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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...


MATCH program thriving

To combat the opioid epidemic, BHN’s reach now totals 16 locations  In the shadow of a relentless opioid epidemic, Hartford HealthCare has become a leader in addressing the challenges of addiction and mental health in a compassionate, accessible and discreet way with its rapidly expanding MATCH Program. MATCH, or Medication...


Proactive professionals prepare for ‘13 Reasons’ sequel

The controversial Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” promoted conversations between teens and parents around difficult topics like suicide and bullying, but also sparked a firestorm of criticism over its graphic content and concern about copycat suicides.  “Anecdotally, Hartford Hospital, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and other  emergency departments saw a notable...


Student Group’s PSA Does its Part to Curb Opioid Abuse

A youth group facilitated by Rushford and radio station KC 101 are teaming up to help fight the opioid crisis. SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) created a public service announcement urging adults to properly dispose of their unused and expired prescription medication so it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands....


Farmington student films documentary on IOL history

Sean Shekhman knew a little bit about the Institute of Living when he started a recent documentary project for his middle school, but didn’t know how much the organization had helped lead progress in behavioral healthcare throughout its history. “I had been to the Institute of Living before,” Sean said,...


Help for the Homeless: Taking it to the Streets

Editor’s note: Hartford HealthCare Senior Communications Specialist Steve Coates recently spent time embedded with Rushford staff members whose jobs include documenting and helping the homeless. Here is their story: Tim Washington couldn’t sleep. It was the coldest night of the year, and Washington, a case manager for Rushford’s Homeless Outreach Program,...


Teens need early intervention

Pediatric experts call for annual depression screenings Although early treatment is seen as an important first step to combating depression, only about half of depressed adolescents are diagnosed before becoming adults. Primary care physicians only identify about one out of every three adolescents with depression, and only about half of those...