Shawn Mawhiney

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Hartford HealthCare Receives 38 Marketing/Communications Awards

Hartford HealthCare received 38 Lamplighter awards at the New England Society for Healthcare Communications’ (NESHCo) annual conference on Thursday, May 30. The awards – which included nine golds, 14 silvers and 15 awards of excellence – were given at the annual Lamplighter Awards Ceremony held at the Omni Hotel in...


Mass Shootings, Suicides Create Call for Action

In just a matter of days, two survivors of the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting and the father of a first-grade girl killed in the Sandy Hook massacre committed suicide. While the actual shootings occurred more than six years apart, time has little to do with how someone is impacted by...


Suicide on the Rise, Especially Among Young People

While we have gotten better at treating cancer and heart disease, that is not the case with suicide. Suicides are on the rise, especially among young people. Overall, suicides remain a leading cause of death in the U.S., with approximately 45,000 people per year dying of suicide.  According to the...


Greatness at Natchaug Goes Beyond the Numbers

Natchaug Hospital had a successful year in terms of inpatient volume, outpatient visits and financial stability. But most importantly, its focus on recovery for those suffering from mental health and addiction was stronger than ever. “It’s been a remarkable year at Natchaug,” said Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network (BHN) Vice...


Institute of Living Education Building to be Named for Retiring Leader Hank Schwartz

The Institute of Living (IOL) Commons Building will be named  after Harold (Hank) Schwartz, MD, whose legacy includes transforming the IOL into what it is today and the recognition he has brought it across the state and nation. Dr. Schwartz, affectionately known as Hank, is stepping down as Psychiatrist-in-Chief on...


Hank Schwartz: Farewell, but not Goodbye

Institute of Living Psychiatrist-in-Chief Harold (Hank) Schwartz, MD, is known for speaking his mind, transforming the Institute of Living during a time of crisis, speaking out against the Catholic Church during the priest abuse scandal and his work following the Sandy Hook massacre. But there is a lot more to...


Hartford HealthCare Bone and Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital Appoints New Leader

Hartford HealthCare has hired Theodore A. Blaine as physician-in-chief of its Bone and Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital, the only facility of its kind in the region. Dr. Blaine is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in orthopedics, and has a broad range of expertise in academic, clinical, research...


Breast Cancer Breakthrough Means Less Chemo

Download your comprehensive breast cancer guide here. Women with early stage breast cancer can avoid chemotherapy treatment in many cases, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Peter Yu, MD, Physician-in-Chief of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, said the findings of the clinical trial, which included...


Technology in Medicine – Like it or Not, Here it Comes

Technology is moving fast – whether it’s in the world of hand-held devices, TVs, or healthcare. But unlike your teenager’s urgent pleas to acquire the latest iPhone, or your spouse salivating over a mammoth flat-screen, there is a lot more at stake when trying to harness technology in healthcare. Moving...


The Future of Cancer Care is Now

At one of the largest cancer conferences in the world, a debate was scheduled about “Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) – Is It Right for Every Patient?” But in the end, the question at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting and conference June 1 wasn’t is it right,...


New Technology Could Help Head and Neck Cancer Survivors

The Hartford HealthCare (HHC) Cancer Institute and the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center are working together to test technology that could improve quality of life and outcomes for head and neck cancer survivors. An abstract written by a wide range of clinicians, including MSK Assistant Attending Outcomes Research Scientist...


Breast Surgeon: Why Komen Race Inspires Me

Once you have suffered the loss of a loved one to breast cancer, the battle against the disease can become very personal – even if you are a physician. “I have had friends and colleagues diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Camelia  Lawrence, MD, a breast surgeon and new Director of...

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Year in Review: The Latest Breakthroughs in Cancer Care

Now that 2017 is in the books, let’s take a look at the past year’s cancer breakthroughs and headlines according to Memorial Sloan Kettering, one of the nation’s premier cancer centers: The Food and Drug Administration’s approval of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy for certain types of leukemia...


Behavioral Health Network: Anti-Addiction Medicine May Also Help With Mood Disorders

Less than one year after it opened, the medically-assisted treatment for addiction program (MATCH) at Rushford’s Meriden center has treated 100 patients with the drug Buprenorphine and preliminary data suggest that the success stories go well beyond helping people with opioid addiction “kick the habit.” Although Rushford and Natchaug have...


’13 Reasons’ Screening, Panel Discussion June 12 At Real Art Ways

The Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network (BHN) is hosting a community screening and forum called “What’s Wrong (and Right) with ‘13 Reasons Why’” on June 12 at 6 p.m. at Real Art Ways in Hartford. The event features a screening of an episode of “13 Reasons Why” followed by a...


A Warning To Parents On Blue Whale Challenge Suicide ‘Game’ For Teens

Most people have heard of Russian Roulette. But now a lesser-known game emanating from Russia is a new threat to children and teens across the globe – including Connecticut. The Blue Whale Challenge has come ashore, becoming popular enough that some school districts in Connecticut are addressing it, sending letters...


What New Accreditation Means For Cancer Institute

Hospital accreditations take lots of hard work by many people, but they sometimes fly under the radar. That won’t be the case with the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute’s most recent accreditation. In March, the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer accredited the Cancer Institute as an Integrated Network Cancer...


Opening Day At The Bone & Joint Institute, The $200 Million Orthopedic Hospital

From unique patient gowns to sophisticated gait analyses, the $200 million Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital showcased the future of orthopedic care when the facility opened its doors to patients on Jan. 9. A press conference marked the opening of Connecticut’s first and only dedicated orthopedic...