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Colonoscopy

What? With New Routine, Colonoscopy Prep Isn’t Half Bad

Nearly 90 percent of people say that prepping for a colonoscopy is what scares them the most about this important test. They may have heard horror stories from their friends, or simply imagine that frequent trips to the bathroom are not something they’re interested in. But there’s good news: Colonoscopy prep...

Colonoscopy

Relax! Here’s the Truth About a Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is the test no one wants but almost everyone who is middle-aged needs. You’ve likely heard it all before: the prep is horrible, it will be uncomfortable, and you don’t need to really get one unless you have cancer symptoms. All of these assumptions couldn’t be further from the...

Brownstone Ribbon-Cutting

Brownstone Clinic Celebrates New Name, Expansion to Jefferson Street

Brownstone Ambulatory Care Services officially became Hartford Hospital Community Health Oct. 28 as it welcomes patients to a gleaming, new building on Jefferson Street. Known for years as the Brownstone Clinic, Hartford Hospital Community Health now greets patients at its longtime home on Retreat Avenue and at 132 Jefferson Street....


Would You Donate a Kidney to a Colleague in Need?

Some might say that the best coworkers would cover a shift for you, go the extra mile on your project, or simply come to work each day with a positive attitude and a smile. Figuratively, great colleagues give an arm and a leg. But what if you needed an organ?...


Hartford Hospital has heart

This past weekend 25 teams representing Hartford Hospital and the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute were proud to walk in support of the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk. Our teams helped raise over $44,000 to benefit heart disease research, and ultimately the care we are so fortunate to provide...

U.S. News Rankings

Hartford Hospital No. 1 in Metro Area in U.S. News Rankings

Hartford Hospital has been ranked No. 1 in the Hartford metro area for the ninth year in a row and among the best in Connecticut for 2019-20 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 30th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most complex patients. (To find...


When Caregiving Wasn’t Enough, Hartford Hospital Nurse Gave Gift of Life

When Heidi Janssen made the decision to become a nurse 24 years ago, it was her passion for making a difference in someone else’s life that fueled her career choice. She treasures every moment with her patients, but always felt a yearning to do more. Her opportunity to do just...

Stroke

Hartford Hospital Recertified as Comprehensive Stroke Center

Last month Hartford Hospital earned recertification from the Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. Hartford Hospital was originally certified in 2013. This is our third recertification. To be eligible, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with stroke-related standards as a Primary Stroke Center and meet additional requirements, including those related to...

Detox Tea

Detox Teas: Are They Really Healthy?

The so-called “detox teas” creating a buzz on social media may not be healthy after all, according to U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who spoke at a press conference June 17 at Hartford Hospital. Many of these teas, sold under a variety of names, claim to promote weight loss and a...

Hernia

This Complex Hernia Case Took 9 Hours. Here’s Why.

After surviving sepsis and a monthlong coma when his pancreas failed and his body started to shut down, Eric Pinsonneault wasn’t too worried about a follow-up surgery a year later for a hernia that had developed at the site of his original incision. “I thought it would be pretty easy...


Fundoplication? It Spelled Relief For Their GERD

For years, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, had a chokehold on Bernice Montefusco of Wallingford and Thomas P. Barrett of Southington. The pain and complications disrupted their daily lives and even adversely affected their loved ones. Barrett said he had no interest in his family or even his granddaughter because he...