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Fourth-grade project lights up infusion center

This might be a story about mothers and sons — one mother teaching her child the value of giving back to his community, another accepting support during her own son’s illness. It might also be about serendipity. Liz Abram, business coordinator of the new Infusion Center in Plainfield, happened to...


Bennies honor Backus supporters

From the introductory chorus of  “Fiddler on the Roof,” the theme of the seventh annual Backus Bennies event was tradition to correspond with the hospital’s 125th anniversary. Held in the East Region System Support Office on April 6, the Bennies celebrated the various groups that have sustained Backus Hospital over...


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...


Helping People with Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s disease is a devastating neurodegenerative condition without a cure. Dr. Joy Antonelle de Marcaida is Medical Director of the Chase Family Movement Disorders Center at Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute.  Q.  Give us a bit more detail on Huntington’s disease.  A: Huntington’s is a relatively rare hereditary condition characterized...


Disruption in Healthcare? It’s Already Here.

Disruptive forces such as Facebook and Uber and have revolutionized the way we work and live. Now Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and CVS are among the transformative forces in healthcare. Hosts Elliot Joseph and Rebecca Stewart welcome Matthew Weinstock from Modern HealthCare and Rocco Orlando from Hartford HealthCare to talk about...