event Friday, Dec. 2, 9am-4pm MidState Medical Center Conference Center V 435 Lewis Avenue, Meriden To register, call 1.877.4AGING1 (1.877.424.4641). Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging is holding a CHOICES Counseling Events during Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period. You will meet one on one with a CHOICES counselor...


November 2016 Events

We welcome you and your loved ones to join us for some of our special programs and events listed below. The Art of Healing Thursday, Nov. 10, 1:30-2:30pm. Calendar House 388 Pleasant Street, Southington To register, call 1.855.HHC.HERE (1.855.442.4373). Learn how integrative medicine therapy such as acupuncture, reiki, guided imagery/hypnotherapy,...


Support Groups

We welcome you and your loved ones to join us for some of our special programs and events listed below. Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group Do you care for someone diagnosed with a dementia? Are you looking for information and support? A support group provides educational and social support. Duncaster 40 Loeffler Road,...


Free Screenings: Find Events Near You

We welcome you and your loved ones to join us for some of our programs and events listed below. If you have any questions regarding these events, please call 860.378.1268 Blood Pressure Screenings Southington Community YMCA 29 High Street, Southington. Tuesdays, Jan. 3, Feb. 7, March 7, 9:30-10:30am. Hosted by Hartford...


Shots aren’t just for kids!

Written by Sowmya S Kurtakoti, MD, Medical Director at Hartford Hospital Senior Primary Care at Duncaster According to the data from 2012 National Health Survey (NHIS), too few adults are getting their recommended vaccines. But, why does this matter? Why should one vaccinate? One may be at risk for developing...


Telerehabilitation facilitates patients’ knee replacement recovery at home

After total knee replacement surgery, individuals usually receive intensive physical therapy either at an inpatient rehabilitation facility or at home with a visiting therapist. The telerehabilitation program at Jefferson House continues to connect patients to their therapists even after discharge. This innovative telerehab therapy at Jefferson House – the first...


Telephone contact following discharge keeps patients on track

Southington Care Center patients who have been discharged following short term rehabilitation from surgery or injury have appreciated hearing a friendly voice on the phone checking to see how they are settling in at home or a step-down healthcare setting. The care center’s director of transitions makes the calls to...


Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging at Windham

Giselle Lopez was quite concerned about her aging father and finding the care he needed at home. Connecting with Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging at Windham Hospital, resource coordinator Joseph Zuzel arranged an in-home assessment and therapists, a home companion and personal care attendant to enable the older gentleman...